Blepharoplasty Recovery – What to Expect

Because our eyelids are the home to some of the thinnest and most delicate skin, signs of aging may become more pronounced earlier than in most other areas. This can lead to unwanted skin sagging and drooping eyelid skin that can cause an aged or sad appearance. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a procedure to reduce excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids for a more youthful appearance. Many patients who are considering eyelid surgery are also interested in learning more about what to expect following their procedure. Read on to learn more about the blepharoplasty recovery period.

Immediately Following Surgery

Directly following your blepharoplasty surgery you will be brought to a recovery room where you will have time to wake up from anesthesia and speak with Dr. Delgado. This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, so you will be able to return home after surgery to recover. However, you will need someone to drive you home, as you will not be able to drive.

The First Few Weeks

During the first few weeks after surgery, your eyes may tire more quickly than usual. This is normal, and you should let them rest when needed. You may also experience moderate swelling and bruising, which should decrease within the coming weeks. Any discomfort can be lessened with a prescription or over-the-counter pain medication. 

 You will need to avoid straining, lifting, and bending down to pick things up for at least four weeks after surgery. This includes lifting children that are heavy enough to cause strain, which means you may need to employ help from friends or family members with childcare tasks. You will also need to take care to protect your eyes from the wind and sun. Wearing dark sunglasses with frames that provide coverage when you spend time outdoors can provide this protection.

When Can I Return to Work?

If your job requires working at a computer for long periods of time, you may want to consider working part-time initially and then gradually increasing your screen time as you recover. If your job requires physical labor, you will need to wait at least 3-4 weeks before Dr. Delgado gives you the clear to return to physical activity. 

Will I have Scarring?

Incisions will always leave some type of scar, though the placement of incisions and the type of surgery performed will determine how severe the scarring is. Eyelid surgery often leaves very little scarring, and Dr. Delgado places incisions within the natural eyelid folds to help make them as inconspicuous as possible. Over time, the scars will also fade and become less noticeable. 

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are interested in learning more about blepharoplasty surgery, please contact Dr. Delgado today to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Delgado offers virtual consultations as well for those who cannot make it into his San Francisco or Novato offices.

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Dr. Miguel Delgado


Dr. Delgado, MD is a world-recognized plastic surgeon and specialist in the treatment of male breast enlargement, also called gynecomastia. He has developed new techniques and owns and operates, which has become the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. Dr. Delgado holds the two most coveted credentials; the certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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