Aftercare Instructions of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

eyelid aftercare


  • First Few Days

What to Expect: Swelling, bruising and some discomfort is expected. 

What to Do: Strictly avoid sun exposure. You can wear sunglasses right after your discharge. Sleep and rest in an upright position. (On 2-3 pillows).

Swelling in the eyelids is very normal and your eyes may feel hard to open. The swelling actually peaks at 48 hours after surgery and then begins to decrease.

Using ice compression during the first 48 hours is very helpful for it to reduce. You may walk at any point, but avoid heavy exercising. 

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  • 1-4 Weeks

What to Expect: In 1-2 weeks, although the swelling and bruising will decrease, your eyelids may still feel a bit tight. After two weeks, your eyelids will begin to settle into their new shape. In 4 weeks, typically your stitches will be dissolved.

What to Do: Although you can drive after 5 days, for long drives, you should wait for 2 weeks. The swimming pool is not recommended for 1 month, as they contain bacteria. You can wear eye makeup to cover bruising after 10-14 days. After two weeks, you may begin to work up to your normal exercise routine, but please begin slowly.

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  • 3-6 Months

What to Expect: Normal swelling after eyelid surgery usually takes 6-8 weeks to completely resolve. At 6. month, the treated areas should almost fully heal, scars will subside and you will have better final results.

What to Do: Continue protecting your eyes from the sun exposure and maintain a healthy and balanced skin care routine.

3 6 months after eyelid surgery


The bandages are changed by the doctor during the checkup. However, generally it is removed 1 week later. Your surgeon will give the most accurate information regarding the bandages.

Some patients may feel these symptoms as temporary effects during the recovery process. The surgeon may recommend eye drops to reduce these effects.

The answer actually depends on the individual healing process and the nature of the job. However, most patients generally resume their work within a week.

You typically need to wait for a week or until the swelling subsides significantly. However, it’s best to do it as your surgeon advises for your case.

Please note that each body is unique and the healing process and the body’s reaction can differ for every individual. 

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