Recovering from Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

At Schaffer Plastic Surgery, we know the decision to have elective surgery is not one to be taken lightly. Researching the procedure you are interested in is an important part of the decision-making process.  We want to make it easier for you. Understanding what to expect during the recovery process from eyelid surgery is crucial and will help you determine if the procedure is right for you.

Understanding the Eyelid Surgery Process

Before reviewing the recovery process, it is important to understand how eyelid operations are performed. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, involves a thin incision in the natural crease of the upper or lower eyelid through which muscles are tightened, and fat deposits and/or excess skin is removed. The result is a more alert, youthful appearance to replace a tired or droopy-eyed face. If you look tired even while being well-rested and feel you are judged on your appearance, or your field of vision is reduced due to sagging skin, eyelid surgery could be life changing.

What to Expect Immediately After Eyelid Surgery

Immediately after eyelid surgery, your eyelids may feel tight and sore. Your eyes may be watering, dry, sticky, itchy or sensitive to light and your vision could be blurry for a few days. Taking the medications prescribed by Dr. Schaffer will help with any pain and discomfort you may experience. It is important to protect your eyes from the sun after surgery and give your body plenty of time to rest. You will need to gently clean the eye area and avoid vigorous physical activity until you are cleared by Dr. Schaffer. Additionally, plan to sleep on your back with your head elevated to minimize swelling and use eye drops to keep your eyes from drying out. 

What to Expect in the Weeks Following Eyelid Surgery 

Most patients feel ready to return to work or go out in public within 7 to 10  days after eyelid surgery. Keep in mind that even after two weeks, bruising may linger around the eyes and your eyes may tire easily. Dissolvable stitches are typically used for eyelid surgery, but if not, stitches will need to be removed seven to 10 days after surgery. Dr. Schaffer will let you know when it is safe to resume driving, wearing makeup, wearing contact lenses and working out. The appearance of your eyes will continue to improve for one to three months.

When to Expect Full Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

Considering how delicate the eye area is, it can take quite some time for the swelling to fully resolve after eyelid surgery. Even with mild swelling, your eyes will look noticeably refreshed after approximately two weeks. Incision lines tend to remain slightly pink for about six months but will eventually fade to a thin, almost invisible white scar. Being in the eyelid’s natural crease, these incision lines are barely noticeable.

Preserving Your Eyelid Surgery Results for Years to Come

Eyelid surgery results can be preserved for many years with proper care and a healthy lifestyle. Wearing a hat or sunscreen that is safe for the eye area is a great way to preserve results, along with diligently using nourishing eye creams. Getting adequate sleep, limiting screen time and eating a nutritious diet are also important. Should the natural aging process take hold and the effects of your eyelid surgery diminish over time, the procedure can be repeated to address sagging that reappears with aging.

Eyelid surgery is a great way to regain a more youthful appearance. To learn more about what your individual recovery experience may be like after eyelid surgery, call 205.278.7969 to schedule a consultation.