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How Can I Heal Faster After Eyelid Surgery?

Sarah Klein | May 31, 2019 | Posted in News
Beautiful young woman with perforation lines on her face before plastic surgery operation. Beautician touching woman face.

Eyelid surgery is a common facial plastic surgery performed by NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas W. Loeb. Many clients come to his private suite with concerns of heavy upper eyelids, puffiness, sagging, wrinkles, and other cosmetic or health concerns.

Whatever the reason for the procedure, patients typically come with questions regarding recovery and other post-surgery care. As with any other surgical procedure, recovery takes time—but there are ways that you can help your eyes heal sooner and more comfortably after eyelid surgery.

What to do after eyelid surgery

Recommendations for a quicker recovery:

  • Apply cold compresses regularly. Directly after your procedure, we’ll begin applying cold compresses every 20 minutes. Consistently reapplying cold pressure, especially within the first 48 hours, will dramatically decrease swelling and bruising.
  • Avoid exercising, sports and lifting heavy objects. Overexerting yourself too quickly after surgery can cause fluid build-up in the eyes, prolonging your recovery time. Even if you are feeling better, you should avoid strenuous activity for the first two weeks after surgery. That said, you do not need to stay completely bedridden, and may benefit from light walking. You should also keep your head upright during this time by avoiding bending forward or lifting heavy objects, and by propping your head up with extra pillows as you sleep.
  • Stay out of the sun. You want to avoid exposing your scars to sunlight or tanning beds for up to six weeks after surgery. When you go outside, be sure to use a good pair of sunglasses that block UV rays. 
  • Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen. To reduce the risk of excessive bleeding, these medications should be avoided at least 10 days before surgery and up to 7 days after. If you are still experiencing some pain or discomfort, you may take paracetamol or a pain reliever prescribed to you by Dr. Loeb. You will also be provided eyedrops to help with any dryness or irritation.

Other common questions and concerns

In addition to achieving a quick, successful recovery, patients often ask about their ability to perform normal, daily tasks. Some of the most common questions include:

Can I shower after upper eyelid surgery?

It is important not to get your eyelids wet after surgery, and you should only wash below the neck until your doctor has cleared you to take a full shower (usually within 5 days after surgery). We recommend dry shampoo, face wipes and soft washcloths to clean your hair and facial areas—with extra care to avoid your eye area.

When can I begin wearing makeup again?

You should wait at least two weeks after surgery before applying any makeup in or around the eye. This is important to prevent any irritation, infections or adverse reactions. After about six weeks, you may also start to apply scar treatment cream and other eye creams as well.

Will I be able to drive?

You will not be able to drive immediately following surgery, but depending on your recovery, you may be able to start driving again within the first week—though it is recommended to check with your insurance guidelines and to have another valid driver accompany you during the first week post-surgery.

If you suffer from problematic or aging eyes, and would like to know what eye surgery can do for you, contact the offices of world-renowned Dr. Thomas W. Loeb today. We offer the highest-quality experience and care when it comes to eyelid surgery in Manhattan. 

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