Recovery from eyelid surgery—or blepharoplasty—is typically short and involves only minor, temporary side-effects. The actual duration of your recovery will depend on a number of individual factors. Phoenix eyelid surgeon Dr. Angelchik will review your complete preoperative and postoperative guidelines with you prior to scheduling your eyelid surgery.

Your Recovery Following Eyelid Surgery

Your vision will return to normal within a day or so after surgery. Dr. Angelchik may recommend eye drops, depending on the specifics of your condition. The intermittent use of a cold compress can help reduce swelling and alleviate pain.

Most patients are able to resume routine activities at home, including showering, within a day of eyelid surgery. Strenuous physical activity, such as exercise or heavy lifting, should be avoided for at least the first week after your blepharoplasty; Dr. Angelchik will clear you for increased activity as you heal.

Side Effects of Eyelid Surgery

Immediately following your blepharoplasty, you will likely experience some short-term side-effects including:

  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to light, wind and dust

Some patients may experience mild discomfort for approximately the first week after eyelid surgery; lingering discomfort is easily controlled with a recommended over-the-counter pain medication.

Precautions After Your Surgery

Your sutures will be removed within three to six days, after which you may apply makeup or cosmetic concealer. The noticeable effects of your eyelid surgery typically subside within two to three weeks.

If you wear contact lenses, you should wear eyeglasses instead for at least two weeks. The use of sunglasses can help mitigate the effects of light sensitivity and protect your eyes as you heal.

For at least the first few days, it’s advisable to keep your head elevated. You may benefit from the use of a foam wedge pillow when sleeping.

Most blepharoplasty patients are able to return to work within a week to 10 days. Although most bruising and swelling will have faded by this time, you will continue to heal and the results of your eyelid surgery will subtly improve over the next six months or so.

To learn more about eyelid surgery and recovery, please call 602-375-8888or contact Paul Angelchik MD today to schedule your consultation with experienced Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. Angelchik.

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