How Long Will It Take for Bruised Skin to Heal After Eyelid Surgery?

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Bruising and Swelling after Eyelid Surgery

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The bruising that you sustain after eyelid surgery depends on the extent of the surgery. In general, the bruising resolves fairly quickly in 7 to 10 days. The purple discoloration will turn yellow and then slowly fade away with time. The swelling from eyelid surgery can take several months to completely resolve. The skin around the eyes is very fine. You will see changes in the swelling with improvement around your eyes for the whole first year after surgery.

New York Plastic Surgeon

Post-Operative Eyelid Bruising

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It's not unusual for patients to have bruising and swelling following blepharoplasty surgery. In most cases, this resolves in one to two weeks following surgery. In rare cases, bruising may last for up to 4 to 6 weeks following surgery.

During this period of time, it's important to maintain close contact with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to reassure you and alleviate your anxiety.

Bruising after bleph

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Most bruising resolves in about a week, but residual bruising can last for several weeks depending on your rate of healing. Refrain from exercise and heavy lifting for at least a week after surgery for minimal bruising. You can also cover it up a bit with concealer after your stitches have been removed (in about a week or so).

Bruising after eyelid surgery

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Bruising is expected after eyelid surgery and it usually resolves after 7 to 10 days.  Persistent bruising and discoloration of the soft tissues can occur.  There is really no magic cure as this will ultimately resolve on its own.  Occasionally alternating warm and cool compresses can help as well as on over the counter herbal product, Bromelean.  The usual antibruising dose is 500 mg twice a day between meals.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Bruised skin after an eyelid surgery

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in most cases, the black and blue turns to light purple in 3-5 days, then yellow/green and that is all gone in about 10 days. The paler the skin is, the longer it can be seen. Make sure you use sunblock until all of it is gone to avoid hyperpigmentation from the iron in the blood being affected by the sunlight too.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after eyelid surgery

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I agree with the other comments - usually bruising will take about 7-10 days for complete resolution. Sometimes the bruising persists a bit longer on the lower eyelid due to attachment of facia that can compartmentalize or trap bruising thus slowing your body's clearance of the bruise. Tissue can be stained with hemosiderin or iron after a lot of bruising making the area appear brown or discolored. This staining is uncommon on the face and eyes and will also resolve completely with time.

Bruising should resolve fairly quickly

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I agree with Dr. Ip, most patients heal relatively quickly after eyelid surgery, and the bruising and swelling should be nearly resolved after 7-10 days in most cases. If excessive bruising occurred after surgery, it may take a little longer. Sometimes olive skin will discolor even after the bruising is gone. This is a different situation. The discoloration, or hyperpigmentation can take several months, and sometimes up to a year to resolve in some situations. You can generally tell if you are susceptible to this if you get a small scratch, and it turns dark and takes forever to go away. Hope this helps!

Amy T. Bandy, DO, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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