How much time should I allow between an eyelid lift and a facelift? What sequence should I do them?

I am 61 years old and have been approved by my insurance for an eyelid lift due to vision obstruction. I prefer to go to a different doctor for a face lift (he will not take insurance for the eyelid lift). Also, I have already paid for a 1540 Fraxel lazer treatment. Is it feasible to try to do all 3 of these during a 2-3 month period this summer. How much time should I allow between all three? Or should I just do the eye and face? What sequence should I do them and how close together?

Doctor Answers 33

Begin With Eyelid Surgery, Then Move to Facelift

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I always recommend working from the top downward. I would suggest that your eyes are addressed first and allow 6 weeks to pass before undergoing the facelift. In theory, they can both be addressed at the same time, but since different surgeons are involved, I would allow the first procedure to heal completely prior to the second. Laser treatments are best performed after all lifting procedures are done. Again, waiting 6 weeks should be enough time for the cheek skin to heal prior to any resurfacing procedures. Good luck with your procedures.

Time lapse for Surgeries

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Hi Debbie Sputo

Thanks for posting! All the best for your eyelid lift, great that your insurance company will pay for this. It would be best to consult your PS on what options you have to do your surgeries. Perhaps do the eye's and face first and then see what results you get before you do the lazer treatment. It's a shame you can't do them together, as this would have minimized the down time you experienced.

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Eyelids, Then Facelift

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Thanks for your detailed question. If you are going to have the eyelid and facelift surgeries performed separately, schedule the eyelid lift first. Waiting about 4 to 6 weeks after that to undergo a facelift should be plenty of time for the eyelids to heal. Of course, ultimately you should follow the advice of the plastic surgeons who are actually doing the procedures. As for a laser resurfacing procedure, I would ask your surgeon if she or he will perform it at the same time as the facelift. That will mean you'll have one fewer recovery. Good luck with the procedures!

Surgeries First, Then Laser Resurfacing

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Thank you for your question. With some careful scheduling, it's quite possible to have all procedures performed over the summer. Most surgeons would perform the eyelid surgery first, then the facelift; what matters most is that you allow yourself 2 to 3 weeks to heal between the first and second surgical procedure, assuming the eyelid surgery is done under local anesthesia, perhaps with a mild intravenous sedation. It is generally recommended to space out general anesthesia 4 weeks apart.Whatever you choose, hold off on the Fraxel treatment until 3 to 4 weeks after the second surgery, allowing time for the facial swelling to go down. Be sure that you let each of the medical practitioners know about the other procedures you plan to undergo. Good luck!

Marc DuPéré, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

Timing of different facial surgeries

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If you would like to have the blepharoplasty and facelift done separately, I would suggest having your eyes done first as they heal reasonably quickly.  You can likely proceed with facelift 4-6 weeks after.  Your laser can be done once you have sufficiently healed from the facelift. 

Adam Bryce Weinfeld, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Easy to stagger these procedures

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I believe the plastic surgeon can safely proceed 4-6 weeks after your eyelid surgery.  95% or more of the lid swelling will be gone by then, and you can have an excellent result from your facelift!

Best Wishes

Joseph M. Woods, IV, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

Facelift, eyelid surgery, laser treatments

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 A facelift and eyelid surgery can be performed together or separately. If they're performed separately, it is probably best to wait at least a month in between the surgeries. The laser treatments can be performed another month after both eyelids and face lift surgery.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

The eyelid lift and the facelift

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Dear Debbie,

Thank you for your question.  The eyelid lift is usually a fairly small procedure that does not require significant time for healing.  It would make sense to schedule this procedure first.  A facelift could be scheduled a week or two after your eyelid surgery.  I would recommend saving the laser for last.  Three to four weeks should give you sufficient time for healing after a facelift and before laser.  Good luck!

Konstantin Vasyukevich, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Go for it

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Do them all as close to together as you can. In my neighborhood we do it all at one sitting.Why waste your time waiting to heel . Use your time showing off how good you look

Richard Ellenbogen, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How much time between procedures?

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Hi Debbie, I would schedule the facelift procedure about two weeks after the eyelid surgery. This will allow the eyes time to heal before adding additional swelling to the healing process.

Todd C. Miller, MD
Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon

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