Asian Double Eyelid Surgery Recovery Time

What's the average/typical recovery time after a double eyelid surgery (incision based)? I'm a male, I can't apply make up to hide any scars. So I would like to know how long it will take for the scars and swollenness to go away.

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Recovery time after Asian eyelid surgery

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Asian eyelid surgery or double eyelid surgery is sometimes called can be performed with a less invasive technique using sutures alone or an incision technique where skin or fat or muscle is removed or simply rearranged to create a new crease in a more pleasing position. Healing from the less invasive suture technique can take as little as 2 to 3 days but can easily take as long as a week if bruising occurs. The incision technique has bruising less often because the incision creates an open wound that can be more easily monitored and manipulated during the surgery. However, your healing time is a minimum of seven days and if the surgery is more involved anatomically or it is a revision and can take as long as two weeks. You're essentially functional within 2 to 4 days but not yet ready for social events or photographs. It's best that the procedure be performed under local anesthesia and you be seen twice in the first week after surgery.

Thank you for your inquiry

Chase Lay, MD

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

Recovery time for Asian eyelid surgery

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This depends on the type of technique used. 

For incision surgery, if the surgery is limited to the area above the crease and there is minimal disturbance of the tissue below the crease, then the recovery time (to work) may be as little as 7d.

If your anatomy requires extensive dissection below the level of the crease (to correct, e.g., ptosis, or heavy fat deposits), it may go two weeks.

If you are a candidate for the suture-only method, recovery time is about 4d. We post recovery photos on our website.

Charles S. Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Recovery Time For Asian Eyelid Surgery

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The Asian component of this is not irrelevant but it is certainly not enhanced because you are a man or an Asian per se. What I mean is, your skin type does not contribute to a prolonged healing time except in the more favorable circumstance compared to your twin sister. Women have a little more swelling and bruising than men do of the same ethnicity and age. Men have typically less conjunctival irritation but that too is a wild card for anybody. Your properly managed pre- and post-operative situation should include some proactive measures for bruising, like using Arnica Montana starting a couple of days before surgery and for 2 weeks post surgically. Avoiding anti-platelet agents as well as the use of naturally occurring Bromelain (eating fresh pineapple for a few days before and after surgery) contribute to reducing your swelling. Overall I tell patients that they usually look like they have had an allergy attack by 7 or 8 days post op or when their sutures come out and their swelling will be dramatically improved by week two. Some of the subtleties of the outcome can take 4 to 6 weeks (until your mother says your eyes look very normal). I talk to patients frankly about this and I use the analogy of the mall test, meaning you walk by the person in the mall and you say, “look at the nice shoes he is wearing” instead of “look at the guy who had eyelid surgery.” The best way to discuss this with you is to show you the many photographs that I review in the context of your consultation process so that you have a good handle on your occupation, your ethnicity and your outcome goals so you have a realistic expectation for recovery. I always speak frankly because I have enough experience to talk about all of the above variables. But, of course, you are you and your recovery is individualized. Choose wisely!

Paul Vanek, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Asian Eyelid Surgery Recovery Time: 2 weeks (better than before) ~ 6 months (at its best)

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Great question (often asked by male patients.)

The full recovery from any incisional surgery on the eyelids can take up to 6 months; however, the time for the eyelids to appear normal, natural and better than the pre-operative appearance typically takes 2 weeks. Many men do apply a little makeup to conceal the minimal bruising or scar after 1 week. The first 2 weeks is where the majority of the improvement is seen, but tightening can still be observed out to 6 months.

Thanks for the question. I hope you find this useful.

Recovery from Asian Blepharoplasty varies and depends on the patient

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Recovery from Asian Blepharoplasty varies and depends on the patient. Generally, the recover takes a week or so. The swelling in the eyes can sometimes take longer to get over depending on your genetics, likelihood of bleeding, your bodies inherent healing properties, etc. Recovery is typically longer than standard blepharoplasty.

With Asian blepharoplasty, you have to get to a deeper level in order to recreate the crease. This extra dissection can lead to more swelling, bruising, etc. Techniques to increase the longevity of your crease can add to the healing. But the benefit is that your crease will last longer. I have techniques that make the crease last longer. You can read my blog to find out more about how I do the Asian Blepharoplasty.

Another general common understanding of wound healing is that you usually get 60% of your healing the first 6 weeks.  You get 80% at 6 months.  You have 89% of the healing by 2 years and then it tapers off after that.  Look forward to hearing from you!

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Double eyelid surgery - 3 months healing time for final results

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The typical recovery time is one to two weeks. That does not mean your eyelids will be healed completely but that you should be able to go out in public quite comfortably.

Keep in mind that swelling after double eyelid surgery is more significant than with a standard Blepharoplasty. The crease that has been surgically created will appear too high for the first few months. This resolves but does take some patience and can take from three to six months.

Thomas Buonassisi, MD
Vancouver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 114 reviews

Recovery after asian double eyelid

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Dear 7690,

Thank you for your questions.

Recovery after incision based double eyelid surgery is usually a week or so.  There are sutures that need to be removed after 5-7 days, depending on the surgeon's preferences.  At the end of the week, there will still be swelling which will make the fold appear larger and higher than it will eventually settle out to be.  This sometimes takes 6-10 months after surgery.  

My preference in a case such as yours would be to use a non-incisional method.   There are no sutures to remove.  Patients can look fairly normal in 2-3 days.  The period of swelling is much shorter and even in one week patients can have their swelling mostly resolved.

Shim Ching, MD
Honolulu Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Bruise Balm for eyelid surgery

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Most eyelid procedures have about a one week downtime, some less and some more. Avoid blood thinners and maximize results with Arnica montana after surgery. In our office, we recommend a Bruise Balm by Plato's Medicinals. 


Dr. Karamanoukian 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Asian Eyelid- Blepharoplasty Recovery time

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Generally speaking, we recommend our patient to take 1 week off to recover. The stitches come out on Day 5, but swelling and bruising can last up to 2 weeks. Following that, the tiny incision lines/scars will take many months to subside, but are typically not noticeable.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 170 reviews

Recovery for incisional upper blepharoplasty

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For an incisional upper blepharoplasty, the incision will take a few weeks to return to its normal pigmentation and become a faint line.  The crease, however, may take a few months to descend to its normal position and may appear too high initially.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

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