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How Long Does Droopy Eyelid Surgery Last?

Are you planning to undergo droopy eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)? London Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Plastics is here to help. We specialize in eyelid surgery, eye sockets, and peri-ocular surgery focused on improving your sight and appearance.

Blepharoplasty removes excess skin and fat cells from the eyelids. The procedure is done by a qualified ophthalmologist and has both cosmetic and functional benefits.

You can have a lower or upper eyelid blepharoplasty, and each has unique characteristics.

Blepharoplasty Duration

Typical blepharoplasty lasts two hours if the procedure involves both eyelids. The duration depends on what area the ophthalmologist is working on and the severity of the drooping. Some surgeries involve brow lifts, which increase the total time.

When you visit London Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Plastics, we will start by examining your condition and medical history. Our surgeon will determine the required duration based on the expected work. Most patients are back home within a few hours.

Blepharoplasty Results

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty results may last a lifetime, while upper eyelid blepharoplasty results are temporary. The difference stems from the distinct nature of each surgery. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty involves removing excess fat and skin cells.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty involves lifting the sagging tissues, which may end up sagging later in life. On average, upper eyelid blepharoplasty will last five to ten years. You’ll continue aging after surgery, but we rarely need to perform repeat surgeries for the lower eyelid.

Maintaining Blepharoplasty Results

Our surgeon recommends taking good care of your skin to keep your collagen and elastin healthy. Stay hydrated to decrease the effect of aging. Dehydration can hurt collagen and elastin production, which rely on water.

Drink fluids even when you don’t feel thirsty. A good sign of hydration is clear urine. You should eat foods rich in liquids, such as soups, fruits, and veggies. Other ways to avoid aging effects include staying nourished with a diet featuring plenty of protein and vitamin C. Wear sunscreen to reduce UV-induced aging.

How Soon Will Blepharoplasty Results Show?

Blepharoplasty results are apparent immediately after the surgery, but it may take a few weeks before they become fully evident. You’ll see the outcome once the swelling and bruising stop, which requires 10 to 14 days. London Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Plastics will provide guidelines to help you recover after surgery.

Make sure you stay away from strenuous activities. Each client has unique needs, so follow only what the surgeon instructs.

How Long Does It Take To Recover Fully

Recovering from eyelid surgery requires one to two weeks. You won’t be able to drive machinery within 48 hours of using general anesthesia. Swelling/bruising may continue for up to 14 days, and healing may take up to six weeks. You can return to work once the swelling and bruising stop, provided you stay away from strenuous activities. Follow every direction of the surgeon regarding wearing glasses, working out, reading, and watching television.

Reliable Droopy Eyelid Surgery

London Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Plastics is dedicated to providing reliable droopy eyelid surgery. Our ophthalmologist specializes in eyelid surgeries and is an expert in eye socket and peri-ocular surgery. You can get in touch to learn more about our eyelid surgeries and general ophthalmology services.