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Eyelid Surgery Recovery Time

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Eyelid Surgery Recovery Time | Pasadena Plastic Surgery | WhittierRecovery in case of eyelid surgery is usually fast because the procedure is not very extensive or invasive. But the patient should give adequate rest to the eyes for several days in order to have safe and complete recovery from eyelid cosmetic surgery. Patients who correctly follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions will be able to minimize recovery time.

Dr. Daniel Lin is a board certified plastic surgeon providing blepharoplasty and various other procedures for the breast, body and face. During the pre-op consultation, Dr. Lin will discuss about all aspects of the procedure, including its estimated recovery time.

He provides blepharoplasty to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding locations.


Recovery Process

Eyelid surgery is mostly performed on an outpatient basis, but a few patients may require an overnight stay at the hospital. The surgeon will determine the appropriate environment for the immediate post-op phase, considering the patient’s needs. The patient will be required to stay home for about one week after the eyelid cosmetic surgery.

Most patients are able to return to their workplace or resume their regular routine after a week. But complete recovery following eyelid surgery will take several weeks. If the surgeon has placed traditional sutures, these will be removed after a week. Swelling and redness in the incision areas will be more obvious in the first week, but will progressively resolve.

Working on computer, reading, or watching television are activities that can exert the eyes. Patients should avoid these activities in the early recovery phase because it can increase the blood flow to the eyes and slow the healing process. With proper precautions and rest, the full results of eyelid surgery will be established faster.

Accomplished plastic surgeon Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for blepharoplasty.

Temporary Side Effects

A common early side effect of eyelid surgery is swelling and redness around the eyes. Itching, soreness and dryness in the incision areas may be felt, and in some cases, the eyes may tear excessively. Mild pain medications and a topical cream may be prescribed by the surgeon, which will keep the patient comfortable while the temporary side effects last.

Temporary blurred vision may also occur in some cases, while some other patients may experience sensitivity to light. These effects will disappear on their own as long as the patient follows the surgeon’s recovery instructions carefully.



Following the eyelid surgery, particularly during the first two or three days, the patient should apply cold compresses over the incision areas. This will help to mitigate swelling and soreness.

The surgeon may prescribe some eye drops in case the patient suffers from dry eyes. The surgeon will advise the patient to protect the eyes against sun and win exposure, especially during the first few weeks following blepharoplasty in order to attain a safe and complete recovery.

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