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If you look in the mirror and notice that your eyelids droop somewhat, this may be something you’re self-conscious about. While certain medications and exercises can help in tackling droopy eyelids, many people turn to surgery to restore their youthful appearance. If you choose to undergo eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), here are some useful tips to speed up the recovery period and ensure you get the results you want.
If you’re getting double eyelid surgery during pandemic, you may have the advantage of working from home and being able to recover discreetly. However, working from home can lead to unhealthy habits, since you have easier access to your kitchen cupboards. Eating a lot of junk food can slow down the natural healing process of the body, so try to alter your diet somewhat. You should also stop smoking, avoid alcohol, and get lots of sleep. This will prepare your body for surgery and reduce the risk of scarring.
Once the surgery is over, your body will need plenty of time to rest and relax. This means if you’re a fitness fanatic, it’s wise to avoid physical exertion for now. Although you may be itching to do a workout, you will be using all your energy for exercise, which won’t give your eyes a chance to heal as fast or as effectively. What’s more, you’re at risk of pulling apart your incisions, as well as causing damage to the healing tissue. Try and take it easy for seven to nine days after surgery.
When recovering from double eyelid surgery, you must stay out of the sun. While it will naturally be easier to do this during the winter, if you undergo the procedure during the hot summer, your skin tissue can be particularly vulnerable to the harmful UV rays. Make sure you stay indoors as much as you can, and if you do need to go outside, wear a pair of sunglasses. Your skin tissue needs time to heal, so although it may seem like a nuisance, you will be thankful for taking precautionary measures.
While your micro-incisions are healing, you shouldn’t use any cleaning products or water near your eyelids. Instead, only use cleaning products recommended by your doctor. In the first few days after surgery, make sure your eyelids stay as dry as possible. This means you need to be careful when taking a shower. If you wear makeup like mascara or foundation, this can hinder the healing process and cause problems. So, put your makeup bag away for the first week after surgery.
Your doctor may give you cold compresses and eye drops to use during the recovery period. These will help keep your eyes clean and disinfected and decrease swelling. Make sure you follow your doctor’s advice and adhere to their instructions for the best results.
On average, it takes between seven and 10 days to fully recover from double eyelid surgery. To speed up your recovery and get the best results possible, doing all the above will help.