Eyelid Surgery - Recovery

Not ready to share? Read other Patient Comments

Please describe your experience with recovery after eyelid surgery.

Share your story with others:

MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.Patient Comments FAQs

Enter your Comment

Tell us a bit about your background to make your comments more useful to other MedicineNet users. (Optional)

Screen Name: *

Gender of Patient: Male Female

Age Range of Patient:

I am a: Patient Caregiver

* Screen Name will appear next to the published comment. Please do not include your full name or email address.

By submitting your comment, and other materials (collectively referred to as a "Submission") to MedicineNet, you grant MedicineNet permission to use, copy, transmit, publish, display, edit and modify your Submission in connection with its Web site. MedicineNet will not pay you for your Submission. You represent that you have all rights necessary for MedicineNet to use your Submission as set forth above.

Please keep these guidelines in mind when writing your comment:

  • Please make sure you address the question asked.
  • Due to the overwhelming number of comments received, not all comments will be published.
  • When selecting comments to publish, our staff will choose those that are educational and complement the topic. Please try to stay on topic.
  • Your comment may be edited. We would typically edit comments to make them clearer and more readable. We will remove personal information such as last names, email and web addresses, and other potentially harmful information.
  • We will not notify you if your comment has been published. We suggest that you check back on the topic article regularly.
  • We do not provide medical or healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis.

Thank you for participating!

I have read and agree to abide by the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and the MedicineNet Privacy Policy (required).

To prevent our systems from spam, please complete the following prior to submitting your comment.

Please select the white circle:

How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?

Usually patients have a short recovery time after blepharoplasty. Although bruising and swelling is usually worse on the day after surgery, they quickly begin to disappear. During the first 48 hours the use of cool compresses can greatly reduce bruising and swelling around the eyes and face. Light activity such as walking will also help speed healing. Thin bandages are usually placed over the incision sites and removed in several days, while the stitches can remain in the skin for about a week. Sometimes self-absorbing stitches are used that do not require removal.

Most people return to normal activities after 7 to 10 days following blepharoplasty. By 2 weeks after eyelid surgery, the majority of the bruising and swelling will resolve.

Return to Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

See what others are saying

Comment from: Modeling, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I am on the 6th day post operation and due to have stitches removed. That should feel better as they are now feeling tight. My eyes still very swollen but I have not had to use pain relief since the day of the operation. I think that given another week the swelling and bruising should be gone, I am just using sun glasses when out and about and larger reading glasses at work. The secret is keeping them clean and using ointment and ice packs wrapped in clean flannels.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Barbie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I had eyelid surgery 6 weeks ago. One eye looks great. The other one is drooping badly; left one had the problem drooping and it was a success. The right lid didn"t need anything, but surgeon did surgery on it anyway. It looks worse now than before surgery. I have an appointment tomorrow with the surgeon and I have pictures too they I have taken. I had no pain since Friday, but had terrible bruising and swelling. My right is twitching, jumping, and has given me problems since surgery.

Was this comment helpful?Yes


Get the latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!