Exercising after an Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty Recovery & Timeline
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure addressing the eyelid area. The procedure involves the removal of the excess skin and can minimise the look of puffy eyes and sagging eyelids. The recovery period is not overly challenging after this procedure; however, many patients want to know when they can exercise after eyelid surgery.
As different patients come from different fitness backgrounds, healing can vary. Regardless of where you are on your fitness journey, eyelid surgery will put a halt to your physical activity. It is important to allow your body to recover first and then start on your regular exercise routine. There is a right way to get back to your workout routine. Going to the gym too soon can disrupt the healing process and might even interfere with the results of the procedure.
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Recovery Timeline after Eyelid Surgery
While each individual is different and heals at a different pace, here is a general recovery and exercise timeline. Make sure to listen to your body and consider the advice of your surgeon in this regard.
One Day after Blepharoplasty
One day after the surgery, you might be required to come in for your first post-operative appointment. Your eyes will be quite swollen and tender at this point.
Diet: Most patients prefer to stick to a liquid diet for a day post-surgery. You can go back to your usual diet starting with the second day.
Medications: It is common and expected to feel swelling, bruising and discomfort after the surgery. While it can feel uncomfortable, you shouldn’t be in too much pain. Avoid taking any over-the-counter pain killers at this point unless instructed otherwise by Dr Turner as they can increase the risk of bruising and swelling.
Bathing: You can take a shower or bath a day after the surgery.
Activity: You might feel tired and sore for the first few days after the surgery. Light activity such as walking around the house is recommended. It will help with blood circulation and promote healing. Stay clear of heavy lifting and all sorts of strenuous activities during the first week of the recovery. You can return to your desk-type job within 72 hours.
One Week after Eyelid Surgery
The result of the surgery will start to become more visible in about a week’s time frame. Your eyes might still be quite swollen, and bruised but all these side effects will slowly start to subside as the week progresses. Make sure to take all the prescribed meds to feel as comfortable as possible. Most people can get back to their workout routine in about one week’s time frame. When it comes to exercising, you need to use your common sense combined with the instructions of Dr Turner as your guide. You can return to light, low impact cardiovascular workouts after the first week of recovery.
Medications: Swelling and bruising are very common but will subside on their own without additional treatment. You should be finishing the prescription antibiotics by the end of the first week unless instructed otherwise. Dr Turner might ask you to continue using Arnica Montana and Bromelain for one more week to help with your healing process.
Bathing: You may shower and bath as you please at this point.
Activity: Exercise is important at this point. Don’t overdo it though. However, keep walking around the house. You can start with 5 minutes and gradually go up to 30 minutes at a time. Heavy weights and strenuous activities are still a big NO till you hit the three-week marker. Avoid aerobic and high impact cardio exercises. Although it is not related to exercise, you can start wearing contact lenses at this point.
One Month after Eyelid Surgery
If you have followed all the instructions, at this point your recovery period might be over. You can get back to your usual activities including work and going to the gym. When resuming your regular exercise routine, start at a slower pace than what you did before. If you experience any pain and discomfort at any point, stop and take a break. Listen to your body and adjust your workout accordingly.
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Physical Exercise after Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty
Here are some exercises that are considered safe to try after blepharoplasty, provided that you follow the timeline listed above:
Walking is one of the best form of exercise after eyelid surgery. Walking in the initial phases of recovery can promote blood circulation, prevent blood clots and lead to a smoother recovery. It will give you a surge of energy as well. Initially, walk at a very slow pace and take breaks as needed. Start with 5 minutes and gradually build up the duration to 30 minutes.
You can cycle safely once you hit the two-week mark. You can either take out your bike or use a stationary bike. Avoid high speeds and the incline. Focus on moving your legs and take breaks as needed. If you feel weak, tired or lethargic while cycling, make sure to take a break.
3. Low Impact Cardio
You can search for low impact cardio workouts on the internet and start doing them two to three weeks after your surgery. Avoid workouts that increase your heart rate too much. Start slow and listen to your body. If you feel too tired or exhausted, take a break or end the workout and resume when you feel better.
Pilates is also a good form of workout that you can try after about 4 weeks. This is a great form of exercise after eyelid surgery as it involves using your body weight instead of using weights. Listen to your body while working out and always consult Dr Turner before resuming any form of workout.
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More Tips for Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Here are a few extra tips that will help with the blepharoplasty recovery:
- Use a cold compress to minimise swelling and bruising. You can use an ice pack wrapped in a towel. Be careful of an ice burn!
- Wear sunglasses while stepping out in the sun to protect your eyes from UV exposure
- Get enough sleep. Aim at sleeping at least 8 hours a night and take naps throughout the day as needed
- Eat a healthy diet – fresh fruit, vegetables, protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs. Make sure that your meals are low in sodium
- Sleep on your back with your head in an elevated position to avoid putting too much pressure on the incisions and prevent swelling
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least a month after the surgery as it can prolong the healing process
- Do not take any OTC drugs or supplements without consulting Dr Turner first
- Drink lots of water and limit your caffeine intake
FAQs about Blepharoplasty Recovery and exercise after eyelid surgery
Here are some frequently asked questions we get regarding the eyelid surgery recovery:
When can I start working out after eyelid surgery?
- For the first week after the surgery, you should not bend over, lift heavy weights, go biking or jogging, or do high-impact exercises. It is also important to avoid swimming, diving in hot tubs, and saunas for two weeks or more. In most cases, patients are able to resume working out in about 4 to 6 weeks’ time.
Why can’t I work out after the blepharoplasty?
- It is not recommended to work out during the recovery phase as it can put pressure on your incision sites and lead to bruising, swelling, and the development of seroma. Working out too soon can affect the healing process and lead to serious complications after eyelid surgery.
How long does it take to look normal after eyelid surgery?
- Most people feel ready to go out in public and back to work in about 10 to 14 days. However, complete recovery can take about 1 to 2 months.
Can I go for a walk after eyelift surgery?
- Yes, in fact, it is recommended to start gently walking for 15 to 20 minutes almost immediately after the surgery. Gently Exercising after Eyelid Surgery can be beneficial.
How soon after the blepharoplasty can I resume my complete exercise routine?
- It is important to understand that every individual is different and will heal at a different pace. Most patients will be able to resume their usual activities in 4 to 6 weeks’ time.
How soon after the blepharoplasty surgery can I fly?
- It is best to avoid long-distance travel for at least the first several weeks following blepharoplasty as initial healing can take anywhere from one to two weeks. It is ideal to wait at least 14 days before travelling by plane for shorter distances.
What happens if you exercise too soon after blepharoplasty?
- If you exercise too soon after the surgery, complications might occur. Exercising too soon after blepharoplasty might put a strain on your stitches and can lead to bleeding, infections, swelling, and hematoma. Moreover, it can disrupt the healing process and can prologue the recovery period. Make sure to follow Dr Turner’s instructions for better results.
For more information about Eyelid Surgery
- Read Dr Turner’s procedure page on Eyelid Lift Surgery
- Read Dr Turner’s procedure page on Face Surgery
- See Dr Turner’s results – Facelift Surgery before and after photos
- Read Dr Turner’s blog post Reduce Swelling and Bruising after Eyelid Surgery
- Read Dr Turner’s blog post Recovery after Eyelid Surgery Timeline
- Read Dr Turner’s blog post Eyelid Lift FAQs
- Read Dr Turner’s blog post Will Medicare Cover My Eyelid Surgery?
Further Reading and Medical References:
- MayoClinic- Blepharoplasty
- Expert Review of Ophthalmology- The effect of upper lid blepharoplasty on forehead and glabellar lines
- WebMD-Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
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