Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Recovery Time

Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery Recovery Time |Las Vegas Plastic SurgeryBlepharoplasty or eyelid lift cosmetic surgery is a sensitive procedure, which should only be performed by a qualified surgeon. The surgeon will explain to the patient not only what to expect during the procedure, but also what to expect after the surgery. Like any surgical procedure, blepharoplasty will involve a period of recovery.

Dr. Bryson Richards is a board certified plastic surgeon providing eyelid surgery and various other procedures for the breast, body, and face. During the pre-op consultation, Dr. Richards will address all aspects of the procedure, including estimated recovery. He provides blepharoplasty to patients in Las Vegas, Bullhead City, Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV, and surrounding locations.


Estimated Time for Recovery

Eyelid lift plastic surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, but in a few cases, an overnight stay at the hospital may be required. The appropriate environment for immediate recovery will be determined by the preferences of both the surgeon and the patient. The patient should be prepared to undergo a downtime of about one week after eyelid surgery.

Within a week, most patients will be ready to resume their daily routine or return to their workplace. However, the complete recovery from eyelid surgery usually takes several weeks. Within two to five days, the sutures will be removed. The patient should give plenty of rest to the eyes during this early phase. Swelling and redness will be pronounced in the first week, but will progressively fade from the second week.

If the patient exerts the eyes with reading or watching TV in the early recovery phase, it can increase blood flow to the eyes and create complications or delay full recovery. The initial recovery phase may seem long or tiresome for the patient, but as the swelling and bruising gets resolved, they will begin to notice a welcome change in their facial appearance.

As the full results of eyelid surgery set in, the eyes will start looking more youthful and alert. It will make the patient cheerful and self-confident about their renewed upper facial look. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City, Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV, and nearby areas for blepharoplasty.


Temporary Side Effects

The initial side effects of eyelid surgery may include swelling and redness around the incision areas. Mild soreness, dryness, and itching in these areas may occur, and the eyes may tear excessively. These issues can be addressed with an ointment that the surgeon may prescribe.

Temporary blurred vision may also occur as one of the temporary side effects, and the patient may initially feel sensitivity to light. These effects will resolve quickly on their own as long as the patient follows the surgeon’s recovery instructions with diligence.



In addition to the ointment prescribed by the surgeon, the patient may also use over the counter pain medications for a few days to be more comfortable. Cold compresses may be placed over the eyes in the first few days to reduce swelling. The surgeon may also prescribe eye drops to prevent dry eye. Protection from sun and wind should be ensured for the eyes in the first few weeks.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Taking new patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City,  Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV and surrounding areas.

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