• Can I Wear Makeup After Eyelid Surgery?

Can I Wear Makeup After Eyelid Surgery?

For some individuals, it doesn’t matter how much beauty sleep you get every night — the bags under your eyes like to tell a very different story. Even if you feel well rested, your eyes might not look that way. As we get older, it’s common for our face to lose elasticity, which can result in saggy skin. This can also affect your eyes, making them look heavy and tired. This is nearly impossible to treat or cover up with cream or make-up alone, which is why some people opt for more drastic measures like eyelid surgery.

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What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a surgical cosmetic procedure that removes the look of puffy eye bags and heaviness on the eyelid. Depending on the patient’s concerns, the procedure can focus on either the upper or lower portion of the eye, or patients can choose to do a full eyelid surgery which targets both areas.

During the surgery, the patient will be under local anesthetic. Whether the surgeon is working on the upper or lower eyelids, incisions are made along the eyes natural creases where the excess skin and fat is then removed. Once the surgeon is satisfied with the results, they’ll close the incision, hiding the stitches discreetly behind the shadow of your lashes.

Benefits Of Eyelid Surgery

The most obvious one is the results. For patients who struggle looking overly tired all the time because of their puffy eye bags, will see significant improvement once they fully recover. In the best case scenario, patients will look years younger.

The benefits of eyelid surgery aren’t just cosmetic, there are a lot of practical benefits as well. People who’ve experienced visual impairment because of droopy, heavy eyelids sometimes seek functional eyelid surgery to help improve their vision. In cases like that, while the main purpose of the surgery is for function, they also walk away with the benefits of looking refreshed and well rested. If patients are looking to get eyelid surgery for functionality, they’re advised to check in with their insurance provider to see if the treatment can be covered. For those performing the procedure for purely aesthetic purposes, they will have to pay out of pocket.

Can I Wear Makeup After Eyelid Surgery?

The simple answer is yes, but not right away. After the procedure is done, patients are sent home where recovery is expected to last for about ten days. During that period, patients can expect their eyes to look swollen and may also experience some slight bruising. During this time, patients are advised to apply cold compresses to the eyes to help manage this and provide some relief.
To help speed up the healing process, it’s highly recommended that patients keep their head elevated at all times, including when they’re lying down or going to sleep. Many patients report having a quicker recovery time by doing this.

After the 10-day healing period, those who wish to apply make-up can start doing so. It’s important to avoid any make-up application before then as it increases your chances of getting an eye infection. To try and avoid this completely, patients are encouraged to wait at least 2-3 weeks to stay on the safe side.

Now before you run off to apply your favourite go-to mascara, make sure you’re applying a new tube. When going back to your regular make-up routine, it’s important to replace your old make-up with new ones and clean your brushes. Dirty brushes and old make-up like eyeshadow and mascara can be harbouring a whole bunch of unwanted bacteria. Using old product will not only increase your chances of infection but also delay recovery if you need additional treatment to treat it.

Now, while you’re on your way to buy new make-up, try and opt for products that use all-natural ingredients. Traditional make-up typically uses harsh chemicals which can be too strong for your eyes immediately post-surgery. Patients need to remember that their eyes are still delicate during recovery, so they’ll need to be handled with extra care.

If you’re ready to look like someone who’s fully caught up on all their beauty sleep, call the McLean Clinic today to book a consultation for your cosmetic eyelid surgery. You’ll be impressed by how young and refreshed you’ll look with just one simple procedure!

April 12, 2019
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