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Eyelid Surgery Recovery Can Be Fast and Effective


At her Little Rock, AR, practice, Dr. Suzanne Yee is committed to your comfort and safety during every stage of treatment. Even before blepharoplasty, she will provide all necessary information to make your eyelid surgery recovery as fast and comfortable as possible. After the procedure, it can take several weeks for your eyes to heal. Nonetheless, you can typically go back to work in seven to 10 days. Discomfort should start to fade within the first week, and Dr. Yee can prescribe medications to help alleviate inflammation. These prescriptions and her detailed guidance can also reduce your risk for post-surgical complications, and they can safeguard the beautiful aesthetic results of your procedure.

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Recovery from blepharoplasty can be smooth and effective when you follow your post-operative instructions as closely as possible.

Common Side Effects after Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Yee performs safe and precise blepharoplasty. All the same, every surgery does have some risk of side effects. The temporary consequences of upper or lower blepharoplasty may include:

  • Swelling: This could affect your upper and lower lids, and it could extend out to your cheeks. Typically, it will peak two to three days after surgery, after which time it will start to subside quickly.
  • Trouble closing your eyes: Due to the swelling, your eyelids may be stiff. As swelling subsides, their normal range of motion should return.
  • Bruising: Like swelling, bruises will also be most noticeable two to three days after surgery. After about a week, most bruising should begin to fade.
  • Dry eye: Your eyes may feel itchy and inflamed for several weeks. Over-the-counter or prescription eye drops can help to ease irritation.
  • Vision disturbances: You may notice slightly blurred or double vision for several days. Do not drive until this side effect has cleared up.

Eyelid Surgery Aftercare and Timeline

During the first week following blepharoplasty, you should get plenty of rest and be very protective of your eyes. Sleep with your head elevated to improve blood flow and reduce swelling. Ice packs can also help to control inflammation and irritation. It is also important to eat a low-salt diet both before and after surgery in order to further minimize swelling.

You should treat your incisions with topical healing gels and use eye drops as instructed by Dr. Yee. In addition to physical rest during this first week, you should also avoid any activities that could strain your eyes. These include computer use, reading, and watching TV. Typically, your stitches will come out after about a week, and you can incorporate more activities back into your routine at this time.

Dr. Yee is committed to your comfort and safety during every stage of treatment.

Many patients are able to go back to work after seven to 10 days. Even so, it is important to listen to your body and continue to get plenty of rest if you still feel tired from your surgery. Once you do start to leave the house, be sure to wear dark sunglasses for the next several weeks. By three to four weeks after blepharoplasty, you can typically resume normal exercise. However, you should consult with Dr. Yee and begin working out only when she gives her approval.

In about a month, your recovery will be nearly complete, and you should start to enjoy your enhanced look. There may still be some slight swelling. As it subsides, your results should become more apparent. 

Advanced Techniques Mean Recovery Is Easier Than Ever Before

Whenever possible, Dr. Yee uses minimally invasive treatments to reduce discomfort and healing time. Tissue removal is sometimes necessary to achieve the desired effects. On the other hand, if you are younger or want only a minor change, she may recommend dermal fillers, laser skin resurfacing, or similar treatments. These procedures will not leave scars, and significantly reduce your recovery time. Furthermore, some dermal fillers contain collagen, an important connective protein that helps your body to retain moisture. Thus, it can increase skin elasticity for longer-lasting results. At the same time, these conservative treatments are not permanent. Blepharoplasty cannot stop the aging process, but the results can last for decades. Dr. Yee is known for her honesty and personal concern for her patients. She will explain all options at your consultation and help you determine the right one for your needs.

Learn More about Healing after Blepharoplasty

We are always happy to answer questions and make sure you are comfortable with your decision to undergo plastic surgery. Contact us online for more information about blepharoplasty recovery. You can also call our office at (866) 459-0214 to schedule a consultation. 

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Love Dr. Yee! She is very caring and patient, and she answered any questions I had. She has a very knowledgeable and friendly staff as well. Highly recommend her. Best of the best!

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