Eyelid surgery–also known as blepharoplasty–is a procedure that removes sagging, extra skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is generally a quick procedure that Dr. Santos often performs under local anesthesia. Before surgery, patients usually want to plan to take enough time off work and return to activities as soon as possible. This leads to questions such as “How long does it take to recovery from eyelid surgery?”

The healing process is different for every patient. Medical conditions such as diabetes can slow the rate of healing. On average, patients can return to work in one to two weeks. Though if they can work from their computer at home, it may be sooner. Bruising and swelling may persist for about two weeks, but generally is covered easily with makeup after about seven to ten days. 

Your eyes will likely get tired quickly for the first week or two, which is an important factor in when you can return to work and activities. Dr. Santos will also likely recommend that you do not drive for at least two weeks. Some walking is okay, but avoid strenuous activities. 

Around the two week mark, most patients can fully return to most activities. Dr. Santos may still restrict some forms of exercise, but most patients can mostly continue their normal lives at this point. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-430-1035. You can also contact us online via Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.