What to Expect after Blepharoplasty Surgery

Before and after images of lower blepharoplasty by Dr. Kulbersh in Charlotte, NC. A blepharoplasty is an excellent way to achieve a bright, youthful appearance, but it is important for patients to understand the recovery process. Certain physical changes are expected following eyelid surgery.  Some individuals may experience all of the following side effects during recovery, while others may experience only a few.  The degree to which each person is affected is variable and unpredictable. The recovery process is different for everyone.

If you are about to undergo a blepharoplasty, please review the following information and discuss any concerns with Dr. Kulbersh. He is available to answer any questions about the operation and healing period at any point in your procedure.

Post-Blepharoplasty Recovery Side Effects

BLEEDING – Oozing of blood and tissue fluid along the suture lines is normal for several days following surgery.  Bleeding that is severe or does not stop within 10 minutes of continuous pressure should be reported to our office.

SWELLING – Eyelid swelling is expected and may be more pronounced 24-72 hours after surgery. Excessive swelling of only ONE side of the face is abnormal and should be reported to our office immediately.  Sleeping with your head elevated and sitting upright during the day for several days following surgery will help minimize swelling.  Most swelling will gradually resolve in 14-28 days.

BRUISING – Bruising, too, is normal.  The bruises on your face may “fall” onto your neck and upper chest before disappearing.  Most bruising will resolve in the first 14 days and may be concealed by makeup after one week.

TIGHTNESS – Eyelid tightness is greatest in the first several weeks after surgery, but may persist to some degree for several months.  This is due to subtle swelling in the facial tissues that will subside.  Be assured, your face will again feel “normal.”

ITCHINGNUMBNESS – Itching along suture lines and in areas adjacent to the face (scalp, forehead) is common and temporary.  A feeling that the face, neck, and earlobes are numb also occurs.  Normal sensation usually returns within weeks to months.

HEAVINESS – Your eyes may feel “heavy” for 4-6 weeks following surgery.  This is due to swelling and changes that occur with healing.

ASYMMETRY – For the first several weeks following surgery your eyes may appear to be slightly lopsided.  This is because swelling is not symmetrical following surgery and resolves at different rates on different parts of the face.  This “unevenness” will settle out as the swelling goes away.

LUMPS/BUMPS – You may experience small lumps and bumps for a few weeks after surgery under the skin or on the incision lines.  These will resolve over time.


  • All stitches will be removed in approximately 7 days.
  • Natural or artificial tears to be placed in eyes during the day.
  • Lacrilube ointment applied on the incisions 2 times a day.
  • Before bedtime, place the Lacrilube inside the eye.
  • No heavy exercise for 2 weeks.

Contact Carolina Facial Plastics Today!

If you are interested in an “eye lift,” but are unsure about your options or the recovery process, Carolina Facial Plastics can help. Call (704) 842-3644 today to schedule a consultation!

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