Blepharoplasty is often a daunting surgery to go through. With surgery being performed on such a delicate area, it can be overwhelming to know where to start once your surgery is over. We want you to get excited to get on the road to recovery. Here are our top five tips for having a successful and relaxing recovery from blepharoplasty.
1. Plan Ahead For Your Blepharoplasty
This may sound simple, but one of the best ways to make sure you’re comfortable after your surgery is to plan ahead. Mentally and physically prepare for your surgery before you even go in. Make a list of questions and, at your pre-op appointment, discuss these concerns with your doctor. Make sure your home is set up with all your post-operative needs such as cleaning supplies and prescriptions. Being prepared for the aftermath makes recovering that much easier when you’re actually going through the motions.
2. Buddy Up After Your Blepharoplasty
After your blepharoplasty, you’re going to need to recruit a close friend or family member to help you for the first 24 hours or so. Because this surgery requires the use of anesthesia, you may be feeling the effects of the medication for the next day or so. We want to make sure you get home safely and have the help you need immediately following your surgery.
3. Keep Your Head Elevated After Your Blepharoplasty
After any surgery, you should expect the surgery site to have some swelling. Because of this, we recommend keeping your head elevated to a 40-degree angle over the next several days. This will help reduce swelling and bruising, and any discomfort you may feel while you heal.
4. Use Cold Compresses After Your Blepharoplasty
In addition to making sure your head is elevated, use some cold compresses to help manage your swelling. Generally, you want to make sure you apply a cold compress constantly for the first four days following your procedure. The ice will inhibit swelling increase, thus promoting a speedy recovery. Just make sure you’re never applying ice directly to the area of your procedure. Instead, use a cold compress such as gauze or towel between the cold surface and your eyes.
5. Follow Your Doctor’s Post-Blepharoplasty Care Instructions
Ultimately, the best way to recover from your blepharoplasty is by taking direction from your doctor. Each doctor has you follow a general rule of thumb when recovering from a procedure. Before you book your surgery, have your doctor go through all the recovery details with you so you fully understand them and can prepare for them ahead of time. At Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Garcia and his staff will go over these instructions with you in detail during your consultation.
Does blepharoplasty feel a little less intimidating now? We hope that these top tips benefit you greatly and ease your anxiety about undergoing this procedure. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Garcia’s post-operative instructions, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with him today.