A Toronto blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to correct the appearance of the eyelids to provide a more youthful and refreshed look. As with other surgeries, a blepharoplasty involves a reasonable period of recovery following the procedure. To ensure that patients receive the best possible outcome from their eyelid rejuvenation, it’s important that they know what to expect and plan for the necessary aftercare.
This eyelid surgery is generally done on an outpatient basis, although some cases may be better suited for the hospital. The best environment for the surgery and recovery is determined by both the patient and surgeon.
Immediately following a Toronto blepharoplasty surgery, patients can expect to see some general redness and swelling around the surgical area. The delicate skin around the eyes is very sensitive so excessive eye watering, or possibly an irritated, dry feeling is to be expected and can be alleviated with ointment provided by the surgeon. Other common after effects while recovering from blepharoplasty are temporary blurred vision and sensitivity to light. With time, these will subside.
If a patient has undergone a procedure involving the upper and lower eyelids, they will notice that the eyelids feel tight and are accompanied by temporary soreness that can be effectively treated with over the counter medications. To cope with any discomfort and sensitive skin during the first couple of days following the blepharoplasty procedure, you’ll be provided with a soothing ointment to apply at incision sites. For lubrication and to promote healing, eye drops are available to prevent dryness, and cold compresses can help reduce swelling.
During the first week following a Toronto blepharoplasty, we recommend that patients avoid activities that increase eye strain. These include reading, watching television, wearing contacts and spending hours looking at a computer screen. It’s a good idea to keep the head elevated as much as possible during the first week because this helps minimize swelling and bruising.
You must not bend completely over until your surgeon gives you the all clear. Any sutures that need to be removed 7-10 days following your blepharoplasty will be removed during a follow up appointment with Dr. Solomon’s nurse. The majority of patients are able to resume their normal activities after ten days of recovery.
The eyelids will continue to heal for a few weeks following surgery. It’s important that patients protect their eyes from any irritation caused by the sun and wind, thus dark sunglasses are good to have on hand after. Some patients notice that their eyes may tire easily while recovering, therefore frequent naps are an excellent idea.
As patients progress through recovery in the first three to four weeks, activities that cause excessive blood flow to the eyes are not encouraged. These activities include bending, lifting, crying and active sports. Patients will be able to resume physical exercise once they have recovered sufficiently.
Complete recovery from an eyelid surgery can take up to several weeks. Patients should plan to receive plenty of rest for their bodies to heal well. The redness, swelling and other side effects will fade over time after the procedure. For some patients, the recovery from a blepharoplasty can appear long. However, it is important for patients to be patient as their eyelids heal. The final outcome from this procedure is well worth the wait as patients appear younger looking, alert and refreshed.
If you are interested in a Toronto blepharoplasty and want to know more about the procedure and its recovery phase, feel welcome to come to our clinic for a private consultation with Dr. Philip Solomon an Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon practicing Facial Plastic Surgery in Toronto for 20 years. Together, we can discuss how an eyelid surgery will meet your aesthetic goals.
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