People undergo eyelid surgery for a number of reasons. The procedure can help if you have a droopy upper eyelid that makes it difficult to see. It can also help reduce the signs of aging on your face, making under eye bags less visible or making your eyes appear wider and more alert. As with any surgical procedure, some downtime is needed after eyelid surgery. While the instructions you receive from your surgeon for recovery might be similar to the instructions given for any other type of surgery, some of them will be specific to your eyes. To make the most of the recovery after your surgery, be sure to follow your doctor’s directions carefully.
Use Eye Drops as Needed
The surgery might affect your eye’s ability to produce tears, meaning that you might feel some dryness or irritation in the eyes for some time after surgery. Dry eyes are more common after eyelid surgery if you had dry eyes before the procedure. It’s a good idea to let your surgeon know about any dryness issues before surgery, so that he can make adjustments or advise waiting, if needed.
After the procedure, your surgeon will most likely recommend using eye drops or artificial tears to help cope with the dry eye. You have a number of options when it comes to choosing eye drops. If your dry eye is severe, your surgeon might recommend using a thicker product. Thicker products tend to feel more like a gel than a liquid and might temporarily make your vision blurry.
Any dryness should clear up soon after surgery. If yours persists for more than a few weeks, make sure to mention it to your surgeon. He might recommend another treatment.
Limit What You Watch
If you were planning on using your week or two home from work to rest up and perhaps binge watch a few seasons of your favorite television show, you might want to rethink your plan, especially for the first few days after your surgery. Watching television can dry your eyes out, making recovery a bit more uncomfortable. The same is true of using anything with a screen or participating in any activity that requires a lot of focus and effort on the part of your eyes, such as reading a book or magazine.
You don’t have to sit absolutely still, with your eyes closed, doing nothing during your downtime, though. It’s a great chance to get caught up on "Serial" or another popular podcast. While you might not be able to read a book cover to cover, you can listen in on an audiobook.
Be Careful With Cosmetics
Bruising, swelling and some redness are par for the course after eyelid surgery. You might want to do anything in your power to make the bruising and swelling less noticeable. A few things you can do include keeping your head elevated and using cold compresses on the eyes. One thing you shouldn’t do, at least not at first, is put makeup on the eye area.
When the incisions are still healing, you risk giving yourself a permanent tattoo if you put colorful makeup on. Wait until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead before you start using concealer and other cosmetics around the eyes. Choose the color of the concealer based on the color of your bruises. Yellow concealer will help mask purple bruises, green concealer is great for redness.
If your surgeon says it’s okay to start wearing eye shadow, choose the product you use carefully. Look for a matte shadow, instead of one with shimmer or glitter. Glittery or shimmery shadows often contain small particles that can flake off, irritating the still delicate eye area.
Most importantly, invest in new eye makeup products after your surgery. The healing area is very delicate and you don’t want to risk exposing it to any bacteria that might be on older makeup products or brushes.
Protect Your Eyes
While wearing glasses isn’t recommended after some surgeries, such as rhinoplasty, wearing glasses after eyelid surgery is generally a good idea. Dark sunglasses with UV protection will shield your eyes from overly bright sunlight if you have to go outdoors and protect them from the dangerous rays of the sun. A pair of glasses can also act as a barrier, protecting your delicate, still-healing eyes from any dust or debris that might be flying in the air.
Brevard’s only double board certified, practicing facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ross Clevens can give you more tips and advice to help you get the most out of your eyelid surgery recovery. Eyes that look more youthful or well rested need an adequate amount of downtime after surgery to look their best. To get more details on eyelid surgery and to schedule a consultation today, call Dr. Clevens’ practice at (321) 727-3223 today.