How to Get Rid of Swelling After a Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty Chicago IL

Having bags under your eyes and always looking tired isn’t something worth bragging about or updating your Facebook status over. And although you can try your hand at a few topical eye creams, nothing will do the trick quite like a blepharoplasty from Dr. Daniel Tresley. By removing excess fat and skin from either the upper or lower eyelids, a blepharoplasty gives patients a more youthful appearance.

Once you are sent home from surgery, you will experience some swelling for the first week or so which is very common. To help you alleviate this swelling, we have created a few useful and easy tips.

Ice It As You Mean It

Now, you’re not going to want to grab a giant bag of hard ice and place it over your eyes— look for something gentle like a soft gel ice pack. Remember that the skin around your eyes will be very sensitive, so you don’t want to put too much pressure on it. Try icing your eyes for about 10 minutes every 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of swelling.

Take Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications may as well be your BFF after a blepharoplasty. By helping ease pain and get rid of inflammation, these types of pills are great. Make sure to consult Dr. Tresley before surgery if you suffer from any health conditions in which anti-inflammatory drugs aren’t recommended.

Raise It Up

Try to keep your head elevated as much as possible during the first week or two of recovery. We recommend patients use about two pillows to prop their head up every night— this will help get rid of fluid and inflammation in the process.


Ready to take the next step and get rid of your bags under your eyes? Schedule your consultation at our Northbrook office today!

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