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What is the recovery time for an upper lid blepharoplasty?

Posted October 3rd, 2016

A: Thanks Andrea for your question. After an Upper Lid Blepharoplasty, the recovery time is about a week. Upper eyelid surgery can be done with the patient awake in my procedure room, or it can be done in my operating room with IV sedation.  The procedure takes about 40 minutes and there is some discomfort after, but really no pain. Most of my patients take only Tylenol for a few days after.

With a pair of sunglasses, you can go about your activities as normal while you are healing that first week. The incisions are hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid, so that they are are hidden when your eyes are open. The only restrictions are no heavy lifting or intense exercise. After a week the stitches come out. At this point you may have some small scabs along the incision line or some mild swelling. By two weeks you can resume all activities and will be looking great.