Recovery from Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)


Recovery from eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may not occur in the blink of an eye, but the healing process is relatively brief compared with other plastic surgery procedures.

The actual recovery period varies from patient to patient and is influenced by a number of individual factors, but most eyelid surgery patients are able to resume work and other routine activities within a week to 10 days following the procedure.

While this page will provide you with some basic information about the eyelid surgery recovery period, the best way to understand what is involved is to speak with Dr. John Corey in person. Please call 480-767-7700 today to schedule a consultation with our Scottsdale blepharoplasty surgeon.

What to Expect Immediately Following Eyelid Surgery

Immediately following your blepharoplasty procedure, you will likely experience some minor, temporary side-effects including:

  • Blurred vision
  • Bruising
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light, dust and wind
  • Swelling

Your vision should return to normal within a day or two following surgery, although it may be obscured with the short-term use of an antibiotic ointment used to protect the incision site. Depending on your individual condition, Dr. Corey may also recommend the use of eye drops.

In the first few days following eyelid surgery, you should keep your head elevated. Lingering discomfort during this time can be controlled with a recommended over-the-counter pain medication.

The intermittent use of a cold compress can help control swelling and alleviate discomfort. However, it’s important to avoid applying ice directly to the skin around your eyes.

Resuming Normal Activity

Most patients are able to shower and conduct other day-to-day activities at home within a day of eyelid surgery. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for at least a week after the procedure. Dr. Corey will clear you for increased physical activity—including exercise—as you recover.

Sutures are usually removed within three to six days following your blepharoplasty. After your stitches are removed, you may apply makeup or other cosmetic concealer around your eyes. Any noticeable swelling or light bruising typically subsides within two to three weeks.

Patients who wear contacts should switch to eyeglasses for at least two weeks after eyelid surgery. The use of sunglasses can help protect your eyes and reduce the effects of light sensitivity.

Although most blepharoplasty patients are able to return to work and resume their regular lifestyles within a week or so after surgery, your body will continue to heal and the results of your eyelid procedure will continue to improve over the ensuing six months.

If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery, please contact Dr. John Corey today to schedule your personal consultation. We welcome patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, Arizona.