Because the skin around your eyes is so thin and delicate, your eyelids are susceptible to wrinkles and sagging – often, long before the rest of your face shows any signs of aging. This natural process can make you look constantly angry, tired, or both. If you seek a solution to these facial imperfections or if excess skin is compromising your line of vision, blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can alleviate these issues.
But what happens after surgery? The recovery process can vary from person to person. Many factors affect healing, including pain tolerance, general health, your body’s natural response, and the blepharoplasty technique performed. But in general, here are three things you expect after going through this procedure.
1. You’ll Look Younger
Your skin’s elasticity decreases with age, and underlying muscles get weaker. As a result, your eyelids may sag, and bags or dark circles could develop in the lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can correct these problems and give you a more rested and alert appearance.
2. You’ll Still Look Like You
Blepharoplasty can’t change your eye shape or size. The surgery is not a reconstructive procedure, and it won’t fix sagging eyebrows, eye symmetry, or crow’s feet. But Dr. Dreyfuss can combine eyelid surgery with other treatments to help you reach your cosmetic goals. When you talk with him about what blepharoplasty can do for your appearance, be sure to ask about all your options.
3. You’ll Enjoy Long-Lasting Benefits
Eyelid surgery won’t stop the aging process, but the results are typically long-lasting. If sagging reappears on your eyelids, it is most often because of sagging brows. Botox or a forehead lift can correct this problem. Bags and puffiness on the lower lids typically don’t reappear after eyelid surgery. You can do your part to maintain a youthful appearance by avoiding sun exposure, reducing stress, and refraining from smoking.
Have Realistic Expectations for Your Recovery
Immediately after blepharoplasty, you will experience mild pain, swelling, bruising, and possibly blurred vision. While discomfort and vision issues may subside within a few days, puffiness and bruising will take a few weeks to resolve. Ask Dr. Dreyfuss about managing your pain and what to expect during blepharoplasty recovery. Most patients return to work or their normal activities within a couple of weeks. However, it can take up to a year to see the full range of benefits from eyelid surgery.