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Blepharoplasty Recovery Process & Post-Op Check Up
You will be asked to avoid driving for twenty-four hours after blepharoplasty surgery to allow sedating medications to leave your system. This will necessitate that you have a driver available to return you home after the cosmetic eyelid surgery. Although you can expect not to feel ‘laid up’ following surgery, you should plan to relax, stay home, and use cold compresses on your eyes the remainder of the day of surgery as well as the day after.
Significant bruising typically occurs, but can be expected to resolve within two weeks. In order to avoid postoperative bleeding and/or wound disruption, Dr. Lensink asks that you avoid strenuous activity for ten days to two weeks.
Patients often ask when they can return to work following an eyelid operation. Everyone should plan to take off at least the day of and day after surgery. Most take off several days more, depending on how they feel about being seen with healing eyes and the degree of physical activity required at work.
After about two weeks most people are able to go out in public without being noticed, although it takes several months for surgical incisions to fully mature (settle in),
About one week after surgery you will return to Dr. Lensink’s office for your first post-operative appointment to check on the progress of your healing. Under normal circumstances, you will have your next and probably final post-operative check up several months later to confirm that all is well and to evaluate the early results of your transformation. Dr. Lensink will see you more frequently during the healing period should you or he deem it necessary. Surgical wounds mature during the twelve months following eyelid surgery, so expect your new look to refine itself over time.
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