What Is the Recovery Process Like for Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at rejuvenating the area around the eyes by removing excess skin and fat deposits. As you age, skin elasticity diminishes, and eyelid skin can start to sag, causing a droopy, tired appearance.

Fat deposits can also accumulate along the upper and lower eyelids, resulting in puffiness and under-eye bags. For many, blepharoplasty can help create a more youthful, rested look by smoothing and tightening the eyelids. 

Keep reading to learn more about blepharoplasty, including what the recovery process is like!

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a type of plastic surgery procedure that removes excess skin, muscle, and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. It is primarily performed for cosmetic reasons, to rejuvenate the area around the eyes by getting rid of wrinkles, puffiness, and sagging skin.

Blepharoplasty can also provide functional benefits for those who experience obstructed vision or other eye-related issues due to drooping eyelids blocking their field of vision. By tightening and smoothing the eyelid skin, blepharoplasty can improve peripheral vision and create a more youthful upper and lower eyelid appearance.

What is Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty focuses on improving the appearance of the upper eyelids. As you age, the skin can become loose and saggy in the upper eyelid region, causing a droopy, tired look. 

Excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids can also hang down and obstruct peripheral vision. During an upper blepharoplasty procedure, small incisions are made in the natural creases of the upper lids. 

Through these incisions, your surgeon removes excess fat, sagging muscle, and loose skin. The incisions are closed with fine sutures and will fade over time. 

The result is a more refreshed, youthful upper eyelid appearance with improved vision in the outer fields. 

What is Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

In lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the focus is on improving the appearance of the lower eyelids and the area under the eyes. As people get older, many tend to develop puffy bags, dark circles, and wrinkles under the eyes, which can make them look tired and aged.

During lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes small incisions just below the lower lash line and removes excess fat deposits and loose skin in the lower lid region. This eliminates under-eye bags, smooths out wrinkles, and tightens droopy lower eyelid skin for a refreshed well-rested appearance.

What is the Recovery Timeline for Blepharoplasty?

The recovery timeline for blepharoplasty can vary depending on the extent of the procedure. You may experience some swelling and bruising during the first couple of days after the procedure. 

Cold compresses can help reduce swelling, and it’s important to rest as much as possible. Typically, the swelling and bruising will start to improve during the first week and be mostly resolved by the fourth week.

Your eye doctor may recommend using eye lubricating ointments to prevent dryness during the recovery period. You will need to limit your activity to avoid raising blood pressure.

The final results of the procedure will become visible by month three as remaining swelling resolves. 

When Can I Resume Normal Activities After Blepharoplasty?

Most people can return to work and normal activities within two weeks after surgery. It’s important to avoid exercise and heavy lifting for at least three to four weeks to allow proper healing. 

It’s also important to limit bending and heavy lifting during the recovery period. Reading, watching TV, and using electronic devices may cause eye strain initially, so follow your eye doctor’s recommendation. 

You will be able to drive once again once your vision has stabilized.

Do you want to learn more about blepharoplasty or determine whether or not you may be a good candidate for the procedure? Schedule an appointment at Ginsberg Eye in Naples, FL, today!