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After Eyelid Surgery

The first few hours after surgery are spent in the recovery room and cold compresses are placed on the eyes. The head and back are elevated above the heart to reduce swelling. When full alertness has returned, the patient may be discharged to his/her home. It is necessary to have a responsible adult with the patient for the first 24 hours. Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery is not painful, but a sensation of tightness from the swelling can be uncomfortable. During the first 48 hours, ice compresses to the eyelids will help significantly with reduction of this swelling. Some patients experience irritated and watery eyes for the first few days after surgery. An ointment or eye drops will be prescribed until the symptoms resolve.

For both Upper and Lower Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery, it is recommended that a patient take five to seven days off work. If only the upper lids are done, then a patient could return to work after three to four days. The sutures are removed five days after surgery. The bruising resolves in seven to ten days and at this point, the use of eye makeup and contact lenses may be resumed. The incisions remain pink for approximately four to six weeks, gradually fading to inconspicuous lines in approximately 8-12 weeks. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first four to six weeks following Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery as excessive exercise can cause unwelcome and persistent swelling.


Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery gives a person a more youthful and rested appearance without changing the shape or expression of the eyes. In some cases, peripheral vision will be restored to levels not enjoyed for many years. The results will look natural and balanced without any surgical look. Although the results can be expected to last for many years, the aging process will continue. At some point in the future, a small amount of excess skin or fat could be removed to extend the effectiveness of the original procedure.

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