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    What to expect after eyelid surgery

    Written in association with Daniel Ezra, consultant oculoplastic surgeon at Moorfields Private
    24 September 2019 | Categories: cosmetic surgery, blepharoplasty, Eyelid lift surgery
    • The eyes are one of the most vulnerable areas in terms of visible signs of ageing
    • A blepharoplasty procedure, otherwise known as an eyelid lift, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures
    • The surgery aims to create a more youthful, rested appearance by removing any excess skin around the eyes

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    The eyes are one of the most vulnerable areas in terms of visible signs of ageing, as the collagen in skin surrounding the eyes begins to weaken earlier than in most other areas. A blepharoplasty procedure, otherwise known as an eyelid lift, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. The surgery aims to create a more youthful, rested appearance by removing any excess skin around the eyes which causes them to appear tired, baggy or aged. The procedure can also help to eradicate dark circles under the eyes.

    Immediately after your blepharoplasty surgery, you should expect blurred vision. This is because of an antibiotic ointment applied to the eye area to prevent it becoming dry. The ointment must be used for one-week post-surgery.

    Dark sunglasses should be worn during the first fortnight after the surgery, to protect the eyes from becoming irritated by wind or sun. It’s also advisable to taking regular naps as the eyes can become tired easily during the recovery period.

    Resuming your normal routine

    The eyes should be kept dry during bathing immediately after your procedure. After a week, you can resume washing the eyes with water or soap, taking care not to disturb the eye area when towel drying. If it’s determined that your eyes have healed correctly, cosmetics can be used after two weeks.

    You should plan to take 7-10 days off for upper lid surgery, while lower lid surgery patients may require longer. However, computer use won’t affect your recovery, and patients can work from home after two days following surgery.

    For the first seven days after blepharoplasty, strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided – although gentle activity, for instance short walks, are recommended.

    Long-term results

    The visual benefits of blepharoplasty surgery should last for years; however, the natural ageing process will continue.

    World-leading oculoplastic (cosmetic) consultants

    At Moorfields Private you have access to a team of specialist consultants. To make an appointment with a consultant specialising in cosmetic surgery, call our New Patient Enquiry team on 0800 328 3421 or via email moorfieldsprivate.enquiries@nhs.net

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