Guide to Eyelid Surgery Recovery

One of the more prominent areas on your face impacted by the aging process is your eyes. The skin is much more sensitive and susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. This can add years to your face and can even impact your vision. Upper eyelid surgery is a great way to treat this issue as the excess skin and fat are removed. This can give you a more youthful look and even improve your self-confidence. Below you will find the guide to eyelid surgery recovery so you are prepared before getting the procedure.

Guide to Eyelid Surgery Recovery:

After your upper eyelid surgery, you will be placed in a recovery room to ensure you are in stable condition. In the very early moments post-surgery, you may experience:

  • Bblurred vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Numbness
  • Puffiness
    Double vision
    Slight pain
  • Swelling
  • And some bruising

This is completely normal, and most of the side effects last only a short time. Once you have been cleared to go home, you’ll need to have someone drive you home. It is recommended that you have someone stay the night with you at least the first night of surgery to help you with the recovery process.

Post-Procedure: What to Expect

Within the first five to ten days, you should be able to get back to your day-to-day activities and get back to work. You’ll likely need to take it easy and slow, but as long as you are comfortable, you should be able to get out and do your normal routine so long as you have your doctor’s approval. While you will likely be cleared to go back to work, you will still have some bruising and swelling. It can take between two and three weeks for the bruising and swelling to go down, and a few more weeks for the swelling to fully subside.

Tips for Recovery

The recovery process takes time, and it is helpful to do your best to focus on healing after the procedure. Focus on the following tips in addition to your doctor’s specific post-procedure instructions.

Time Off:

If possible, clear your schedule for a couple of weeks. You’ll need to take it easy, so prepare accordingly. Stock your home with the essentials you’ll need so you don’t have to go to the store. Take time off work, school, and parenting duties if you can as it will aid in your quick recovery.

Protect Your Eyes:

Due to the stress of the procedure on your eyes, protect them with sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Try and stay indoors as wind, sunlight, and other elements can impact your recovery. Always wear sunscreen and be sure and limit your time outdoors.

Sleep and Rest:

Do your best to get a good night’s rest each night. This can aid in healing and help your recovery process tremendously. You should also avoid straining your eyes and allowing them to rest as much as possible too. This means you should avoid screens and anything that can cause your eyes to strain or dry out. Rest your body and your eyes as much as possible post-surgery.


If you are concerned about your eyes and are considering cosmetic surgery, contact Dr. Joseph and his team of experts at Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Joseph is a highly experienced and well-known board-certified ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon that has vast experience in a variety of treatments, including blepharoplasty. Dr. Joseph can help you reach your aesthetic goals and help you get your confidence back. Contact Dr. Joseph at Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery today for a consultation!