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What to Expect

Although our society is increasingly geared toward instant gratification, rushing the healing process is never a good idea. It’s easy for patients to get a little too active too quickly. Each body has its own pace, and your body's recovery speed is unique to you. As with any procedure, we have specific guidelines for preparation and recovery.

For more information about our eyelid lift procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

Recovery times vary from patient to patient. Eyelid lift recovery tends to take about 4-10 days, with the average patient looking very good at about one week. Bear in mind, however, that these are averages. Some individuals may heal more quickly, while others may take longer to fully recover. A patient who tends to have more bruising and swelling than normal will take longer to heal.

Most patients should allow one week before returning to work and other normal day-to-day activities and about two weeks before participating in any kind of exercise or strenuous physical activity.

Following our instructions regarding medications and other post-operative measures is the key to a quick recovery. Herbal medications are available to reduce swelling and bruising and to speed the healing process.

It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Avoid wearing any clothing that must go over your head. We will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

You will need someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

When your procedure is completed, a bandage will gently be placed around your eyes to minimize swelling and bruising. Although a bandage is not absolutely necessary, it greatly decreases swelling and speeds your recovery time. It will also be a reminder to take it easy for the first day. If you become claustrophobic or uncomfortable, the bandage can be removed at any time. Cold compresses are then applied for the first 48 hours. It is normal for the eyes to feel tight.

You will be given specific instructions that include:

  • How to care for the surgical site
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
  • When to return to the office

We will see you the day after surgery and then again on the 4th or 5th day to remove your sutures. At one week you can resume normal activities, at two weeks you can begin light exercise, and at three weeks there are no restrictions.


The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and an alert and rejuvenated appearance.

It's natural to feel excited about seeing the “new” you, but you'll need to be patient as your face heals from the surgery. Your final results will appear within several weeks, but it may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine. Once healed, the incision lines from an Eyelid Lift are nearly invisible in almost all patients. While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your results.

Because we have worked with so many patients, we can look at someone relatively early in their recovery and say, "You look great," even though that patient can only see how they look that day—not how they will look a few weeks later. Your final result will not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance but should also help you feel more confident about yourself.

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