Canthoplasty eyelid surgery recovery advice

Can anyone tell me how long it takes to recover from canthoplasty? Haven't had the procedure yet but I'm thinking about it. I'm a truck driver, so obviously I'll need to have my eyes open and be alert when I go back to work, and I don't necessarily want to take two months off. Actually, there's no way I can have the procedure if downtime is more than, say, 3-4 weeks.


M, 35, Tennessee

I had it done a few years back and as best as I can remember I was only "down" for about 2 weeks. I had the stitches removed after only a couple of days. Maybe it was just me, but I know my doc had said I was right on track. I can't imagine that it'd be all that different for you. You're young, after all! :) Still, if you're too worried about it, you can always get a consultation and see what your doc has to say. What could it hurt? It's not a terrible recovery, either. If you're already contemplating it, there's no reason not to talk to a doc about it.

With such a specific timeframe of when you need to return to work, I can see why you are not sure about having this procedure. Most of my research has shown that all of the swelling and bruising will be gone within two weeks, but there have been cases of people who needed a longer period of time before the swelling went down. It's also important to remember that it takes six to eight weeks for the shape of your eyelids to return to normal, so you should discuss that with your surgeon. 

I think the best way to decide if you are able to undergo this procedure is to think about how you have healed in the past. Do you find that you swell and bruise for longer than normal when you are injured? If you have had to have any surgeries in the past, did it take you longer to heal than your doctor expected? If the answer to these questions is no, you should be able to return to work safely within two weeks.

Trust me - after canthoplasty surgery, it’s really important to give your body plenty of time to heal. You need a good two weeks of rest in order to heal properly. If you don’t give yourself enough time, the eyelid wound could open and require stitching. If you want to get back into your workout regime, wait a minimum of two weeks before restarting. If you try to start working out earlier than that, you could pop the stitches or feel pain and throbbing.

After approximately two weeks, you should notice that most of the swelling and bruising is gone. If it isn’t, though, you should definitely visit your doctor to find out why healing is taking longer than normal. It can take up to eight weeks for your eyelid shape to become normal, but you should start healing long before that.