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Recovery from Blepharoplasty



                                         Recovery from Blepharoplasty

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Recovering from Eyelid Surgery include:

  • Excessive tearing

  • Light sensitivity

  • Double vision

  • Eyelid will be swollen and will feel numb

  • Discoloration or bruising

  • Incision will be red and visible

  • Scars will take at least 3 to 6 months to fade


Your surgeon will make sure you are comfortable with prescribing you oral pain medication. This will help with any discomfort you have after the procedure.  Antibiotics are also prescribed to prevent any possible infection.




Your plastic surgeon will provide you with a list of instructions to follow after your procedure. 


Recovery Tips for Blepharoplasty:

  • Do not wear any make-up for the first couple of weeks (especially near the incision lines)

  • Your surgeon will show you the proper way to clean your eyes

  • Use the lubricating drops for your eyes, as they will be dry (or eye ointment)

  • Use cold compresses (or make light weight ice packs or frozen peas/fruit)

  • Make sure you keep your head elevated - Elevation of the upper body and head reduces the swelling and aching of the eyes.

  • Do not bend from the waist - unless you bend or flex with the knees

  • No reaching high over shoulder movements

  • Avoid extreme neck movements

  • No drinking of any alcohol

  • Do not lift anything over 10 lbs.

  • No wearing of contact lenses - it is normally recommended not to wear any contacts for the first two weeks or until your own surgeon has approved you to do so. (use reading glasses during recovery)

  • No television

  • No using the computer

  • No excess reading for 6 weeks

  • No prolonged driving, as your eyes will tire easily

  • No swimming in a pool, a public jacuzzi or ocean for a period of  4 - 6 weeks

  • Take your medication as prescribed - finish the antibiotic completely

  • Make sure you have stool softer, as narcotic pain medication can cause constipation

  • Sutures are removed anywhere from three to five days

  • Bruising and swelling is normal - this will go away with time

  • No excessive exercising - walking is fine (do not do anything to get your heart rate up)

  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors

  • Use sunscreen



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                                                 Image of Blepharoplasty Sutures



After your surgical procedure it is very important to keep the eyes lubricated. The eye-drops or ointment will help with the dry eyes after surgery.  Some patients have double vision for several days following surgery, this is normal and your vision will return within a couple of days. Vision might be blurry after having eyelid lift surgery because of the ointment that is used to lubricate and protect the eyes.

For the first 24 to 48 hours after blepharoplasty, cold compresses every 20 minutes while you are awake will further help to prevent fluid accumulation and swelling.




Recovery from eyelid surgery can take a couple of weeks. Within this time, you will see your eyes transform before you. 


The following is guideline approximation:

First Few Days Following Surgery: 

  • Swelling and bruising will still be evident

  • Soreness and dryness might be persistent during the first few days

  • Tightness in the incision area


First Week:

  • Eyes need plenty of rest

  • Bruising and swelling will start to fade

  • Sutures will be removed - approximately three to five days post operative

  • No exercising or getting the heart rate up - however; it is good to be mobile right after surgery and not to be sedentary in order to reduce the chance of forming blood clots in your legs.



10 days to Two Weeks:

  • Patients are able to return to work

  • Swelling left from the surgery will be unnoticeable and you can see the actual results of the surgery.

  • Blurry vision and sensitivity to light is diminished



Three Weeks:

  • Activities can be resumed and at this time

  • Contact lenses are okay to be used again.







Make sure you call your surgeon if any of the following symptoms appear:

  • Extreme pain

  • Fever

  • Increasing redness or redness around the incision sites

  • Drainage from the incisions



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                                   Before and After Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty              







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