double-eyelid-surgery-aftercare-tips

What is the first facial feature that attracts you the most?

Without the need of any surveys, the eyes definitely top the list as the popular choice and most admired feature. For a lot of people, having a beautiful set of eyes is definitely the definitive standard of what is considered to be attractive.

For some, they do all the stops to make their eyes look as attractive as possible – from eye makeup to colored contact lenses. Then, there is double eyelid surgery which has constantly and increasingly become one of the most in-demand surgical cosmetic procedures as of late.

Double Eyelid Surgery

The procedure, which makes the eyes appear larger, surgically creates a double eyelid crease by the removal of excess fat pads and skin around the eyelid area. This procedure has become increasingly popular especially among East Asians who have monolids or who do have a natural double eyelid crease. This distinctive characteristic makes the eyes appear disinterested, lazy, bored and melancholic. By surgically creating an eyelid crease, this helps open up the eyes making it look wider, rounder and bolder.

Double eyelid surgery is usually performed on an out-patient basis. While it may seem like a very minor cosmetic surgery, double eyelid surgery is still a surgery. This means that it involves extensive care that is required with other surgical cosmetic procedures. Providing ample postoperative care ensures that you are able to recover safely and heal in the healthiest manner. This guarantees to bring out your eyes to look as beautiful as it should be.

In most cases, a double eyelid surgery takes about two weeks to recover. Swelling and bruising around the eyelid area are common side effects after a surgery, as well as the discomfort when opening and closing the eyes. While most patients are advised that they resume regular work and activities 10 days from the date of surgery, cautious care is still needed three to four weeks after the surgery. Knowing what to expect when getting a double eyelid surgery done is crucial.

To help you out, here are some of the ways you need to do to take care of your eyes after a double eyelid surgery.

Avoid Strenuous Activities

During the first week after your surgery, it is highly advised that you avoid any strenuous activities. Too much bending, lifting heavy objects, rigorous exercise and swimming should be avoided ten days from your date of surgery. These activities increase the risk of swelling and bleeding, which can hamper proper and healthy wound healing. However, it is advised that some amount of brisk walking should be done three days from your surgery date to encourage proper blood flow.

Also, it is suggested that reading, watching television and using a computer should be limited, as this can dry up the eyes. Similarly, avoid any extreme facial expressions, as this also have an effect on your wound.

Avoid Smoking and Drinking

Smoking and alcohol drinking should be avoided up to a month after surgery to ensure faster recovery. According to a study, toxic constituents found in cigarettes, such as nicotine, carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, inhibit functions that are necessary for the mechanisms needed for proper wound healing after surgery.

Also, a recent study, as reported in a Huffington Post article, revealed that drinking alcohol, specifically binge drinking, impairs wound healing.

Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

Limit your sun exposure during the first week of recovery. Excessive sun exposure can worsen any post surgical side effects. It can increase the risk of inflammation that can cause unwanted swelling around the eyelid area. Also, it can increase the occurrence of hyperpigmentation in the incision area, which can lead to visible scarring on the eyelid area.

Wear Sunglasses

If you must go outside, it is suggested that you wear sunglasses. This not only protects your eyes from the excessive sun exposure, but it will also shield your eyes from dust, which can infect the healing surgical wound.

Cold Compresses

During the first two days after surgery, using cold compress or an ice pack can help control and minimize the amount of swelling around the eye area. You can also use a gauze pad or a clean towel soaked in an ice-filled basin or a bag of ice or frozen bag of peas as alternatives.

After the first two days, you can discontinue with the cold compress and begin with warm compresses. Do this three to four times a day, as instructed by your doctor.

Keep the Incisions Clean

It is important that you make sure to keep your incisions clean. Use a clean washcloth or gauze to gently clean your eyelid area. Should any bleeding occur, apply gentle pressure.

In most cases, you will be provided with an antibiotic cream or ointment for a period and frequency as directed by your surgeon. With your clean fingers or Q-tip, gently apply the cream on your stitches. However, it is important to remember that you should never use a dry Q-tip to clean your stitches.

Keep Off Eye Makeup

Wearing eye makeup is one of the most convenient ways to conceal a healing surgical scar. However, wearing makeup after a double eyelid surgery should be done, at the very least, a week after your surgery date. Certain chemicals found in makeup can irritate the eyelid area and can cause infection.

You can start wearing eye makeup again after the stitches have been removed, which is usually done a week after surgery. By this time, the incisions have already sealed and healed. However, it is still advised that you apply and remove eye makeup gently.

About Contact Lenses

If you are wearing contact lenses, you can use them again 7 to 10 days after your surgery. If needed, it is suggested that you use prescription eyeglasses instead for the time being.

Watch Salt Intake

Diet plays an important role in proper wound healing. Limit your salt intake, as this can increase the risk of water retention, which can lead to swelling and bruising. To help you heal better and faster, load up on lean meat, beans, almonds, citrus fruits, whole grains and tomatoes.

Elevate Your Head

To help lessen the swelling and bruising, elevate your head when sleeping. Using two pillows or a recliner when sleeping, helps the blood flow down from your eyes.

Medications

Your doctor will provide you with a postoperative care kit that includes medications you need to take while recovering. It is imperative that you strictly follow the instructions and do not discontinue any use of medications unless clearly specified by your doctor. Prior to surgery, you should have already discussed with your doctor any maintenance medicines you are taking to ensure that it does not have any affect on your surgery or postoperatively.

Contact Your Doctor Immediately

It is important that you pay close attention to how your eyes and your body feels after your double eyelid surgery. So, if you are feeling any of these symptoms, it is important that you immediately contact your doctor.

  • Excessive swelling around the eye area
  • Rashes and itching around the eye area
  • High body temperature or chills
  • Blurring, double vision or any eye sight problem
  • Sudden sharp pain around the eye area
  • Fluid discharge
  • Bleeding around the eye area
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • When the stitches come apart during the first week after surgery

A successful double eyelid surgery also entails the involvement of the patient to properly take care of himself after the surgery. Postoperative care is an extremely important aspect in proper wound healing and to ensure that you can enjoy the best results once you have fully recovered from the surgery.

If you are looking for the best double eyelid surgery doctor in Australia, Dr. Andrew Kim of Advance Beauty Cosmetic Surgery is the one to approach. Dr. Kim has an extensive experience in performing quality results by employing only the best and safest postoperative instructions and monitoring in all his patients.

To schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kim, call us or simply fill-out our inquiry form today!