Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can rejuvenate the appearance of your face by removing under-eye bags, wrinkles in the eyelids, and sagging skin in the upper eyelids. The cosmetic procedure leaves patients looking younger and more refreshed.
Our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sahar Nadimi regularly performs the procedure for patients in Chicago, IL. Following eyelid surgery, patients will experience swelling near the surgical sites. This is a normal and temporary side effect of any surgery. Dr. Nadimi explains what to expect in regards to swelling and steps you can take to reduce swelling after blepharoplasty.
Eyelid Swelling: What to Expect and How to Reduce It
Immediately after surgery, your eyes may feel tight and sore. Swelling is a natural side effect of surgery. The first phase of healing is sometimes called the inflammatory phase. Swelling will be most noticeable immediately after surgery. After that, the amount of swelling will slowly subside.
Your eyelids may be noticeably swollen for one to three weeks after surgery. It may take up to a few months for your final cosmetic results to be revealed. During your recovery, there are steps that you can take to reduce swelling and lower your risk of side effects or complications.
Follow Your Recovery Guidelines
Following your plastic surgery at our Chicago, IL, practice you will be given detailed recovery guidelines that should be followed closely. A healthy recovery is your best bet for lowering your risk of prolonged swelling. If you ever have additional questions, Dr. Nadimi or a member of our team will be glad to offer you immediate advice.
Eat a Nutritious Diet
Proper nutrition will be important as you heal. There’s no miracle cure for swelling. Taking in the proper amount of calories for your body size, eating healthy, plant-based meals with plenty of protein, and staying hydrated can ensure that your body has the resources to heal properly.
Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
Sun exposure can increase swelling and lead to scar discoloration. Your best bet is to avoid excessive sun exposure for the first week after surgery. Never apply sunscreen directly on or near unhealed incisions.
Elevate Your Head
Swelling can be aggravated by increased blood flow. One way to prevent excessive swelling is to keep your head elevated when resting or sleeping.
Ice constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling. Prolonged use of ice packs can be dangerous, so consult with Dr. Nadimi or a member of our team for details of how and when to place ice packs near your eyelids.
Avoid Strenuous Activities
For the first three days after surgery at our Chicago, IL, surgical center, avoid any excessive physical activity. Injuring your eyelids before they fully recover can prolong swelling or lead to dangerous complications.
Schedule Your Blepharoplasty Consultation Today
Dr. Nadimi will take great care to ensure that your cosmetic surgery is as minimally invasive as possible. Swelling is a normal response to surgery, and inflammation will begin to noticeably lower in the days following surgery. To schedule your eyelid surgery consultation, please contact our office online or call (630) 932-9690.