Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure requiring local anesthesia in most cases. Patients will require someone they trust to take them to and from the procedure and help care for them during the first few days of recovery. It’s important to avoid excess sun exposure and to protect the eyes with sunglasses and sunscreen for the first few weeks post-operative. Some minor swelling and bruising is to be expected, but will subside in the first few weeks. Recovery timelines vary patient to patient, and is dependent on age, health, whether upper and lower blepharoplasty is performed, and how much rest the patient achieves after their procedure.
Many patients return to work within 7 – 10 days after blepharoplasty, but may experience eye strain for the first few weeks. Bear in mind that resting the eyes and eyelids will remain critical until full recovery is achieved. Dry eyes may be present, but is a temporary condition that can be soothed with doctor-recommended eye drops. Blepharoplasty is one of the first cosmetic surgeries many patients consider since the skin around the eyes is very thin, delicate, and mobile. can help determine if blepharoplasty is the right approach for you, and your Spectrum Plastic Surgery medical team will work with you to develop the ideal, personalized plan to meet your goals.