Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Recovery

When it comes to fighting the signs of aging and looking rejuvenated, one facial feature that needs to be concentrated on is the eyes. The eyelids and the area around the eyes can make you look years older or years younger. This is particularly true of the upper eyelids, as major sagging or wrinkling may make you appear tired or grumpy. Many patients visit the practice of Melbourne area plastic surgeon  Richard Maxwell specifically so that issues with the eye area can be addressed.

About Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

The most effective treatment for the upper eyelid area is  Melbourne eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). This surgery will involve an incision made on the upper eyelid  which is concealed in the natural fold of the eyelid. Through this incision, excess skin can be removed and the remaining eyelid skin can be positioned properly. The effects can be quite marvelous, helping you shed years in a rather subtle procedure.

Following Our Instructions

When you come in for a consultation, Mr. Maxwell will determine if eyelid surgery is right for you. Prior to any surgery at our  practice locations, we will be sure to provide you with detailed instructions for pre-operative and post-operative care. It is  important that you follow these instructions closely as they will help you avoid any adverse side effects or complications after surgery. It is a great way to ensure the most positive experience possible after surgery and for the years ahead.

Pre-Operative Care for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

A few weeks before you undergo cosmetic eyelid surgery, it’s important that you refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol. Both of these can affect the healing process, so you’ll actually be asked to quit for a few weeks after surgery as well. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications or food supplements prior to surgery as well. Be sure to arrange for someone to help you home after surgery and to  assist you for a day or two after surgery.

Before arriving for surgery:

  • Be sure to bathe and wash your face thoroughly
  • Do not wear any eye makeup
  • Do not wear your contact lenses
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
  • Remove nail polish

Post-Operative Care for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

After surgery, a certain amount of swelling and discomfort is natural and can be managed with the use of cold compresses and pain medication. Patient’s may also notice their eyes watering. Some dryness around the eyelid area is common and can be addressed with the use of ointment.

For the first week after surgery, be sure not to strain your eyes by excessively reading, using the internet, watching television, and so forth. For the first few weeks after surgery, you’ll want to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from sun exposure. Be sure to also avoid any sort of heavy lifting, bending, or strenuous physical activities since that can put undue pressure behind the eyes. It’s important that you avoid wearing your contact lenses until Mr. Maxwell  advises it is okay to do so.

Note that these times are general estimates and your experience may vary. This is especially true if you undergo eyelid surgery in conjunction with another procedure, such as  Melbourne facelift  and so forth.

Schedule a Consultation for More Information

To learn more about cosmetic eyelid surgery and why it may be a great option for you and your needs, contact our Victoria plastic surgery practice  today.

Last updated: January 19, 2021
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Dr Richard Maxwell MBBS FRACS(Plas)
Mr. Richard Maxwell graduated in medicine from Monash University in Melbourne in 1981. He trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit in Melbourne. He completed his training in 1989, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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