Dealing with Swelling After Eyelid Surgery

Based on recent figures by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the country today. Recovery from the procedure is a common area of concern among prospective patients at our practice.

eyelid surgeryAs with all types of cosmetic surgery, there will be swelling after eyelid surgery, particularly at the incision site. It’s not uncommon for the swelling to wax and wane for a couple of months. Most patients find swelling to be the worst in the morning upon waking up. As the day progresses, gravity significantly reduces it. Also, one eyelid may heal more quickly than the other.

Ways to reduce swelling
The following measures can help reduce or shorten the duration of swelling after upper or lower eyelid surgery:

Limit your salt intake during recovery. Salt makes the body retain water and it exacerbates swelling. Go for whole foods with less salt than their highly processed alternatives.
Do not engage prematurely in vigorous physical activity and/or heavy lifting as it can aggravate swelling due to the rush of blood into the muscles and connective tissues.
Take steps to slightly elevate the head while sleeping during the first couple of days following surgery by adding more pillows or sleeping on a recliner.

Talk to us today to learn more about eyelid surgery recovery! Call us at 925.820.3633 to schedule an appointment.

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