What to Expect During and After Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgeryThey say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Drooping eyelids, excessive wrinkling, and other unflattering eyelid issue can make you look older and distract from your eyes’ natural beauty. That’s why many people undergo eyelid surgery to rejuvenate their eyelids. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, surgically alters the shape of the eyelid and removes fat around the eyes to help create a smoother, more youthful appearance. Let’s explore what to expect during eyelid surgery and afterward.

Eyelid Surgery Process


Anesthesia is the first step in the blepharoplasty process. Eyelid surgery can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. These choices will be made with your surgeon depending on your needs and preferences.


An incision is made on each eyelid to access the underlying. The incisions are usually made along the natural crease of the eyelids to be discreet as possible. During upper eyelid surgery, the incision is usually made in the natural fold of the upper eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is typically placed either just below the lower lash line. The incision can also sometimes be placed inside the lower eyelid.

Tissue Altering

The surgeon will skillfully remove or adjust any extra skin, fat, and muscle to achieve the desired appearance. This could involve trimming away unnecessary tissue, repositioning fat, or tightening muscles, depending on your aesthetic or functional goals.


After completing all the alterations, the surgeon will close the incisions using surgical glue or sutures.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery Process

Recovery will primarily consist of managing symptoms and preventing infection. Swelling and bruising around the eyes are expected after eyelid surgery. Cold compresses and elevating your head can be used to minimize swelling. Bruising will typically fade after a couple of weeks. Mild discomfort, tightness, dryness, and itchiness are common around the eyes as well. These issues are managed with pain medication, ointments, or eyedrops. That being said, everyone’s recovery will look different, and your surgeon will provide you with all the resources you need for recovery.

Seeking a Provider

We hope that understanding the procedure and recovery process will make you more comfortable with blepharoplasty and help you decide if it’s right for you. We welcome you to experience exceptional care at the Skin & Beauty Center. Our compassionate team would be happy to answer any questions and guide you toward your cosmetic goals. If you’re considering eyelid surgery, contact the Skin & Beauty Center at 818-842-8000 today.

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