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Eyelid Surgery Recovery

What can I expect during recovery from blepharoplasty?

You will feel some tightness when the anesthetic wears off. You may also experience some eye dryness and excessive tearing, as well as bruising and swelling. These symptoms will gradually subside in the weeks following your surgery. Frequent application of cool compresses for the first 72 hours helps to speed the healing process along, as well as application of topical Arnica Montana for visible bruising.

Incisions are cared for 4-6 times per day by cleansing the incision lines with hydrogen peroxide, followed by application of an eye lubricant to the incisions themselves.

A tiny blue suture is used to close the upper eyelid incision, and an even smaller suture is used to close the lower eyelid incision (if an external incision is made). All sutures are removed between 5-7 days following your surgery.

Most patients take 7-10 days off from work after eyelid surgery and are able to wear contact lenses again after about 10 days. You should be able to exercise within 3 weeks.

With some make-up and/ or thick-rimmed glasses, you should be able to go out in public with minimal attention drawn to yourself in just 2-3 days.

Depending on the skin type, lumps and bumps may be present along the incision lines in the initial phases of healing. These usually go away with time, but we can often speed the healing process along with local injections of steroids. Occasionally, milia (plugged up oil glands) will be present, and these can be easily treated in the clinic as well.

As a rule, 80% of swelling is gone in 2 weeks and 90% of swelling is generally gone by 2 months, so do not try to evaluate the results of surgery too soon.

How long do the results of blepharoplasty last?

The results of blepharoplasty are permanent in the sense that your eyes will always look more youthful than if you never had the procedure done. However, as the aging process continues, skin will continue to sag, and bags will continue to develop. “Tuck-up” procedures may be necessary after some years, and Dr. Velargo is very experienced in revision blepharoplasty as well.

Does Insurance cover blepharoplasty?

In our experience, it is getting more and more difficult to convince insurance companies to defray any costs associated with blepharoplasty except in the rare instance of severe visual obstruction from upper lid hooding. Even then, the process to obtain insurance coverage is onerous and often futile, as the patient nearly always obtains some cosmetic improvement.

Contact the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today to find out more about expert upper and/or lower eyelid surgery.