There are few people who don’t know the iconic 90s TV show Seinfeld. If you’re a fan, you may remember an episode in which George’s mother Estelle, a new divorcee-to-be, gets an eyelid lift (or an “eye job” as she calls it) in order to feel confident when she heads back into the dating world. Throughout the episode, she keeps trying to avoid emotional situations because her surgeon told her that if she cries in the first week after the procedure, it will “ruin the surgery.” If you’re someone who is considering cosmetic eyelid surgery, it’s only natural to wonder – can crying actually damage the results of an eye lift?
The fact is that crying itself doesn’t typically cause long-term problems after eyelid surgery. It does tend to increase the amount of swelling in the area, and this means that it can take longer for all the swelling to resolve so that you can enjoy the full effect of your results. This is why, as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I give all my patients the advice of avoiding actions that can increase swelling. It can be an inconvenience because it takes longer to look “healed,” but the swelling from crying is not really a danger to your health or your end results. To keep it to a minimum, though, you should also be following other measures to reduce swelling, like keeping your head elevated.
There is, however, one caution to keep in mind. While crying itself is okay, be sure to avoid rubbing your eyes while you cry. Any extra pressure on your incisions or irritation to your skin can in fact impact your healing process. Instead, dry your eyes by gently dabbing them with a tissue. As long as you keep this advice in mind, there’s no reason to try to push down your emotions. This same information holds true whether you have a traditional eyelid surgery or my minimally invasive Band Aid Eyelid Surgery with less downtime.
There are a lot of precautions you should take while you’re recovering from any cosmetic surgery, from staying on schedule with certain prescription medications to sleeping at an angle to following all of your pre- and post-surgical recommendations from your surgeon. The good news, though, is that expressing your emotions in a healthy way is perfectly safe as long as you avoid rubbing your eyes. But of course, that wouldn’t have made for a very entertaining episode of Seinfeld. If you want to learn how cosmetic eyelid surgery, a facelift, or another type of anti-aging plastic surgery, contact my Atlanta cosmetic surgery office for a consultation. For more interesting and helpful facts, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.