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How long does it take to recover after Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

How long does it take to recover after Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift surgery involves a significant recovery phase like any other cosmetic surgery procedure. Patients are advised to understand what to expect during the recovery phase including the amount of downtime involved in the procedure.

The surgeon, during the pre-operative consultation, will discuss the recovery phase with you to ensure that you can make a well-considered decision. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon provides eyelid surgery to patients in Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas, and surrounding locations.

Initial Post-Op Phase

Patients generally undergo blepharoplasty an outpatient procedure. Your surgeon will cover your eyes gently using bandages following the procedure. You may be asked to wait in the recovery area for a few hours until the bandages can be removed. You should get someone responsible to drive you back home and provide aftercare for a few days following your eyelid surgery.

Your surgeon will offer in-depth guidelines regarding post-operative care. They may give you a cold compress and lubricating ointment for mitigating post-operative inflammation and itching. They will also prescribe antibiotics and pain medications for the first few days.

Patients, in the early recovery phase, may experience bruising, inflammation, mild irritation, and dry eyes. Eye drops can go a long way in preventing dry eyes. Most symptoms resolve in a week. However, you may experience mild inflammation persisting for a longer period of time.

First Few Weeks

You should take care to rest your eyes as much as possible during the first week. You should avoid putting strain on your eyes by web surfing, reading, watching TV, or wearing contact lenses. Your surgeon may ask you to keep your head in an elevated position for expediting the healing process.

Sutures are generally removed after the first week. You should be able to resume work and normal chores. It’s astute to wear dark sunglasses in the first 2 to 4 weeks for protecting your eyes from the wind and sun. You should also take frequent naps to rest your eyes.

Make sure to avoid lifting heavy weights, aggressive exercising, and bending in the first few weeks. This will prevent increased blood flow to the eyes. Your surgeon will review your condition before advising on a timeline to resume routine activities.

Recovery Length

It can take several weeks until you recover fully from the eyelid lift plastic surgery. Redness and inflammation will gradually subside. Patients, in general, should be able to resume work in 7 – 10 days. Your eyes will appear more youthful and alert gradually. As long as you follow your surgeon’s post-op care instructions, you should be able to recover quickly and safely.


You should apply ice therapy on the incision area for addressing inflammation and soreness in the first 48 hours. You may be prescribed eye drops if you have dry eyes. You should avoid sun and wind exposure. Your surgeon will ask you to slowly increase activities that may strain the eyes.

Inflammation following the procedure will resolve gradually and it may take several weeks before you can see the outcome entirely. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon receives patients from Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas, and nearby areas for eyelid surgery.

Schedule a Consultation with Texas Plastic Surgeon Dr.  Solomon

For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in Offices in Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon by clicking here or calling 214-983-0213.

Serving patients in Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Highland park, University Park, Preston Hollow, McKinney, Prosper, Allen, Southlake, Denton, Irving, Flower mound, Little Elm, Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding areas.

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