The Eyelift: What Is It, Exactly?
The eyelift, also known as blepharoplasty, is one of today’s most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. It is a quick, relatively painless treatment that delivers incredible results lasting for many years. For those suffering from bags, wrinkles, puffiness, and droopy eyelid skin, eyelid lifts are a game-changer. They can mean the difference between looking ten years older and looking as though you’ve stepped into a time machine and emerged ten years younger.
Eyelid surgery is deceptively simple, requiring a mastery of both technique and manual dexterity. Mistakes and deviations of just a few millimeters can completely alter appearance. Both droopy and puffier eye types are caused by an excess of fat, muscle, and loose skin. Facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Jacono aim to remove just the right amount of tissue while keeping incisions as small as possible. Cuts are hidden in tactful locations along the face’s natural creases.
The outcome of an excellent blepharoplasty is staggering. It is also so natural-looking that patients’ friends and family don’t think they’ve had surgery. Rather, they believe that they’ve lost weight or begun a good skincare routine.
The best part of the eyelift is that recovery is around eighty percent complete by day seven after surgery. Still, Dr. Jacono suggests the following tips to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Eyelift Surgery Recovery Tips
Arnica Montana is a homeopathic remedy that reduces bruising and swelling. Used in the right amount, it can dramatically speed up recovery. Taking tranexamic acid in addition to arnica is also a wonderful idea.
Use Cold Compresses
It might seem intuitive to apply ice to the eyes after lid surgery. Contrary to popular belief, though, inflammation is an important part of the healing process.
“Swelling isn’t always a bad thing,” says Dr. Jacono. “In fact, it’s our body’s natural response to outside physical stressors.”
Instead, opt for cold compresses for the first 24 hours after the procedure. Pain and bruising will not be nearly as much of an issue.
Try Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an intriguing, effective way to heal after surgery. Patients enter a special mechanical chamber that has an ambient atmospheric pressure greater than that of sea level.
“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the supply of oxygen to facial tissue. It also stimulates the growth of new blood cells,” says Dr. Jacono. “This contributes to a much faster recovery process.” Finding a location to receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy is easy. Just search for a nearby clinic online!
Elevate Your Head During Sleep
It is important to keep the head elevated during sleep for the first five to seven days after an eyelift. This will not only reduce swelling but make it easier to rest.
Use Ointment on Incision Lines
Although incisions will be invisible after recovery, it’s still a good idea to apply a small amount of ointment to the areas around your sutures. Ophthalmic bacitracin is a good option.
“Something to remember before you apply ointment is to wash your eyes,” says Dr. Jacono. “This is integral to healing and avoiding irritation.”
Do Some Light Exercise
The day after the procedure, you may feel inclined to sit in front of the television, but this can slow down the recovery process.
“Generally speaking, patients look and feel better if they’re out and about after their procedure,” adds Dr. Jacono. “There’s no need to overdo things, though—light exercise is plenty. You want to make sure that your body is active.”
Avoid Eye Strain
We all love our phones and computers, but after an eyelift, the last thing you want to do is to put stress on areas that have experienced trauma. Some screen time is okay, but it’s best to stay away from devices for the first few days of recovery. The eyes need proper rest!
Try to Change Your Diet
If you experience excessive swelling after an eyelift, don’t panic. The problem might be what you’re eating and drinking.
“I always tell patients to refrain from consuming too many salty, fatty foods,” says Dr. Jacono. “I also recommend that they avoid drinking too much water before bed, even though they might think it’s a good idea.”