A few days of downtime for years of great results
Besides enjoying the beautiful difference of having an upper eyelid lift, also known as a blepharoplasty, is the fact that upper eyelid surgery is one of the fastest and easiest of all facial rejuvenation procedures when it comes to recovery time.
The healing period for today’s minimally invasive upper eyelid/blepharoplasty (Timeless Eyes™) performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth, face and neck rejuvenation surgeon/specialist in Cincinnati OH, is a matter of days and the results can last 10 years or longer!
Three main reasons for the faster recovery of the Timeless Eyes™ upper eyelid lift…
- The procedure is performed under strictly local anesthesia, along with a slight amount of relaxation medication. Patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and are relieved of the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia.
- The skinny incisions are artfully placed in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, so that as they heal they quickly become unnoticeable.
- The tiny stitches dissolve on their own which means there’s no need for suture removal. You can go back to work and resume non-strenuous activities within 3 to 4 days post-procedure.
To help you plan a best date for your upper eyelid lift, we share Dr. Smyth’s Upper Eyelid/Blepharoplasty Recovery Calendar:
Day 1 Procedure Day
You will need to be at the Outpatient Surgery Center one hour ahead of your scheduled procedure. Because of the light sedation you will be given, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your procedure and stay with you for at least four hours after your procedure. Bring along your sunglasses to wear on your way home. Plan on sleeping on your back this first night, propped with a few pillows behind you to keep you at a 30- to 45-degree angle. No sleeping on your side or stomach. You will be asked to use a topical eye ointment to help the incision line heal.
NOTE: No applying makeup to the upper eyelid area for at least two weeks following your upper eyelid lift. Doing so can risk impacting the results of your procedure. To be avoided especially for the first two weeks post-procedure is any pulling or tugging (no matter how slight) of the upper eyelid region, such as when applying eyeliner and eyeshadow or when removing eye makeup.
You may have a slight bit of swelling and/or bruising in the upper eyelid area. This will wane and disappear rapidly. The skinny incision line will be a pinkish color. This too will fade quickly. Do not do any bending over (with your head down), lift objects weighing more than 20 lbs. or engage in any exercise or sports for the first week following your procedure. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can drive today. However, if your vision is even minimally affected by any swelling, wait until the swelling is gone before driving or doing any tasks that could be unsafe.
Take it easy and let the healing process continue. You don’t have to sit all day, but don’t tackle any heavy-duty physical activities during this time. A good rule of thumb is to avoid anything that causes you to work up a sweat. Continue to wear your sunglasses when outside to avoid squinting.
You will come to Dr. Smyth’s medical office at about eight days after your procedure where he will check the incision line and make sure all is healing beautifully. He will advise if he wants you to limit any specific activities for a few more days, but most patients are ready to resume full activities at this time, if they haven’t already done so.
Dr. Smyth’s patients are provided detailed care instructions to follow before and after their upper eyelid lift/blepharoplasty. But, we hope the above Eyelid Recovery Calendar helps you realize how easy it can be to fit an upper eyelid lift into your life. It’s a wonderful procedure for regaining the natural, bright-eyed look of your younger days. Never overdone –– just the natural, refreshed look you want. We welcome any questions you may have.
WORD OF CAUTION: Dr. Smyth has performed thousands of upper eyelid lifts on both women and men. Whether or not you choose Dr. Smyth as your surgeon, be sure to discuss with your surgeon the “art” of upper eyelid lifts and the differences between a woman’s eye and a man’s eye in order to achieve the entirely natural results desired.
Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, laser skin resurfacing, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.