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Recovering From Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery Edmonton
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  • December 29, 2016

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove excess skin or fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. This results in a dramatically youthful, more refreshed appearance.

Like all cosmetic surgeries, an blepharoplasty requires an extensive period of recovery. Knowing what to expect after the procedure and following your plastic surgeon’s aftercare instructions is crucial to ensure safe healing and optimum results.

Recovering From an Eyelid Surgery

During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will determine if the blepharoplasty can be done as an outpatient procedure or whether you will require an overnight stay in the hospital.

The following temporary symptoms are often experienced immediately after an eyelid surgery:
  • Redness around the treatment area
  • Excessive tearing
  • Light sensitivity
  • Dryness
  • Swelling

In some cases, the plastic surgeon may use a lubricant for your eyes and apply a dressing. This will cause your vision to blur temporarily.


After your eyelid surgery, you will be groggy and your vision will be unclear for the rest of the day.

If your procedure is going to be done on an outpatient basis, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home from the hospital. 

Eyelid Surgery After-Care Information

Day 1-2

The day following the eyelid surgery, patients will typically experience soreness and tightness on their eyelids. Any discomfort can be alleviated with painkillers.

For the first two days, make sure you have:

  • Lubricant: to treat your incisions
  • Eye drops: to prevent eye dryness
  • Cold compresses: which can be placed upon the eyelids to reduce any swelling

1st Week

During week 1 of your eyelid surgery recovery, your plastic surgeon will advise you to keep away from activities which could potentially dry out your eyes. This includes:

  • Watching TV
  • Using the computer
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Reading


  • 2-7 days following your eyelid surgery, your plastic surgeon will remove your stitches
  • Typically, patients feel well enough to resume their normal activities 10 days after their surgery
  • Keep your head elevated during this period of your recovery to promote healing and reduce any swelling  

2nd Week

For the first 14 days after your eyelid surgery, protect your eyes from the sun and wind by wearing dark glasses. During this time, you may find that your eyes become tired very quickly and extensive rest is recommended.

3rd/4th Week

Throughout the first 4 weeks of your eyelid surgery recovery, any activities that increase blood flow to your eyes should be avoided. This includes:

  • Lifting
  • Bending
  • Sporting activities
  • Crying  

Your plastic surgeon will best be able to advise you on when your normal exercise routine can be resumed.

Long-Lasting, Incredible Results

The recovery period for an eyelid surgery can prove to be extensive, especially in the earlier stages. However, after a few weeks, patients begin to experience dramatic improvements in their appearance.

This includes:

  • Elimination of ‘eye bags’
  • Clearer vision
  • Fewer wrinkles and lines around the corners and lower lids of the eye
  • A more youthful, rejuvenated appearance

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, eyelid surgery is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure with long-lasting, natural results.

Learn More

To find out more about what to expect before, during and after your eyelid surgery, contact Dr. Adil Ladak at 780-407-6691.

Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Edmonton, Alberta and specializes in a variety of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures.

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