After Upper Eyelid Surgery, Will the Eyes Be Totally Covered or Can I See?

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Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) Recovery

Thanks for asking this question.  This is one of the most common questions related to this procedure.  Typically eyes are not covered after blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery.  After surgery most surgeons have their patients apply cool compresses and keep their head elevated to reduce swelling. 

Another question commonly asked is how much pain is there after surgery. Most patients have minimal pain after this surgery and usually only require acetominophen (Tylenol(R)).  Significant pain after this surgery is so unusual that if it develops you should call your surgeon.

Summit Facial Plastic Surgeon

33 Overlook Road
Summit, NJ 07901

Are the eyes covered after blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is an outpatient surgery with no need to cover the eyes after surgery.  It is essentially painless just hours after the operation.  There is bruising around the eyes that last 7-10 days but the eyes can see and one can peform routine tasks except exercising or heavy liftng for 7-10 days.  Oculoplastic surgeons are specialists in performing surgery on eyelids and around the eyes.

Mehryar (Ray) Taban, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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9735 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Eyelid surgery

In most cases the eyes will only have ice packs on which can be removed at will. Swelling is usually minor so you should have no problems seeing normally. In fact, should you have any visual disturbance at all it is reason for immediate evaluation.

Andrew Pichler, MD
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon
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6633 Coyle Ave
Carmichael, CA 95608

Recovery after upper eyelid surgery

The swelling is typically most severe for the first 72 hours after the surgery. I used cold packs to reduce the swelling and most of the patients are seen 1 day after the procedure. Very rarely is the swelling so severe that you are unable to open the eyes and see. Most of the time, you will experience heaviness sensation of the upper eyelids. Your vision should remain intact. 

Best wishes,

Stewart Wang, MD FACS, Wang Plastic Surgery

Stewart Wang, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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76 N Hudson Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

Seeing after Upper Eyelid Surgery

After surgery to correct hooding or fullness of the upper lids, my patients can see normally. There is no dressing or patch to wear. There is merely ointment to apply twice per day. Patients occasionally have a slight difficulty to focus on close reading for a couple days, but this quickly resolves as any swelling leaves.

Michael Horn, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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60 E. Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611

Upper eyelid surgery

Dear kmcnelley,

  • Typically, there are some sutures in place
  • The area is left uncovered
  • You will be able to see your results right away even though there is some swelling
  • It will continue to improve over the next couple of weeks

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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201 South Lasky Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Are eyes covered after upper eyelid surgery?

Normally, the eyes would not need to be covered after an upper blepharoplasty surgery and you should be able to see just fine.  Ice packs are helpful on and off for the first few days to help with swelling and bruising, and obviously when these are placed, your eyes should be closed.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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500 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Upper Eyelid Surgery and Recovery

     Upper eyelid surgery should have an easy recovery.  Cold compresses in the first few hours to days can reduce swelling and bruising.  The eyes do not need to be covered.  By a week, most people have residual swelling but the bruising is gone.  Find a plastic surgeon with great credentials for your procedure.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 336 reviews

435 North Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Vision after upper eyelid surgery

Patients are able to see after surgery, however, there will be some bruising and swelling after the procedure for the first 2 weeks post-op. Patients are not able to drive home after their eyelid surgery.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

1101 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104

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