Your Guide to Blepharoplasty Recovery

Posted May 31, 2022 in Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a quick and easy procedure designed to lift and rejuvenate the eyes. It’s often performed in-office and on an outpatient basis, meaning recovery is minimal. However, it’s still important to know what to expect and how to maximize your recovery. Here’s what to know about blepharoplasty recovery after your procedure with Dr. David Gilpin.

How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?

In general, you should expect to take one week to recover from eyelid surgery. After this point, you may be able to return to light, office-based work (however, you may want to opt for working from home as you’ll still have swelling). If your job is more physically intensive, you may need to wait 2-3 weeks before returning to work based on Dr. Gilpin’s recommendations. Some minor swelling and bruising can persist for 1-2 months, but you may be able to conceal it with makeup after a few weeks.

What should you not do after eyelid surgery?

For the first few days after surgery, it’s normal to experience symptoms like dry or blurry eyes. Our team will prescribe special eye drops to help you manage symptoms, so make sure to use them according to instructions. During this time, your eyesight may make it uncomfortable to do things like watching TV, reading, or playing video games – these activities can also strain your eyes and make symptoms worse. Opt instead for alternatives like podcasts or audiobooks where you can rest your eyes. Avoid rubbing or itching your eyes at all costs. Your eyesight may also be photosensitive, so it can be helpful to keep some sunglasses on hand.

You’ll be given detailed instructions from our team on washing and caring for your incisions. Make sure to follow directions and follow up with our team with any questions or concerns. Dr. Gilpin can give you the best estimate of when you can return to your normal workout regimen.


What’s the fastest way to recover from a blepharoplasty?

The best way to recover from eyelid surgery is to follow Dr. Gilpin’s instructions. Additionally, make sure to:

  • Take your prescription medications to alleviate swelling
  • Keep your head elevated
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein
  • Avoid rubbing or itching your eyes
  • Avoid strenuous activity

Patience is another important step in your recovery. Make sure to give yourself ample time to rest and recover before you try returning to your regular schedule, exercise, and social activities. The more stress you put on your body, the more difficult it will have to recover!

Schedule an Appointment

Wondering if eyelid surgery is the right option for you? Dr. David Gilpin is a double board-certified, leading blepharoplasty surgeon in the Nashville, TN area. To schedule your appointment and learn more, contact Gilpin Facial Plastics & Aesthetics by calling (615) 551-9621 or filling out our online form.

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