If you have droopy eyelids, undereye bags, and dark circles beneath your eyes, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Some patients who want to undergo eyelid surgery wear contact lenses and are therefore curious to find out, – How soon can I wear contacts after a blepharoplasty procedure.
Blepharoplasty is an eye rejuvenation procedure that involves removing excess skin, muscle, and fat from the eyelids. It corrects sagging upper eyelids, droopy eyebrows, and bags under the eyes. Blepharoplasty is typically done as an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia, or local anesthesia with sedation.
How Soon Can You Wear Contacts After Blepharoplasty?
The length of time you have to wait before you can wear contact lenses after blepharoplasty, depends on the type of surgery performed, i.e. upper or lower eyelid lift. It’s best to wait, because the location of the incisions can affect your ability to put in the lens, and also wear them comfortably.
Patients who only undergo an upper eyelid lift, can resume wearing contacts after about 7 days. However, this may be longer in the case of a lower eyelid lift, because an incision is made inside the lower eyelid. As a result, patients may have to wait up to 2 weeks before wearing contacts again.
In addition, some people who undergo blepharoplasty may experience a reduction in tear production, and this will increase the tiredness of the eyes. They may therefore have to limit the number of hours they wear their contacts each day, for the first couple of weeks.