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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.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Eric Cerrati, Facial Plastic Surgery

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Ling W.

Eric is such a great doctor! He treated me as family and was very thorough and diligent. I was very nervous but he made me feel comfortable at all times especially when undertaking a 7 hour surgery. I flew in all the way from the East Coast to see him as I heard he was the best in his field. His staff is friendly and caring. You can tell he has a good heart. I recommend!

Elizabeth M.

I am one month out from my procedure with Dr. Cerrati and could not be happier with my results. From my initial inquiry to today, both the doctor and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Cerrati has a wonderful team that makes scheduling, payments, and follow up questions easy. The doctor himself is attentive, happy to answer questions and did a great job of listening to my concerns and ideas, while presenting his professional opinion in a respectful and helpful way. My recovery was a breeze, thanks to his careful techniques. At just one month, I am seeing a drastic improvement in both form and function. So thankful to have Dr. Cerrati based in my home of Utah, but I would have traveled across the country to see him!

Cinaman A.

Dr. Cerrati performed a facelift (w/ neck tightening), upper and lower blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing for me in February 2021. I’m 3.5 months post op and the results have exceeded all my expectations; beyond what I ever could have imagined. I experienced minimal pain, swelling and bruising, after my 8 hour surgery and was ready to be seen in public in less than 10 days. Dr. Cerrati and his team are without question, second to none in their field. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional support from the beginning of my journey to today. Any questions or concerns I have ever expressed have ALWAYS been given the utmost respect and Dr. Cerrati pays attention to every detail in his patient care. His artistic talent and surgical skills are remarkable. In my opinion, he is a truly gifted plastic surgeon. The best you’ll find in the industry. If you’re considering any facial plastics procedures, Dr. Cerrati, and his team, is the place to come, even if it means traveling to do so. Thank you so much for changing my life for the better and giving me back my self confidence that I was sure I’d lost forever.

Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!