How To Minimize Blepharoplasty Side Effects

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Blepharoplasty, although a minor surgery, is still a surgery and needs to be treated carefully. There is the potential for some side effects to occur. Here are some common side effects of this type of surgery and how you can avoid them. 

1. Bruising

Most people who undergo blepharoplasty are going to experience some bruising. This can be embarrassing for some people who don't want anyone to know that they have had work done to their face. In order to make sure that you minimize the amount of bruising that you experience as much as possible, you will want to stop taking any medications that will reduce the speed at which your blood coagulates. You are also going to want to make sure that your blood pressure is not elevated on the day of the surgery. Finally, after the surgery, you will want to avoid straining the skin around your eyelids, meaning that you should not do any heavy lifting from below your waist, since bending down to pick up the item will cause blood to rush to your head and put strain your eyelids.

2. Scarring

Experiencing scarring after blepharoplasty surgery is relatively normal and mostly in the control of your surgeon, who is going to try to hide any scarring by putting the incisions as close to corners of your eyes to hide them. Surgeons also try to seal the incisions as tightly as possible in order to allow the skin to heal together more quickly and accurately. What you can do to assist this process is use cream that contains Vitamin E, which will increase the moisture of your eyelids and speed up the rate at which layers of skin are replaced. You also want to avoid accidentally reopening the wounds.

3. Ocular Discomfort

Finally, it is very common for people to experience soreness near their eyes after the surgery due to pressure on the sutures and a lack of tear production as a result of swelling. To help this problem, you are going to want to alternate cool compresses near your eyelids to try to force the swelling to go down, putting in eye drops to make sure that your eyes stay lubricated, and eye coverings to protect your eyes from bright lights and dust. Doing this for the first two days after surgery will help you heal more quickly and reduce the amount of pain that you are in.

For more information, talk to a local blepharoplasty surgeon, such as one from Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic

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