There are many skin conditions that can prematurely age a person’s appearance. While the entire face is vulnerable to damage and other signs of aging, it is often the area around the eyes that are first to undergo an aesthetic transformation. As skin loses its elasticity, the delicate skin around the eyes can take on an older appearance. Loose skin, saggy skin, puffy bags, and fine lines and wrinkles can all wear down the eyes and make a person look tired and aged. Eyelid surgery rejuvenates the skin around the eyes in order to help patients reverse these signs of aging so that they can enhance their natural beauty and restore a more youthful appearance. The effects of eyelid surgery are significant, but patients should be prepared for the recovery time that will be required to recuperate from treatment. Plastic surgeon Tracy McCall discusses the eyelid surgery recovery timeline with her Milwaukee, WI patients so that they are prepared for what to expect in the days and weeks following this surgical procedure.
The First Few Days after Surgery
The first few days of recovery following a surgical procedure are also the hardest. The same is true in the case of eyelid surgery. From the time a patient comes out of surgery, and into the first day or two of recovery, they are likely to experience the most severe side effects of eyelid surgery. The most common side effects include pain or discomfort, bruising, and swelling. While it takes time for these symptoms to dissipate, there are steps that patients can take to alleviate the discomfort of these symptoms during the initial stages of recovery. For the first few days of recovery, it is recommended that patients get plenty of rest and limit their physical activity. While resting, the head should be kept slightly elevated, and ice packs should be used frequently to help keep swelling down. Any prescribed pain medication can be used as directed to help manage any physical discomfort.
The First Two Weeks after Surgery
Within the first week or two of recovery, many patients will begin to experience some relief from the discomfort experienced during the first couple of days following surgery. Although there is still likely to be significant bruising and swelling, these symptoms will continue to dissipate and often become much more manageable within seven to ten days following surgery. While strenuous activities should still be avoided, most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work or other routine activities between week one and two of eyelid surgery recovery. Any visible bruising that remains at this point should be easily concealed with make-up or dark sunglasses.
Four to Six Weeks after Surgery
Each patient’s recovery experience will be slightly different, but in most cases, a patient has completely recovered from eyelid surgery within four to six weeks after treatment. At this point, bruising and swelling should be gone and patients should be able to enjoy the full results of their procedure. At six weeks out of surgery, patients can also feel free to resume all levels of activity, including exercise.
Schedule an Appointment
Eyelid surgery can dramatically improve a person’s appearance by refreshing the skin around the eyes to get rid of unwanted bags, lines, or droopy skin. If you’d like to learn more about eyelid surgery, or the recovery process, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tracy McCall at your earliest convenience.