One of the most popular procedures at Dr. David Magilke’s Portland facial plastic surgery practice is eyelid surgery, which rejuvenates tired, saggy or puffy eyelids. If you are considering eyelid surgery, it may be helpful to learn what to expect during the recovery process and to understand what you can do to make it a more comfortable experience. Take a moment to read through Dr. Magilke’s best tips.
Clear your schedule to focus on recuperating.
Your body needs time to heal after eyelid surgery. Plan to take at least one to two weeks off from work and your normal obligations. During this time, be gentle with yourself and do not stress your eyes with too much visually intensive activity (e.g., working on the computer, watching television). Focus on getting plenty of rest and relaxing.
Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
You can expect some swelling right after eyelid surgery, and cool compresses are a useful way to minimize the swelling and discomfort. Avoid applying ice directly to the skin; instead wrap the compress in a towel or washcloth and gently hold it to your eye area.
Use ointment and eye drops as advised.
Dr. Magilke usually recommends using ointment to keep the eyelids lubricated and eye drops to prevent dry eye symptoms during recovery. Use these products as instructed and avoid rubbing or pressing too hard on your incisions. Contact lenses can also dry out your eyes, so switch to glasses until Dr. Magilke permits you to wear contacts.
Refrain from using makeup and special skin care around your incisions.
You may be excited to resume your regular skin care and cosmetics routine, but some of the ingredients in makeup and skin care products can irritate your healing incisions. Avoid applying eye makeup and use gentle cleansing products until Dr. Magilke clears you to resume your normal routine.
Wear sunglasses when going outside.
Exposing your healing eyelids to the sun and other elements is harmful to scar formation. Protect your eyes from the sun and other elements by wearing sunglasses outdoors. If possible, wear wraparound glasses to protect your eyes from sunshine or dust getting in through the sides of the glasses. You can also wear a wide-brimmed hat for added protection.
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If you would like additional information about eyelid surgery or the recovery process, Dr. Magilke is here for you. Please give us a call or send us an email today to speak with the doctor or a knowledgeable member of our team.