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Blepharoplasty Washington DCMany of Dr. Porter’s Washington, DC patients are curious about how long they will need to recover from blepharoplasty, and what they can expect in the process. To ensure a safe, quick, and smooth recovery, Dr. Porter and Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery have 5 recovery tips to share.

  1. Follow Dr. Porter’s Post-Op Instructions to a “T”

Dr. Porter and her team will send you home with specific post-operative instructions after your blepharoplasty. Be sure to follow them very carefully. These instructions will include what to do and what not to do, as well as what medications you should take, and how often you should take them. Paying close attention to Dr. Porter’s instructions is crucial to ensuring your eyelids heal appropriately, and you have long-lasting results.

 2. Have Help from Friends and Family

Now’s not the time to try and earn an award as the toughest person in Washington, DC. While blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure, it’s still surgery, and you will still need to recover. Be sure to bring someone with you to the medical facility on the day of your surgery, and make sure they’re available to take you home when you’ve been released. In addition, you will need to rest your eyes for a few days, so make sure you enlist the help of friends and family around the house and with your children if necessary.

 3. Keep Your Head Elevated

One of the most important things you can do during your recovery from blepharoplasty is to keep your head elevated when you’re resting. This means that you even need to sleep with your head propped up. Use extra pillows to keep your head elevated, or consider sleeping in a recliner if you’re unable to get comfortable in bed. This is important during your recovery because it keeps your eyelids for swelling excessively.

 4. Take a Break

As we mentioned above, you’ll need to enlist the help of family and friends during your recovery from blepharoplasty. Now you need to do your job and rest. Washington, DC patients will need to take a few days off of work and social activities to give themselves time to heal. About 7 to 10 days after your surgery, most of the bruising should have faded, and patients can return back to work if they are cleared to do so by Dr. Porter

 5. Wear Your Shades

During your recovery from blepharoplasty, Washington, DC patients should wear sunglasses to help protect their eyes from sunlight and wind. Additionally, you should not wear contact lenses for at least two weeks after you’ve had your surgery, or until Dr. Porter has given you the “okay.”

Dr. Porter Has You Covered

When it comes to facial aesthetics, there’s no better plastic surgeon in Washington, DC than Dr. Porter of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery. She can address the haggard and aging appearance your eyelids are causing, and give you a fresh, well-rested look!

Call her office today at (301) 652-8191 to learn more about blepharoplasty and to schedule your first appointment!