What to Expect When Recovering from Your Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

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Posted on November 2, 2017 under Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery, technically known as Blepharoplasty is a kind of cosmetic surgery that can improve the aesthetic appeal of the eyes and give them a more pleasing and alert look. The main procedures involve removing the skin, adding or removing fat from the eyelids, and tightening the muscle and support structures surrounding the eyes. It is popularly known as an ‘eyelid lift’, but is a misnomer as the eyelids do not get lifted in any way during surgery. Eyelid surgery is a complicated and meticulous procedure as the eyes and surrounding parts of the face are very intricate and sensitive and so cannot be taken lightly.

Patients surrounding parts of Maryland and Virginia like Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, Fairfax, McLean, and Alexandria can consult with board-certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Franklin D. Richards, & Dr. A. Dean Jabs are among the quality surgeons who practice out of these locations.

Recovery from Blepharoplasty

Since the eyelids are a very sensitive and prominent feature of the face, proper recovery before the patient resumes normal activities is imperative. The below pointers can be useful to you if you are going in for surgery. Remember however that this list is not conclusive and does not cover all that is required post-op. Consult your doctor and stick to his instructions.


Driving is not recommended as the eyes will have anesthetic medication and the full function of the eyes will not return for at least twenty-four hours. You will need a driver to take you home after your plastic surgeon discharges you from the hospital.

Relax and rejuvenate

After the day of cosmetic surgery and the next day try to just stay at home and relax without giving any sort of stress to the eyes. Even if you don’t feel pulled down by the procedure, it is wise to give the body and mind a couple of days’ rest.

Avoid physical activities

Since there are going to be a good number of wounds still visible in the operated areas, you should make sure they don’t rupture or bleed. Complete healing normally takes about fifteen to twenty days and for the duration of the healing period make sure you don’t involve yourself in strenuous activities like heavy exercise, running, or lifting loads.

Getting back to work

You can ideally go back to work in three or four days after surgery. Depending on your work environment, you can either choose to delay this by a few more days. If your work involves travel, physical activity or you work in areas that may have contaminants like a lab or a chemical factory, it is always better if you extend your stay at home

Complete healing

Complete healing after cosmetic surgery may take little more than a month as the body has to completely take in and adjust to the invasions and alterations to the skin and muscles. You can resume most of your routine by then. However, it is entirely up to you how comfortable you feel in being seen with cosmetic surgery scars on your face. Remember that the body will take its time and rushing the healing process is not possible and unhealthy.

Keep all the regular appointments with your plastic surgeon for he will monitor your healing and make sure it is happening as it is supposed to.

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeons Franklin D. Richards, M.D. and A. Dean Jabs, M.D.  please visit https://cosmeticplastics.com/  or  http://breastaugmentationmd.com/

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Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers