An eye lift, or blepharoplasty, is a standard cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin, fat and sometimes loose muscle from the upper or lower eyelids (or both). This procedure can significantly improve the appearance of the eyes, making them look more youthful, awake and vibrant.
Still, like any surgery, an eye lift has a recovery period during which the patient must do certain things to ensure the healing goes well. Here are some valuable tips for reducing downtime after an eye lift so you can resume your normal life as soon as possible.
Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
Dr. Eric Cerrati will give you specific how-to guidelines to care for your eyes, including medication use and managing discomfort or swelling. Make sure you understand every step. Also, you need to go to all your follow-up appointments to track your progress and ensure your recovery is going well.
Rest and Avoid Strenuous Activities
During the first few days after your eye lift, it is essential to rest as much as possible and avoid any strenuous activities that could strain your eyes. This includes heavy lifting, bending and even watching TV or using a computer. Instead, try to relax and keep your head elevated, which can help reduce swelling.
Stay Hydrated and Eat a Healthy Diet
Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet. Staying hydrated can prevent dehydration and promote healthy blood flow, essential for healing. In addition, eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats can give your body the necessary nutrients to repair tissues and fight infection.
Avoid Smoking and Drinking Alcohol
Smoking and drinking alcohol can significantly slow your recovery after an eye lift. Both of these habits can constrict blood vessels, impair oxygen flow and increase the risk of infection, which can all impede the healing process. Those who smoke or drink should stop two weeks before surgery and wait until fully healed before resuming.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can delay healing and cause scarring after an eye lift. Use sun protection of 30 SPF or higher and sunglasses or a hat to shield your eyes from the sun’s rays. You should also avoid other UV light sources, such as tanning beds, until fully healed.
When in Doubt, Call Your Doctor for Eye Lift Recovery Guidance
An eye lift can be a life-changing procedure to enhance your appearance and confidence. Do not hesitate to call Dr. Cerrati if you have any questions or worries about your recovery. He will be able to help you. Also, if you have yet to get an eye lift, contact his office to schedule a consultation.
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