A cosmetic surgeon can reshape and reposition the tissue around the eyes to reduce drooping upper lids and under eye bags through eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty. While eyelid surgery is a relatively minor procedure, it is still important to carefully follow post-surgical instructions in order to ensure a successful outcome. Among those instructions, should be proper hygiene routines, and of particular interest is the advice regarding washing your face after eyelid surgery. Washing your face after surgery to the delicate area around the eyes plays an important role in the healing process. To start, it helps you stay bacteria-free and prevents complications. Additionally, it helps remove the oils and crusts that can occur during the healing process. Even when necessary, it may be helpful to avoid using foaming or exfoliating cleansers for the first several days, as they may irritate the delicate skin during the healing process. In short, washing your face after eyelid surgery is essential. It can help fight bacteria, remove debris and keep the area clean. It’s important to use a mild cleanser like a gentle soap or non-aggressive facial.
How long does the eyelid procedure take?
The typical eyelid procedure, called a blepharoplasty, usually takes around two hours to complete.
During the procedure, the patient will be under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the eyes. The doctor may also provide oral sedation to make the patient more comfortable.
The first step in the procedure is to make small incisions in the eyelid skin. Carefully ensure that it remains nearly invisible after healing by doing this.
Next, the surgeon will remove excess fat, skin, and tissue from the upper and lower lids as necessary. This helps to reduce puffiness and sagging, and can also improve vision in cases where the eyelids are drooping so far that they are obstructing the patient’s vision.
Once the desired shape is achieved, the doctor will use tiny sutures to close the incisions. These sutures are usually thinner than a human hair, and dissolve over time.
Note that results of an eyelid procedure usually do not appear right away.It can take several weeks for the swelling and the underlying changes to take full effect.
We will instruct the patient to keep the lids clean and free of infection.