6 Tips to Speed Your Recovery After Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is the medical name for cosmetic eyelid surgery, which is designed to get rid of heavy eyelids that are drooping with age. During the procedure, we usually remove a combination of skin, fatty tissue, and muscle to give your face a younger and less tired look. 

In order to help our Bowie and downtown Baltimore patients recover more quickly and comfortably, we’ve pulled together the following 6 tips for the days following your blepharoplasty.

1. Stay calm and keep your head high  

After your procedure, you want to keep your head elevated to minimize both facial bruising and swelling. As well, you should avoid strenuous activities, and try to keep your heart rate and blood pressure at or near resting levels. By taking some time off from your more active pursuits, you can also prevent any trauma to your face during this delicate healing period.

2. Keep it on ice

Have several ice packs handy to apply to your face after surgery. The ice will help decrease bruising and swelling and keep you more comfortable. Dr. Burton will demonstrate where and how to apply the ice on the day of surgery.

3. Avoid blood thinners

Pain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen may thin your blood and promote bleeding after surgery, which can lead to increased bruising and swelling. Some herbal supplements may also have a similar effect. Dr. Burton will review your current medications and prescribe a pain medication that may be used after surgery.

4. No smoking

Stop smoking at least one month before surgery, and stay away from cigarettes for at least one month after surgery. Smoking affects your circulation and will delay healing.

5. Form a support team

While we perform your blepharoplasty as an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home on the same day, you will need to arrange for someone to pick you up and take you home. You should also consider any other help that you might need following surgery for a day or two, such as meal preparation or child care.

6. Behind shades

Have a pair or two handy to wear after your surgery. Sunglasses not only conceal the after-surgery bruising and swelling, they also protect your eyes from bright light and windy conditions. Be mindful, however, not to wear your sunglasses in a low light environment, and always take precautions while wearing sunglasses.

With a little patience and adherence to the customized aftercare instructions that Dr. Burton provides, you should have a speedy and successful recovery, allowing you to debut your new look in no time.


If you have any further questions, or you’d like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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