Blepharoplasty recovery tips I should know about before the surgery?

Hello, doctors! Do you have any recommendations regarding aftercare for this procedure? I’m counting on my doctor to do a great job on my lower eyelid, and then on myself to do all that I can to have a quick and clean recovery.


F, 56, New York

Yes your best bet is to LISTEN to the post-op instructions the surgeon and staff give you and follow them.

The most common mistake patients make during eyelid surgery recovery is not giving the incisions enough time to heal before resuming daily activities. The healing process generally takes 10 to 14 days before you are able to return to work.

I recommend staying off your feet for the first 2-3 days post-op, and applying a cold compress for 20 minutes every hour. (Be careful of applying ice cubes directly to the incisions. A better method is to dip a face cloth in ice water to keep the temperatures from being too cold).

When you sleep, try to sleep in a semi-reclined position with your head elevated.

You may be tempted to watch TV, read or use a computer. All of those things can extend your recovery period and should be avoided. Everyone's healing time is a little different and depends on age, personal health and the type of procedure performed, but you should be able to watch TV after the first 5 to 7 days. Keep avoiding strenuous physical activity for at least the first 3 weeks following blepharoplasty surgery.

You should expect to have some swelling and bruising around the eye area for the first week or so. It's normal to experience mild discomfort and some low-level pain during this time. Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen should be enough.


Many patients experience extremely water/teary eyes during the recovery process, others experience excessive dryness. You may also experience blurry vision or sensitivity to light. To make the blepharoplasty recovery go faster you should consider wearing dark sunglasses and avoid wearing contact lenses during this period.

That's a great question, and an important topic to be aware of. The most important recovery tip I can offer is to listen to the advice of your plastic surgeon. He or she will be the most familiar with your specific case and the specifics of your cosmetic surgery.

Your surgeon will advise you about how long you should stay off your feet, and how long before you can start watching television, read a magazine, or go back to work. The most common mistake patients make after an upper or lower blepharoplasty is to ignore their doctor’s instructions regarding recovery time.

We advise our patients to apply cold packs for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for the first 2-3 days after their blepharoplasty procedure. After the 3rd day they can apply them once every 2 to 3 hours.

We also advise our patients to stay off their feet for the first few days, and sleep with their heads in an elevated or upright position.

Many patients get bored and start wanting to play with their phones, watch TV or read. Try to avoid this temptation. Using your eyes during the recovery process often makes it take longer. Instead, try listening to the radio or a podcast.

Elevate head of bed x couple nights after surgery.

Ice packs 15 minutes every hour after surg x 2-3 days.

Ocumend Hydrogel pads.

Topical Ophtalmic Antibiotic ointment to incisions.

No strenous activity x 5-7 days.

Eric Adler, MD

Adler Medical Plaza

San Juan, PR 00918

I recommend following all of your plastic surgeons instructions during the post operative period to get you the best result! Congratulations and good Luck!

Hello and thank you for your question! Always follow your surgeon's post operative advice and recommendations. Some of us have varying techniques when performing the procedure so your surgeon truly is your best resource.  I generally recommend to avoid any pain relievers such as Advil or Aspirin, as well as keeping your head elevated. Good luck!

Hello. Keeping your head elevated for several days after surgery is helpful Cold compresses will help minimize swelling and bruising. Wait 2 weeks before any cardio exercise. However, please follow any post op instructions or guidelines your surgeon gives you.

Please follow the specific instructions that your Plastic Surgeon gives you.  Surgeons have different techniques for surgical procedures, as well as different post operative instructions.  I hope this was helpful.

Best Wishes, Dr. B. 

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