What should I expect from eyelid surgery?

Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is a hugely popular cosmetic surgery because it can rejuvenate your appearance by giving you a more rested, youthful look. If you have angry- or tired-looking eyes, you may be thinking about eyelid surgery. Here, we dive into why eyelid surgery is performed and what you can expect during recovery.

Why it’s done

While some patients will have eyelid surgery to improve their vision by addressing sagging upper eyelids, eyelid surgery is often done for cosmetic reasons. This surgery addresses concerns about eyes that look tired, sad or angry and can be done on both upper and lower eyelids. The procedure consists of removing excess skin from the upper eyelids and reducing bagginess from the lower eyelids.


After surgery, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied to the eyelid area. Your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze, if necessary. You may experience swelling, bruising, irritation and dry eye as you heal. Your vision may be blurry from the ointment and your eyes sensitive to light, dry or watery.

It will be important to follow the post-operative instructions you’re given to help you heal correctly. Continue to use oral medication, cold compresses and ointment as instructed. Protect your eyes and wear sunglasses when you are out in the sun, especially as you heal.


You will see initial results but won’t see full results until after swelling and bruising subside in a couple of weeks. You will have stitches in both lids that remain for up to a week. Once you are healed, your results will last for several years, but your eyes will continue to age after the procedure. If your lids sag again, you may need another eyelid surgery or forehead lift at that time.

Eyelid surgery comes with one of the highest patient satisfaction rates among cosmetic surgical procedures. If you’re interested in learning more about rejuvenating your appearance with eyelid surgery, call our office at (617) 965-9500 to set up a consultation.

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