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Naples, FL Plastic Surgeons Provide Blepharoplasty Surgery Recovery Tips

It surprises many people to learn that eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is one of the country’s most frequently performed invasive cosmetic surgeries. The latest statistics, from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, report that 325,112 blepharoplasties were completed in 2020, a 55% increase over the 209,000 blepharoplasties performed in 2017. This makes blepharoplasty the second most popular invasive cosmetic procedure in America. This is only surpassed by rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), which was performed on almost 353,000 patients in 2020.

The popularity of blepharoplasty may be considered even more surprising given that recovering from the procedure is generally more complicated and lengthier than recovering from other popular procedures. This is due mainly to how sensitive the skin around the eyes is and the need to protect the eyes during recovery.

With a stellar reputation for delivering outstanding aesthetic results with their blepharoplasty surgeries, the cosmetic surgeons at Southwest Florida’s Naples Plastic Surgery are familiar with the complications and length of recovery. Dr. Paul M. Gardner, Dr. Leo M. Baccaro, and Dr. Mark Walsh also know how to ensure the best results during recovery and what actions patients can take to expedite the recovery time safely.

Eyelid surgery has emerged as a popular cosmetic procedure because of its ability to dramatically reduce the appearance of age- and genetically related skin issues above and below the eyes. Whether through genetics or aging, many people experience under-eye bags, bagginess around the upper eyelid area, sinking eyelids, and/or drooping eyelids, a condition known as ptosis. Skin laxity and excess skin buildup can also cause puffiness, bulges, and wrinkling to form around the eyes. These changes typically make those affected look constantly fatigued no matter how well-rested they are. It can make them appear much older than they actually are. Sometimes, the changes can cause excess skin to impair vision by impeding sight lines.

With a lack of other treatments to correct these conditions, many people turn to blepharoplasty, an advanced surgery designed to correct the various eye-area conditions and provide patients with a well-rested and youthful appearance. Eyelid surgery entails small incisions that target affected areas and remove of excess fat, muscle, and skin, as needed, to smooth out and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes. The procedure may also require tightening surrounding muscle tissue to correct ptosis and clear any related obstructions to vision.

Initial Recovery Stage Requires Downtime

While blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure, the surgery causes some temporary side effects. This may require downtime that could last up to two weeks. Initial side effects can include:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Some pain and discomfort
  • Numbness around the eyes

Vision-related side effects tend to dissipate within about four to five days, but bruising—which may resemble a black eye—can last up to three weeks, and the swelling may take up to eight weeks to subside. In general, most patients can return to work and resume most regular daily activities within a week to 10 days. The duration is primarily dictated by comfort levels rather than medical reasons.

Scarring at the incision sites will take at least a year to fade out to become nearly unnoticeable. However, the appearance of your scars and aesthetic results are dependent upon following your surgeon’s instructions for optimizing recovery.

The cosmetic surgeons at Naples Plastic Surgery recommend the following after blepharoplasty surgery:

  • Apply ice packs—to help reduce swelling and bruising around the eyes, you should apply ice packs to the area. Apply on a near-constant basis for the first three days after surgery and intermittently during the following two to three weeks.
  • Avoid certain medications and supplements—specific medications and supplements can encourage more bleeding. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, fish oil, Vitamin E, cranberry extract, and any other products noted by your surgeon. To reduce pain and discomfort, your surgeon will advise you on what medications you can take.
  • Protect and take care of your eyes—during the initial stages of recovery, you should protect your eyes from the elements. This involves wearing dark sunglasses and a hat and applying sunscreen to the surgical site when going outside. Additionally, avoid any eyestrain during the first week or two after surgery. Refrain from reading, watching TV, or using your computer or handheld device. You should also gently wash your eyelids regularly and use prescribed eye drops or ointments as directed.
  • Avoid strenuous activity—vigorous activity, such as manual labor or exercise, can increase blood flow to your eyes and stimulate bleeding. Avoid such activities during the first few weeks post-surgery.
  • Get plenty of sleep—During the first few days after surgery, sleep with your head raised above your chest. This helps reduce swelling and limit facial strain. Sleep aids in healing, so sleep whenever you feel tired and as often as possible.
  • Don’t smoke and limit alcohol intake—Anyone planning to undergo a cosmetic procedure should quit smoking. Nicotine and other byproducts of tobacco can impede wound healing and scar fading. It can also enhance the risk of infection and permanent damage to the surgical site. Avoid alcohol because it causes dehydration and thins the blood, both of which impede the healing process.

Learn More About Blepharoplasty by Consulting with Naples Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery at our Southwest Florida-based surgical center, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Baccaro, or Dr. Walsh would be pleased to consult with you and answer any questions you might have. Contact Naples Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

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At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.

The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.

Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, rhinoplasty, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, breast lifts, tummy tucks, liposuctions, and labiaplasty.
Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, MD received extensive training at the prestigious Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where he worked with some of the most well-renowned practitioners in the art of cosmetic surgery. With honors and awards throughout medical school and his residency, Dr. Baccaro earned a stellar reputation for high quality surgical care with both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.

As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that a desired outcome will be achieved. There are a number of health risks associated with even minor medical procedures. If you have any health issues or concerns, please feel free to discuss them any time with your surgeon at our Naples’ plastic surgery center.
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