If you are thinking about eyelid surgery, one of the most important questions to ask your plastic surgeon is – what is the recovery time for eyelid surgery. While your surgeon will be able to offer some general timelines, patients should be aware that recovery time will vary for each patient.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is done to rejuvenate the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is an outpatient procedure that takes about 1hour to complete. During eyelid surgery the surgeon will remove the excess skin, fat, and muscle, to refresh the appearance of the eyelids.
What is the recovery time for eyelid surgery?
Recovery after eyelid surgery is relatively easy for most patients. There may be some mild side-effects such as dry eyes and blurry vision, as well as swelling or bruising that may last for 5-7 days.
Most patients are able to go back to work within 3-5 days and return to regular activities after about 7 days. However, recovery time may be longer for lower blepharoplasty.
What to expect during recovery
Patients are advised to rest completely for the first 2-3 days after surgery, and avoid any straining, as this could set back the recovery process. The stitches are taken out within 3-7 days.
Will there be any pain after eyelid surgery
There is minimal to no pain after eyelid surgery. However, pain medication is prescribed to relieve any mild discomfort.
When can I wear makeup after eyelid surgery?
Most patients are able to wear makeup about 7 days after eyelid surgery.
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