Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is the surgical correction of baggy eyes. Eye bags develop due to fat accumulation, and can affect the entire eye area, or targeted areas such as the eyelids. Blepharoplasty is also used to correct excessive sagging of the eyelids, especially when the sagging interferes with eyesight.
During a blepharoplasty surgery, excess fat and skin is removed using either a traditional surgery method, or a high-tech laser method. There is usually little to no scarring, and results are extremely long-lasting, and sometimes even permanent. Recovery time varies from person to person, with most patients feeling able to resume their normal activities seven to ten days after surgery. During recovery time, it is essential that the patient’s comfort is readily cared for.
While the skin is healing, the patient can expect redness, swelling, dryness, temporarily blurred vision, temporary sensitivity to light, and excessive tear production. In order to maintain a comfortable environment during the healing process, specially formulated skin care products and eye creams should be used as often as possible with the blessing of the patient’s doctor. There are many products designed for use before and after cosmetic surgeries which will help speed the healing process while minimizing discomfort.
A post-op eye gel, such as the one offered by Auriderm, will help boost healing time while soothing and comforting the skin. Suitable for use after most cosmetic surgeries, Auriderm’s Post-Op Gel uses vitamin K oxide and other hand-chosen ingredients to reduce bruising and assist the body’s natural healing processes, allowing the patient to regain a healthy look and feel in less time.
Soreness may be treated with topical analgesics, and tightness with a neutral eye ointment. Cold compresses can be used to control swelling, and eye drops may be necessary to deal with eye dryness. Dark sunglasses should be used for a few weeks after surgery to prevent irritation and pain caused by sunlight or wind. All of these post-op treatments and protective measures should be discussed with your dark, as should the time line for resuming your normal under eye cream regimen.