Is there any downtime?
While healing and recovery obviously differs between individuals, the wholeprocess can generallytake up to two weeks. During this time your surgeon will advise you to rest your eyes as much as possible.
"There is a myth with eyelid surgery that you can return to work the next day," said Dr Somia. "This is not true, and not advised."
So, yeah. Take that leave and plan to stay home and limit your activities for the next couple of weeks while your lids heal.
In terms of what to expect after eyelid surgery, Dr Somia said it is normal to experience some swelling and bruising, which can last for up to two weeks.
He said reduced, smaller amounts of swelling can last for up to six weeks.
"The patient's age, general health, lifestyle and post-operative care will influence recovery rates. With younger patients noticing the resolution of swelling and bruising earlier."
In terms of results, Dr Somia said a well-performed eyelift can last eight to 10 years. Obviously your eyes will still age after the procedure.
"It is important to be aware that the eyelid and surrounding tissues will continue to age, and will influence the results of the eyelift surgery."
If you're looking for other options, there are some non-surgical procedures such as skin tightening devices and injectables that can be used totighten the eyelid skin, minus the downtime. However, the results are obviously dependent on the individualconcerns.
"Non-surgical solutions such as anti-wrinkle injections and fillers are not as effective, nor as long-lasting as full eyelift surgery."
"However, they can be very useful in maintaining the results of eyelift surgery and can help with specific concerns like wrinkles and hollows, which occur as a result of volume loss around the eyelid (mainly in the eyebrow crease), temple and cheek aspart of the ageing process, or weight loss."
Dr Somia also recommends the regular use of medical grade skin creams and serums for the eyes and eye area in order to help maintain the skin health, adding that "laser resurfacing can be very effective in some cases".
"A well-performed surgical eye lift will offer better value in the long run, as it avoids having to have multiple non-surgical interventions that often require regular top ups."
As always, it's best to have a chat with a qualified and experienced surgeon in order to suss out the best options for you.
It's also crucial to remember that every surgery carries risks - this is a medical treatment, so you want to make sure you're in the best hands possible.
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