What Is Recovery from Eyelid Surgery Like?

Following eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), most patients can expect some degree of bruising and/or swelling to be apparent in and around the eyes initially, but these side effects are temporary and should gradually dissipate over time. To help facilitate the resolution of these symptoms, our doctor recommends keeping the head elevated as much as possible when resting during the first few days of recovery. Additionally, a cold compress can be gently applied periodically within 24–48 hours after surgery to help further expedite healing.

While a significant amount of pain is uncommon, any soreness or discomfort experienced can usually be alleviated with medication. The majority of individuals look and feel well enough to resume normal daily routines within about five days to a week, though any strenuous activities—e.g. physical sports, heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, etc.—will need to be avoided for a minimum of several weeks to provide an ample period of time for the eyelids to heal. Returning to these types of activities too soon may jeopardize the healing process and negatively affect the final outcome of treatment.

In regard to possible scarring, any incisions made on the outside of the eyelids may appear slightly pink at first, but this coloring should fade with time as they heal. Due to their concealed location within natural creases, eyelid surgery scars are usually relatively inconspicuous once they reach their final appearance.

Ultimately, recovery from blepharoplasty is unique to every patient, so potential side effects and healing timeframes will vary by individual. If you are considering eyelid surgery in New York City, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at 740 Park Plastic Surgery. Following a physical evaluation and thorough discussion of your specific concerns, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons can provide a more personalized idea of what to expect based on your needs and goals.