Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Recovery

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Recovery

Posted on September 16, 2019

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) RecoveryBlepharoplasty is a relatively less invasive cosmetic surgery which involves minimal risk of post-operative complications in the hands of an experienced and skilled surgeon.

However, the patient will need to follow some instructions during the recovery stage after their eyelid surgery.

The surgeon’s guidelines will ensure that the patient experiences a safe and speedy recovery. The surgeon will explain various facets of blepharoplasty and the recovery process to the patient at the time of the pre-operative consultation.

plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides eyelid lift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

Recovery Stage

The surgeon will often undertake eyelid surgery as an outpatient procedure. But in rare cases, the patient may need to stay overnight at the hospital.

The right approach to the post-op recovery stage will be determined according to the surgeon’s assessment of the patient’s needs. Most patients will need to remain at home for around one week following the procedure.

A majority of patients can return to their normal activities or work after a week. However, the eyelid may take many weeks to fully heal after the blepharoplasty procedure. If the surgeon places traditional sutures, they will remove these after the initial week.

The patient should allow the eyes proper rest during the first week. The redness and inflammation will be more obvious during the first week, but will slowly resolve.

The eyes may get tired due to reading, watching TV, or working on a computer during the early recovery stage. Patients should avoid such exertion during the initial recovery phase as it may increase the blood supply to the eyes and cause delayed healing.

Once the inflammation and bruising resolve, the patient will enjoy a more alert and youthful upper face appearance.

The eyes will seem rejuvenated and alert as the complete results of the eyelid lift plastic surgery manifest. This procedure is an effective treatment for patients who experience partial vision obstruction due to sagging upper lids.

Temporary Side Effects

Inflammation and redness in the region around the incisions is a common surgical side-effect. The patient may experience dryness, itching, and soreness in these areas as well as excessive tearing in the eyes. The surgeon may prescribe a topical ointment and pain med to allow the patient to remain comfortable as these temporary side effects resolve.

Some patients may feel more sensitive to light or experience blurriness in their vision. These side-effects will resolve quickly if the patient carefully follows the surgeon’s post-operative instructions.


The patient can use cold compresses on the eyes during the first two or three days after the blepharoplasty surgery to help the inflammation subside. In addition, the surgeon may prescribe eye drops to the patient if they experience dry eyes.

The patient should protect their eyes from sun and wind exposure during the first few weeks after their eyelid surgery. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for eyelid lift.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. David Kim and Dr. Eugene Kim.  Click here to contact us today.

Serving Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and surrounding areas.

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