8 Ways To Prepare for Recovery After Blepharoplasty (Updated 2024)

Blepharoplasty Recovery in Chicago

Knowing what to expect and being well-prepared helps my blepharoplasty patients feel more confident about their eyelid surgery and the recovery process. Many cosmetic surgery patients express more concern about the recovery than the actual procedure, which is why I provide detailed post-op instructions and several tips before the operation. Learn more about preparing for recovery after blepharoplasty with the following 8 tips.

Before & After Blepharoplasty by Dr. Mustoe Case 735 Front View in Chicago, IL
Eyelid Surgery Before and After Pictures by Dr. Thomas Mustoe
Before & After Blepharoplasty by Dr. Mustoe Case 62 View #1 View in Chicago, IL
Eyelid Surgery Before and After Pictures by Dr. Thomas Mustoe

#1. Prepare Meals Ahead of Time

Even when you have a spouse or partner to make your meals, having food ready to warm up can be a welcome respite. Your partner will be busy helping in other ways and will appreciate this advanced preparation.

#2. Arrange Transportation

Have your spouse, friend, or other loved one drive you to and from the operation and your post-op appointments. If you live alone, ask someone to check in with you during the healing process.

#3. Arrange Child Care

If you’re responsible for caring for your children or grandchildren, make sure you’ve coordinated with someone you trust to take over those duties. The same goes for taking care of pets.

#4. Set Up Your Rest Area

Having a comfortable resting area already set up when you arrive home from the operation helps immensely. Have your phone, TV remotes, iPad, water bottles, books, and anything else you’ll want within close reach.

#5. Stock Up on Supplies

Buy extra ice packs, gel packs, or even bags of frozen peas. Applying ice to the surgical area helps minimize bruising. However, after the first 8 hours, cooling is not necessary.

#6. Enlist Your Support System

Be open to any assistance offered by friends or family. Some patients want to “tough it out” and pride themselves on being independent, but giving yourself time to rest leads to better results overall.   

#7. Get Ready To Walk

Get out and walk around. Short, gentle walks after surgery has significant benefits and should be started as soon as you feel ready (including on the day of your procedure). Sunglasses will generally allow you to feel comfortable in public within a couple of days, so enjoy some fresh air when you can.

#8. Get Used To Sleeping With Your Head Elevated

After eyelid surgery, you’ll need to sleep with your head elevated for several days.  An easy way to accomplish this is to put a sofa cushion underneath the mattress at the head of the bed or to sleep in a recliner. It can help to get into a new sleeping position/routine in the days leading up to your procedure for a seamless transition.

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Eyelid Surgery Before and After Pictures by Dr. Sammy Sinno
Dr. Sinno Eyelid Surgery in Chicago, Illinois
Eyelid Surgery Before and After Pictures by Dr. Sammy Sinno

How Long Is Blepharoplasty Recovery?

I’ve spent much of my career involved in would healing and scar prevention research, leading to advanced surgical techniques that minimize trauma and speed up the healing process. Most of my blepharoplasty patients feel comfortable being seen in social situations within 7 to 10 days after the procedure. Typically, patients experience some bruising and swelling, but any discomfort is usually well-managed with over-the-counter medication.

I’ve performed thousands of blepharoplasty procedures in my career and complications are rare. I emphasize to patients that closely following my detailed post-op instructions helps greatly reduce the chances of complications. We are always glad to make ourselves available so don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you have throughout your recovery.

Refresh Your Appearance With Blepharoplasty

To start your facial rejuvenation journey, please request a consultation online or call TLKM Plastic Surgery at (312) 788-2560 to schedule your appointment.

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