Bruising is a side effect of nearly any surgical procedure, including plastic surgery. For facial plastic surgery, this is especially a concern for patients who want to return to their lives as quickly as possible. With a blepharoplasty, it can be difficult to hide the bruising and it may also appear alarming. What is normal for bruising after blepharoplasty?

As mentioned, bruising after blepharoplasty is perfectly normal. You may also experience swelling and redness. Generally, the bruising will be worst around two to three days after surgery. You may have black eyes and the bruising may darken. However, this extremely noticeable bruising does not occur for every patient and should subside within a few days. 

Around one week to ten days after surgery, most patients can go back out in public and to social events. You may still need a little concealer to cover residual swelling or bruising, though it should become relatively unnoticeable at this point. 

Some patients may see prolonged bruising if they have certain medical conditions, smoke, or on certain medications. If this is the case, bruising may linger. Usually, within two to three weeks, patients will see the cessation of bruising. Many patients will see the bruising fade in under ten days. If bruising lasts longer than two to three weeks, you should contact Dr. Santos.

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