Upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery – also called blepharoplasty – creates a rejuvenated eye appearance by removing excess skin and fat around the eyes and eliminating the sagginess of the eyelids. Blepharoplasty is a relatively common procedure these days, and most patients find that the recovery from the procedure is fairly rapid and easy.

Although the nature of the recovery will vary by patient, generally most people stay home from work for a week after blepharoplasty. Your recovery is likely to also involve:

  • Healing of the scars, which may not be completely finalized for about six months.
  • Swelling and bruising, which will be most pronounced in the 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Some amount of bruising and swelling could persist for one week to several weeks.
  • Tightness and dryness around the eyes, and tearing. You may also experience blurry vision for a day or two.

Our experienced cosmetic surgeon and our staff will make sure you have the support you need to recover from blepharoplasty successfully. You will need to take certain precautions as your eyes heal, and this downtime may include:

  • Taking a break from certain strenuous exercises, heavy lifting and swimming.
  • Avoiding exposing your eyes to the sunlight. Be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your healing eyelids.
  • Using medicating eyedrops or ointments, and possibly taking certain oral medications.

If you have any concerns during your recovery, you can call our helpful staff.

To learn more about Maryland blepharoplasty, please contact John J.W. Lee, MD, FACS to schedule a consultation.