How to Manage Pain and Discomfort After Eyelid Surgery

Are you considering eyelid surgery to enhance your beauty and achieve a more youthful and refreshed look? While the prospect of undergoing surgery can be exciting, it’s natural to have concerns about managing pain and discomfort after the procedure. At NuBody Concepts, we understand your worries and are committed to making your journey as smooth as possible. Our Tennessee-based cosmetic surgery center has offices in Nashville and Memphis. We offer a range of cosmetic treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, to help you enhance your physical appearance. Here, we will provide valuable insights into eyelid surgery, what to expect during recovery, and how to deal with eye pain after surgery. Let us guide you through the process and put your mind at ease so you can achieve the beautiful and refreshed look you desire.

What Is Eyelid Surgery and Who Is a Good Candidate for It?

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to address signs of aging around the eyes. It can involve either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This surgery can help you achieve a youthful, alert appearance by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle from your eyelids.

If you’re considering eyelid surgery, you’re not alone. According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, eyelid surgery is consistently among the top five most popular cosmetic procedures. Many individuals choose this procedure to correct droopy eyelids, puffiness, and wrinkles around their eyes. A good candidate for eyelid surgery is someone in good overall health who doesn’t smoke and has realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery. A consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons at NuBody Concepts can help determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

What to Expect During Recovery From Eyelid Surgery

Recovering from eyelid surgery is relatively easy. Still, it’s important to clearly understand the recovery process to manage your expectations effectively. Generally, patients can resume their daily activities within 1-2 days of the procedure, but there is a social recovery period that may last up to 7-10 days. During this time, it’s advisable to avoid public attention as you heal. However, you can rest assured that most patients are well on their way to recovery by two weeks post-surgery. At this point, you can use makeup to conceal any remaining signs of surgery. 

After undergoing a surgical procedure, patients should avoid any strenuous exercise until all the bruising and swelling have subsided. Engaging in intense physical activities can increase heart rate and blood flow, which may impede the healing process and prolong the recovery period. However, it is important to start moving again as soon as possible, but without overexerting oneself. Your board-certified plastic surgeon at NuBody Concepts will provide a detailed list of post-operative care instructions. It is crucial to follow the doctor’s instructions and take proper care of yourself during the recovery period, as with any surgical procedure.

Understand Your Pain After Eye Surgery

Effectively managing post-operative pain starts with understanding the nature of the discomfort you may experience. It’s crucial to identify the type of pain and its triggers to address it appropriately. Is eyelid surgery painful? While it is a surgical procedure, discomfort can vary from person to person. Patients typically experience mild to moderate discomfort, but this pain is manageable and should subside as the healing progresses.

If you experience pain after eyelid surgery, it’s important to document everything you can. Some things to think about while tracking your post-operative discomfort: 

By recording your thoughts and sharing them with your plastic surgeon, you can help address any underlying problems and ensure you receive the best possible care.

Understand Your Post-Op Instructions

Your plastic surgeon will provide detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. Be sure to ask any questions you may have to ensure that you understand your aftercare instructions. In addition, your plastic surgeon should provide an after-hours emergency contact number or nurse’s hotline for any concerns. It’s important to follow the prescribed medication regimen, especially regarding antibiotics. Always finish the entire course to prevent infection and promote healing. If you take prescription medications regularly, ask your surgeon when it’s safe to resume them.

Other Helpful Tips

In addition to following your post-operative instructions, there are some helpful tips to manage pain and discomfort after eyelid surgery effectively:

  • Protect Your Eyes From Bright Light: After surgery, your eyes may be more sensitive. Wear sunglasses when outside until advised otherwise by your surgeon.
  • Use Cold Compresses: Applying cold compresses to the area around your eyes can help reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Get Plenty of Rest: Adequate rest and sleep are essential for the healing process. Prioritize your well-being, and take the time to recuperate.
  • Use Eye Drops: Keep your eyes well-lubricated with prescribed eye drops to prevent dryness and discomfort.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities: Avoid strenuous activities that may put additional strain on the area around your eyes. Listen to your body, and take it easy during your recovery period.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon 

At NuBody Concepts, our board-certified plastic surgeons help patients achieve desired results while prioritizing their safety, comfort, or well-being. We understand that undergoing cosmetic surgery can be a daunting prospect. Still, our experienced and skilled surgeons will guide you through the entire process, from the initial consultation to your complete recovery.

Our commitment to quality and patient care has made NuBody Concepts a trusted name in cosmetic surgery. Our Nashville office has been honored as the Top Plastic Surgery Practice in the 2022 Best of Music City awards, marking our third consecutive win since 2020! Additionally, our Nashville and Memphis offices were acknowledged as the Best Cosmetic Surgeon in the Best of Williamson, Williamson’s Best, and Memphis Most awards from 2020 to 2023.

When you choose us, you are not just selecting a medical facility; you are opting for a partner in your journey to look and feel your best. Our plastic surgeons and medical support team have the expertise to ensure your eyelid surgery is a success, and our caring staff is here to support you every step of the way.

Trust NuBody Concepts for Your Eyelid Surgery Journey

Eyelid surgery can transform your appearance, giving you a more youthful and refreshed look. We understand pain and discomfort management after the procedure can be a concern. At NuBody Concepts, we are committed to making your journey as smooth as possible. Our offices in Nashville and Memphis are ready to provide the support you need during this time.

Our experienced plastic surgeons will guide you through the entire process, from the initial consultation to your complete recovery, and our supportive staff is always ready to assist you. If you’re ready to enhance your natural beauty and experience the transformative benefits of eyelid surgery, we invite you to schedule a consultation with NuBody Concepts. Visit our website to view before and after photos and take the first step toward a more vibrant, refreshed you.

Each patient is unique. What your treatment will look like is determined by you and the plastic surgeon who you will meet with in a personal consultation.