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For many patients, eyelid surgery is a pretty straightforward procedure. During the surgery, I am able to remove excess skin and small pockets of fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids to help my patients treat tired-looking eyes and achieve a more refreshed, younger-looking facial appearance. But even relatively simple cosmetic procedures like eyelid surgery require rest and care during the post-surgical recovery period.

Patients often ask what they can do to expedite their recovery and promote the best-possible healing during their recovery. For starters, keeping the head elevated will help reduce bruising and scarring after surgery. I recommend consistently using a wet, cold compress on the eyes in the days immediately following surgery. Remain physically active but avoid strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting for at least a week, as these activities can put strain on the eyes and effect healing.

In the video below, I speak in more detail about eyelid surgery and what patients can expect from their post-surgery recovery period:

The most important recommendation I can make regarding successfully recovering from eyelid surgery is to find an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure and follow his or her post-surgery instructions closely. If you think you might be a good candidate for eyelid surgery, I recommend booking a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, where we will discuss your medical history as well as your aesthetic goals to determine the right surgical path for you. We can also utilize surgical imaging technology to provide a clearer picture of the results that can be achieved with eyelid surgery. Some patients may be able to achieve the results they desire with a Croton Oil Peel instead of surgery. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional plastic surgery videos, tips, news, and more.