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How Long Does It Take to Recover From Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Man wearing sunglasses to protect his eyes after receiving eyelid surgery in New York

When I perform eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) at my Westchester dermatology and plastic surgery practice, one of my biggest priorities is setting up my patients for successful recoveries. The recuperation process after surgery is much more comfortable and manageable when you know what to expect, from the swelling and bruising to the timeline for returning to your normal routine.

In this blog post, I’ll answer a few of the most common questions I hear about what it’s really like to go through eyelid surgery recovery.

What are the first few days of eyelid surgery recovery like?

During the first few days following your eyelid surgery, you may experience some bruising and swelling around your eyes. Gently applying cold compresses and keeping your head elevated as much as possible help alleviate this. You can learn more about what to expect after eyelid surgery from The Aesthetic Society.

Rest is essential during this time. You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated to prevent additional swelling. Some people choose to sleep in a recliner or with several pillows stacked underneath their upper half to comfortably achieve this.

When are stitches removed after eyelid surgery?

Stitches are typically removed at an in-office appointment within the first week. While you may feel some gentle pulling as the stitches are removed, the experience is not typically painful.

When can I return to work after eyelid surgery?

Many people return to work after 7 to 10 days following upper blepharoplasty and 10 to 14 days following lower blepharoplasty. During this first couple of weeks of downtime, you’ll need to wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind when you step outdoors.

When can I exercise after eyelid surgery?

While you’ll be able to walk around and perform many daily tasks soon after your surgery, you should plan on taking several weeks away from vigorous exercise. I will provide personalized timelines for returning to exercise based on how quickly your body heals.

Why might my eyelid surgery recovery time vary?

Everyone heals at different rates, so there is no definitive timeline for when you’ll feel completely back to normal. Factors such as your age, your overall health, and the degree of correction achieved can all play into the amount of recovery time you’ll need. Combining your eyelid surgery with a more intensive procedure, such as a facelift, may extend your downtime.

Does eyelid surgery leave scars?

Eyelid surgery incisions are designed to be hidden in the natural creases of the eyelid or along the lower lash line. Your scars may appear pink at first but will flatten and fade into barely visible lines after about 6 months.

Most men and women who have had eyelid surgery would be quick to tell you that the downtime was a small price to pay for brighter, younger, and more awake-looking eyes for years to come.

If you would like to explore your eyelid surgery options with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist in Westchester, NY, please contact us online or call (914) 241-3003.

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