I am concerned that I may not be able to take off the time it takes to heal from an eye-lid surgery. How long would I have to take off of work? Are there any other alternatives to eye-lid surgery that require less down time? Thank You.
I am considering having an eyelid lift done. However, I have heard that it requires quite a bit of healing time?
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Blepharoplasty and time off post-op
Healing time after eyelid surgery?
Most people are able to return to work in about a week after upper eyelid surgery and about ten days after lower eyelid surgery. You may still have some swelling but should be able to return to work unless your job is physically demanding and then you will need more time off. There are few alternatives to upper eyelid surgery:occasionally a browlift is a better choice. Sometimes dermal fillers (such as Juvederm) can camouflage lower lid aging changes. Discuss with your plastic surgeon and good luck
Healing after an eyelid lift
Every patient is different and there are a lot of factors that influence how much swelling/bruising you will have. Your chosen surgeon will go over ways to decrease it but I usually have patients stay out of work 10 days. I operate on Friday and keep them out until the following Monday. However people that can work from home on the phone/computer can start the next day.
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The complexity of eyelid surgery can vary widely. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be 80% healed in 5 - 12 days. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty with removal of fat may be healed in 12 - 21 days. However, if there is skin removal from the lower eyelids, fat grating to the eyelids, or a ptosis repair of the upper eyelids done recovery can be much long. Sleeping with your head elevated, the use of a topical steroid, and icing will all decrease the time to your recovery. Best of luck with your surgery.
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Recovery from Eyelid Surgery
Depending on the issue, there may or may not be an alternative to eyelid surgery.
Eyelid surgery downtime
Healing after blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)
Healing varies from patient to patient but generally is pretty fast for upper eyelid surgery and slower for lower eyelid surgery. If only an upper blepharoplasty is done, most patients resume their daily activities after a few days when the swelling started to subside. Some bruising, though, is likely still present. One can start wearing eye shadow and makeup again after 7 days. Lower eyelid surgery takes longer to heal, approximately 10-14 days. Please note that skin complexion, skin thickness, propensity to bruising, etc. all play a role how quick one's recovery is.
Eyelid surgery healing
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