Knowing what to expect with Blepharoplasty recovery

After eyelid lift

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), is designed to eliminate tired eyes and make you look youthful once again. Eyelid surgery may be performed for cosmetic or functional reasons to correct heavy upper eyelids, or to remove eye bags. Excess skin and fat around the eyes reflect an aging appearance, therefore more people are opting to have eye surgery done. But what is the procedure like and what can you expect with blepharoplasty recovery.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is usually performed as an in-office procedure, under local anesthesia. Surgery takes about 30 to 45 minutes on average, and involves the removal of excess skin and fat, via incisions made in the natural crease of the eye.

What to expect with Blepharoplasty recovery

Patients can expect some swelling and bruising after blepharoplasty. A cold compress is typically recommended to minimize swelling. In cases where dissolvable stiches are not used, the stiches are removed 2 to 3 days after surgery.

You are generally advised to take it easy the first few days following the operation. Most people can resume working within 3-4 days, as the swelling and bruising should have subsided by this time. However, patients are advised to avoid heavy exercises for up to 2-3 weeks, and protect their eyes with sunglasses when they go outdoors.

Most of the healing usually takes place within 2 weeks of blepharoplasty, but since people heal differently, it may take others longer to get back to normal.  In addition, people that have more bleeding during surgery will have more bruising, and a longer recovery period.

If you’d like to learn more about what to expect with blepharoplasty recovery, contact Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA. Kyle Song, MD is a well-known and respected plastic surgeon, and he regularly performs eyelid surgery. Call 949-701-4454 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Song.