It’s not unusual for patients to be worried about recovery times following blepharoplasty surgery. Delayed recovery is almost always related to prolonged swelling and bruising. For this reason, every effort should be made to minimize the potential for these complications.
It’s, therefore, important to avoid the use of drugs that inhibit platelet function before and after surgery. Drugs in this category include Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Aleve and Motrin.
In the immediate post-operative period, patients should utilize iced saline compresses and maintain elevation of the head. It’s also important to maintain a low salt diet, high protein diet following surgery. Although no scientific data is available, many surgeons recommend Arnica Montana to minimize bruising in the post-operative period.
When these steps are taken, recovery times following blepharoplasty surgery are optimized. Despite this, the vast majority of patients need seven to ten days to fully recover.