Blepharoplasty surgery modifies the eyelids, both upper and lower by the removal of excess skin…
Blepharoplasty – also known more commonly as eyelid surgery – has continued to increase in popularity in Dr. Shahidi’s office and in those of other plastic surgeons worldwide. This type of surgery can help improve the function and appearance of your eyelids in a variety of ways. For many patients, this procedure yields dramatic improvements in the overall appearance and composition of the face.
If you’re considering this procedure, you’re probably curious about typical blepharoplasty recovery time. Read on to discover what a standard healing process will look like. This can help you better understand what to expect – and determine if this surgery is right for you.
Full blepharoplasty recovery time typically takes about 3 months but you can expect to get back to your normal routine after 2-3 weeks of healing. Below, check out a general guide on what you should expect for your overall timeframe.
Initially after the surgery, you will experience some pain, swelling, and redness at the surgical site. The swelling may interfere with your vision, making blurry or generally diminished vision a common side effect of the process.
It is likely that your stitches will likely be removed around a week the procedure. Over time, the swelling should diminish and the pain will subside. You’ll return to your doctor’s office frequently for follow-ups and to monitor your overall healing.
During this period, you should spend as much time as possible resting your body and your eyes.
In most cases, patients have recovered significantly by the end of the second week. The incisions will still be visible with some associated swelling after eyelid surgery. However, many people are comfortable returning to work after about ten days.
Healing will continue to progress. After about three weeks, your doctor will likely give you the “okay” to resume physical activity and exercise.
One to Two Months
The majority of the healing will likely be finished by the two-month mark, but many people recover faster than this. Swelling and redness will be almost completely gone. At this point, you should be able to see the difference in your eyes – and the positive changes in your overall facial appearance.
One Year and Beyond
Typically, you should start to be able to enjoy your results within the first month or two. For some patients, however, full healing may take up to a year. By this point, scar tissue should be less visible and softened to better blend with your complexion.
Depending on the extent of your surgical requirements, you may have your blepharoplasty completed as an outpatient procedure. In some circumstances, however, your surgeon may recommend an overnight hospital stay as well.
Read on for some tips and recommendations to help facilitate successful eyelid surgery aftercare. Following these steps can drastically improve the speed of the blepharoplasty scar healing process, as well as the final results.
While the idea of blepharoplasty may seem intimidating at first, the truth is that the procedure is fairly straightforward for most patients. And the results can be truly transformative for patients. Have a look at upper eyelid surgery before and after photos to get a better understanding of the changes many patients have enjoyed.
If you’re ready to make a positive change, contact Dr. Shahidi’s office today for a consultation. His team will help you with everything you need to know about the eyelid surgery – and assist you as you decide whether or not it’s the right choice for you.