Many people give a lot of thought to the results of their eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, but they never actually think about the eyelid surgery recovery and healing process. With any type of surgery, the recovery is an important part to ensuring the best outcome in a timely fashion. Knowing what to expect after your eyelid surgery will better prepare you for any bumps in the road or unexpected changes. Here at Garlich Facial Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to perfection and helping you have the best recovery experience possible.

Activity Restrictions
After you have eyelid surgery, it’s important for you to take it easy for at least 7 to 10 days. Avoid strenuous activities for at least 3 weeks. If you wear contacts, refrain from using them and stick with just your glasses for a couple weeks. Most people can go back to work after 10 days, but blurred vision may still persist and make daily tasks challenging. You will likely experience mild discomfort for a week or so after your surgery, but we will prescribe you medications to alleviate the pain.

Bruising and Swelling
Because the eyes are extremely delicate, swelling and bruising will likely occur after the surgery. The swelling can last up to three weeks and bruising can vary from moderate to extreme, but both will fade over time. In order to keep the bruising and swelling to a minimum, place cold compresses carefully over your eyes and face. This will also relieve any pain you may have as well.

Sleeping after surgery may be slightly uncomfortable and difficult. To minimize swelling, it’s important to sleep with your head elevated for several days after the surgery. You can either purchase a foam wedge pillow or craft your own wedge from pillows around your bed.

At Garlich, we are committed to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction throughout the entire process. We encourage communication and will talk to you through any concerns or problems you may have. If you experience excessive pain, dryness, or any signs of an infection please contact us so we can relieve your symptoms immediately and get you back on track to proper healing.

Get directions to our Gainesville, Georgia office today or simply call us at 678.343.2190 for more information.