Healing after blepharoplasty surgery (eyelid surgery)

by | Sep 24, 2019

Let’s talk about the healing process after eyelid surgery. ⠀

One of the most important things we discuss in a consultation is the timeline for healing after surgery. It’s important to understand that different people heal at different speeds, but here are some general guidelines ⠀

Everyone has swelling after surgery and most patients will have some degree of bruising. Again this really varies a lot between patients. I usually recommend two full weeks off of work if possible, but many patients don’t want to take this much time off and go back at 7-10 days. Things are not perfect by two weeks but bruising can usually be covered by makeup at that point. Most patients who are able to work from home can comfortably do this within a day or two after surgery. You can start light exercise 7 days after surgery.⠀

By two weeks, most patients are back to their normal routine but there is still a lot of healing to go. There is often some mild swelling which can take 3-6 months to resolve completely, so it’s important to be patient and not judge your results too soon. ⠀

Skin incisions are often “bumpy” and improve with time. It can take 12-18 months for scars to mature so the incisions will continue to improve well after bruising and swelling subside. ⠀

Again, everyone heals at a different pace, but these general rules should help if you are thinking about the optimal time to have surgery. If you are planning around a big event when you want to look your best, it’s best to have surgery at least three months before, but six months is even better if possible.⠀

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