Swollen eyelid 7 days post-op for excess skin removal and ptosis. How long will it stay like this? (photo)
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Swelling after eyelid surgery
Hi. Recovery time after blepharoplasty and ptosis repair can be highly variable from patient to patient, but typically lasts several weeks, and occasionally several months. The swelling in your photo appears completely normal for 1 week post op. Obviously a photo on the internet is not enough to give accurate medical advice, and you need to follow up with your surgeon regarding your recovery. Hope this helps. Best regards, Ira Vidor, M.D.
Swelling after eyelid surgery..very variable
When you have eyelid surgery swelling is very variable. On average most patients will have a decrease swelling in about one week to 10 days. I tell my patients that if they have a very important function to go to they should count on one month for safety. When you have ptosis repair you will have more swelling than if you just had a cosmetic blepharoplasty. Patience is a virtue and ultimately your result will be worth it!
Thanks for your question. Based on your photo, I'd say you have a completely normal amount of swelling for only being 1 week out from surgery. This swelling will distort the lid crease slightly, which is likely exactly in the position it should be. Typically, swelling resolves after 2-3 weeks.
If you have significant questions/concerns, I wouldn't hesitate to contact your surgeon. But based on your photo, you appear to be healing quite normally. Hope this helps!