When people are asked about the physical feature that gets their attention immediately, one of the top answers would definitely be the eyes. It is hard to miss them because it is situated at a focal point on the face.
This is the reason why a lot of women are particularly fixated with their lovely pair and would do anything to improve them, including getting double eyelid surgery. So for those who are bent on getting this life-changing procedure, read on to find out the things to avoid to make your double eyelid surgery heal without any complications.
What is a Double Eyelid Surgery?
This procedure is done to make the eyes look larger by creating a double eyelid crease. To create this look, the excess fat pads and the skin that has formed around the eyelid area are removed.
As one of the most requested procedures in the business, East Asians have particularly asked for it because a majority are born with monolids. Nothing wrong with having them, but such eye structure easily gives the impression that the person who has looks disinterested, bored, lazy, or naturally sad. By having the rounder or bigger eyes, the impressions are instantly dispelled.
Though it seems to be a minor surgery, it is still surgery and it needs proper care for effective healing over the surgical site. Such is the reason for the patient to undergo intensive postoperative care so the results will turn out as expected.
The Healing Process
Most double eyelid procedures need at least two weeks to fully recover. Expected reactions would be the swelling and bruising of the area around the eyelid. Discomfort is also felt when the patient either opens or closes his eyes. Generally speaking, the patient is advised to rest for 10 days before going back to her usual activities. But in this case, cautious care is still recommended for about three to four weeks post-surgery. Below is the list of things to avoid for your complete reference.
1. Take a Break from the Strenuous Activities
Such activities are supposed to be avoided at all cost within the first week after the surgery. Specific activities include heavy lifting, rigorous exercise, and swimming. This is to prevent swelling and bleeding, which can hamper the surgical wound’s proper healing. However, the patient is already allowed to do some brisk walking after three days.
2. Limited Eye Activities
During the healing period, the use of the eyes should be significantly decreased and this includes reading, watching movies or television, and browsing your computer. Doing these activities can dry up the eyes. Facial expressions also make the eyes move and should, therefore, be controlled at the minimum.
3. Steer clear from vices
Drinking and smoking are absolutely not allowed up to a month before and after surgery. Avoiding them can improve the recovery process. Otherwise, the toxic ingredients in cigarettes like nicotine and carbon monoxide in the bloodstream interrupt proper wound healing.
4. Off Limits to the Rays of the Sun
In the first week of recovery, it would be best for the patient to avoid sun exposure because it can interrupt proper wound healing.This may pose an increased risk for inflammation which could worsen the swelling.
5. No Dust in the Wind
Aside from sun protection, your sunglasses shall also effectively shield your eyes from the all the dust you might encounter on the road. To avoid infection from these environmental factors, always protect your eyes with your trusty shades.
6. Wipe off Your Eye Makeup
For the women who do not want their wounds to be seen, make-up is heaven-sent. But bear in mind that you should avoid putting on eye make-up for at least a week after the surgery. Your makeup contains some ingredients that may irritate the wound and cause infection. Start wearing your make-up after the stitches are removed, and make sure that you gently wipe it off with hypoallergenic products.
7. Avoid the Germs
After the surgery, be sure that your incisions are kept clean and dry. To do this, you may use a clean washcloth or gauze. If bleeding happens during, just apply a little pressure over it and the bleeding will stop. Surgeons generally provide an effective antibiotic cream or ointment to be applied for a specific period and should be put on the affected area frequently as instructed by the surgeon. To put them on, just use your clean fingers or Q-tip to apply them on the stitches. Though Q-tips are recommended for this, never use them to clean the stitches.
8. No Contacts with Contacts
Contact lenses are pretty much indispensable for those who use them. However, if you decide to get this surgery, better get some glasses made for you as you will be advised not to wear contact lenses. It would probably just take around 7 to 10 days, but it can be difficult for some to see without them. Any contact with the eyes or the stitches open up the possibility of an infection, and this is something that should be avoided.
9. Salty Food is Bad Food
When you are in the process of healing, your diet plays a big role in your recovery. Having said that, if you are the type who likes salty food, stay away from your treats because these can increase your water retention that might lead to the swelling and bruising of the wound. Replace your salty dishes with the lean meat, beans, citrus fruits, almonds, whole grains, and tomatoes.
10. Don’t Look Down
For the speedy recovery of the wounds, patients are advised to elevate their head. This decreases the swelling and consequently the bruising of the area. To do this, grab two pillows or lie on a recliner when going to sleep.
Post-operative care is important when getting double eyelid surgery. To get the complete surgery package, visit us at Advance Cosmetic Studio in Australia. Our resident cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Kim, will provide you the right treatment for your realistic expectations that begins with a thorough consultation to a post-operative care plan.
Call us now or simply fill-out our inquiry form to schedule your consultation with us today!