Numbness Eyelid Surgery?

How long after undergoing eyelid surgery should numbness around the eyes reside?

Doctor Answers (6)

Numbness is temporary


Numbness around the eyelid area is an expected temporary outcome after undergoing blepharoplasty. The sensation does return in a few weeks.

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Everyone is little different


Having gone through a blepharoplasty procedure myself I can testify about the numbness personally.  I found it was temporary and once it went away it didn't come back.  It was really three to four weeks before I had full feeling in all four lids.

This is typical for my patients as well.  A few of them take longer, more like six weeks.  Rarely will numbness in the eyelids last longer than that.

Did it bother me?  No, since I don't wear makeup.  But my female patients tell me that it was strange putting their eyeliner on when they couldn't feel it and even stranger taking it off later.  But thankfully it all comes back eventually.

Phillip C. Haeck, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness after Eyelid Surgery?


Thank you for the question.

Numbness may persist for several months after any type of facial surgery.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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One could have numbness for three months after eyelid surgery, but it should not be severe, and really mostly noticeable when touching th eeyelid directly.

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