What to Expect from Blepharoplasty?

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If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure it is always important to do your research and be aware of what to expect from the surgery itself and during the recovery phase. The last thing you want to do is to be ill informed about how much recovery time you need or what will happen to your body and no professional cosmetic surgeon should allow this to happen.

So what about when it comes to blepharoplasty? Well first of all a lot of you might even be wondering what it is! Blepharoplasty is surgery that is carried out on your eyelids and is often referred to as an “eyelid lift”, but there are a variety of different procedures to give different results and there is actually there is no lifting done in the procedure.


This surgery usually occurs on the lower or upper eyelid and in some instances on both. It is usually the removal of fat and excess skin to create a more youthful appearance, but in some instances fat is added to give a less sunken eyelid appearance. George Clooney is one of the most recognized faces that has had the blepharoplasty procedure and when asked about it he reportedly said, “I felt like it was pretty important to be able to see”.

A form of the surgery, commonly known as Asian eyelid surgery, is also very big in Asia and it aims to create an upper eyelid crease and a Westernized look if you were to have both upper and lower eyelids done.

But what can you expect from blepharoplasty in both its results and immediately post-surgery? Here we breakdown exactly what you need to know.

What to Expect While In Recovery

It is difficult to give a completely accurate analysis of what to expect post-surgery as everybody recovers differently. But there are common questions that everybody having eyelid surgery is going to ask, from how swollen will my eyes get? To when will I look normal and how will it impact me over the next few weeks?

So here’s what you can expect from blepharoplasty post-surgery:

Bruising – It is only natural for bruising to occur after any surgery and the extent of bruising to your eyes will depend entirely upon whether you have just you upper, lower or both upper and lower eyelids done. You will usually have a good idea of how you bruise in general as a person and this might give you some indication of what to expect. It can also be quite common for the blood to pool around the neck as gravity plays its part; so don’t be shocked to have odder than usual areas on your neck. Bruising always goes through but it can, in some cases take up to 2 months.

Swelling – Things are always going to look and feel worst immediately after surgeries so don’t expect to see your usual face with immediate improvements from the surgery. Swelling is your body’s way of reacting and healing, it is nothing to panic about and swelling can be treated with cooling packs and steroid pills.

There are of course a whole host of minor ailments to expect post-surgery, bruising and swelling are the most notable, but others include:

  •  Being more sensitive to light
  •  Slight pain
  •  Watery eyes
  •  Blurry vision

What To Expect After Recovery?

After the surgery is complete and the bruising and swelling has completely subsided then patients will have an opportunity to see the end results of the procedure. The effect of the surgery will be completely dependent on what procedure you actually had. As we mentioned before, if you want to remove large, dark bags under your eyes then the procedure will leave you with a more youthful look and more prominent eyes.

Often people opt for this procedure because they feel their overhanging eye lids and bags under their eyes make them appear tired all that time and can also play a significant part in vision impairment. By removing this excess fat and skin you are resorting back to a younger and more attractive you, all you need to do is look to how drastic some of the eyelid transformations have been to people’s appearance to see how worthwhile it can be.

So if you are considering blepharoplasty then be sure to do your research, finding a professional and qualified cosmetic surgeon and make sure you know exactly what to expect from the results of the surgery to the recovery.