Blepharoplasty is a life-changing eyelid surgery that reduces puffiness, reverses signs of aging, and treats eyelid ptosis, or upper eyelid drooping.
If you’re a contact lens wearer, you might be wondering, “When can I wear contacts after eyelid surgery?” Here’s what you need to know.
How Long Does Recovery After Eyelid Surgery Take?
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that’s performed by eliminating excess fat, skin, and tissue around the upper and / or lower eyelids to improve the aesthetic of the area.
Despite the rather delicate nature of the eyelid area, recovery after eyelid surgery is actually very brief. If you have stitches, they’ll likely be taken out in five to 10 days. Swelling can last several weeks, though you should notice a considerable decrease in one to three weeks.
Patients typically return to work in 10 to 14 days. With optimal treatment and aftercare, your blepharoplasty is considered fully recovered in about three months.
When Can I Wear Contacts After Eyelid Surgery? How Long Do I Wait?
Roughly 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. If you’re one of them, you’re probably wondering, “When can I wear contacts after eyelid surgery?”
While this depends on how well you’re healing and what your surgeon recommends, you should be able to wear contacts in one to two weeks after blepharoplasty. This gives your incision areas time to heal without being reopened from activity in the eye area and reduces your risk of infection.
In the meantime, it’s advised to wear corrective eyeglasses instead. It’s best to talk with your doctor and see when is the appropriate time for you.
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