How Long Will It Take to Recover From Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty—or eyelid surgery as it’s more commonly known—is a highly effective cosmetic surgery that focuses on enhancing a patient’s eyelids and the area just surrounding the eyes. This kind of procedure isn’t always strictly cosmetic either, as it can have both medical as well as cosmetic applications. Many patients benefit from both corrective goals. Many people experience an excess of skin drooping down from the upper eyelid, which can impact their field of vision—an eyelid surgery can correct this. However, it can also correct cosmetic issues such as bags or puffiness underneath the eyes which lead to a constantly tired or “stressed out” look (even when the patient is anything but).

Additionally, blepharoplasty can reduce the number of creases, lines, and wrinkles on the upper surface of the eye, which for many can make the application of makeup a substantially easier process. If you’re considering blepharoplasty you may already be familiar with the benefits, and now you’re looking for information about the amount of recovery time and what you should be doing after the surgery to ensure that the healing process is a success—let’s take a moment to discuss that.

Blepharoplasty Downtime and Aftercare

Compared to some other forms of cosmetic surgery, blepharoplasty usually involves a minimum of downtime after the procedure. While your recovery process should be discussed in detail with your plastic surgeon—since everyone’s a bit different, your experience will likely not be exactly the same as another patient’s—generally speaking, most blepharoplasty patients should expect to have about two weeks of recovery time set aside for after the procedure.

During the first two weeks or so most patients experience a series of common symptoms. For example, during the first three to four days after blepharoplasty, a patient will almost always experience swelling and/or bruising—this is completely normal and to be expected. Most patients report looking a bit worse than they feel, as the recovery process of blepharoplasty isn’t particularly painful in most cases. For up to two weeks, you can also expect to be sensitive to light, and you may experience tearing. However, these symptoms will resolve relatively rapidly—regardless, you should be in close contact with your plastic surgeon during the recovery time.

Needless to say, activities which require the precise use of your vision (such as driving) should be avoided for at least two weeks or however long your plastic surgeon suggests. If necessary, you may have to take time off of work or school. While this is a mild inconvenience, most patients find that the substantial medical and cosmetic benefits of blepharoplasty are well worth it—particularly if those benefits are to correct a medical problem such as eyesight which has been blocked by loosely overhanging skin. This kind of blepharoplasty is considered functional blepharoplasty and may be covered under healthcare—although that’s something you’ll have to discuss with a plastic surgeon.

Tips for Selecting a Plastic Surgeon

The best way to find a plastic surgeon that you’re comfortable working with is by scheduling a consultation and asking plenty of questions. It’s during this time that you and your surgeon will discover the unique needs of your personal anatomy, and you can begin developing a blepharoplasty treatment plan that pertains to your specific needs. If you’re in the Toronto area, consider contacting the award winning offices of Edelstein Cosmetic where you can work with an experienced and professional craniofacial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Jeffrey Fialkov. If you’re ready to take action with your look, dial (416) 256-5614 at your earliest convenience.




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