What to Expect During and After Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that can help you look younger, more awake, and even help improve your vision. Considering cosmetic surgery to improve your appearance can make you feel excited about the outcome — but it's still surgery, so you’re likely to have some questions and concerns about the procedure and recovery.

Richard Peck, MD, in West Orange, New Jersey, regularly performs personalized blepharoplasty for men and women who want to subtly or dramatically improve the appearance of drooping, puffy eyes. While everyone is unique, these general guidelines about eyelid surgery procedure and recovery should help put your mind at ease.

You’re awake and comfortable during the procedure

Eyelid surgery is an in-office procedure during which you are awake. Dr. Peck performs your surgery using a local anesthetic, and we also offer medication to help you relax, if needed. Because your well-being during surgery is our top priority, we make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable from start to finish.

The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the extent of your surgery and if you’re combining blepharoplasty with other cosmetic procedures, such as rhinoplasty or Botox® injections

Upper and lower eyelid surgery

If you’re having your upper eyelids treated, Dr. Peck makes a small incision along the natural crease of your eyelid. Then, he removes or repositions the fatty tissue that makes your eyes look puffy or causes your eyelids to droop over your eyeball, impeding vision. He also removes excess skin and tightens muscles if needed, so your eyes appear more open and alert. 

Lower eyelid surgery involves a small incision just below your lash line, which allows Dr. Peck to remove or redistribute the excess fat that’s causing under-eye bags. He may also remove excess skin, depending on your individual concerns and your desired aesthetic goals. 

Once he’s finished with your upper lids, lower lids, or both, Dr. Peck carefully closes the incisions so any scarring is virtually undetectable. As you recover, you notice an improvement in the appearance of your eyes that makes you look younger and more refreshed. 

Recovery after eyelid surgery is relatively easy

After surgery, you rest comfortably in our office while we monitor you until you’re ready to go home. We release you to a friend or family member because you won’t be able to drive post-surgery.

Our team provides you with detailed instructions regarding how to minimize swelling and bruising after your surgery, but some general guidelines to follow include:

As swelling goes down in the days that follow your eyelid surgery, you begin to notice an improved appearance in the area around your eyes. You can usually return to work and go out in public within 10-14 days.

The results of eyelid surgery are long-lasting

After eyelid surgery, under-eye bags are gone and sagging eyelids now appear open and more youthful. You look more refreshed, as though you’ve had a good night’s sleep. While blepharoplasty doesn’t completely stop the natural aging process, it certainly dials it back a few years.

You can keep your eyes looking young after surgery by always wearing sunscreen and UV-blocking sunglasses, not smoking, and living a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, nonsurgical treatments, such as Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments can help smooth out wrinkles and keep the skin around your eyes looking its best. 

Are you ready to book a consultation for your eyelid surgery? Give our friendly plastic surgery team a call today at 973-559-5375, or contact us via our online form

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