Eyelid Tuck and Brow Lift: The Recovery 411

by Dr. Jason Martin 

April 21, 2020

 “Even though getting older is something to celebrate, the joy of another year is often lessened by the changes we see on the outside : A guide to making the appearance of your eyes, match the age that you feel on the inside.

It can be extremely frustrating to watch the appearance of your eyes change with time, especially in your 40s and 50s. FYI, if this is you and you are frustrated, you are not alone. For your eyes and brows, small changes over time can add up to big changes in the mirror. But fret not, we have answers.  A healthy lifestyle that limits alcohol, smoking and sun exposure while embracing exercise and proper nutrition really does help.  But even with a strict adherence to all things healthy, you are primarily at the whim of your genetics and the unavoidable effects of aging.  Therefore, we offer many options to improve the appearance of your eyes.  Most include at least one of five options: Botox and fillers, skin tightening treatments like Fractora, Accutite, an Eyelid Tuck (aka Blepharoplasty) and Brow Lift.  Done naturally and expertly, each of these options can be transformative and extremely rejuvenating. So, for those of you who are frustrated with how your eyes have changed with age, we have a plan that is right for you. By keeping the good parts and cleaning up the other parts that make your eyes look tired, heavy and wrinkled we make you look like you but rejuvenated and naturally transformed.  

Most are surprised to learn that recovery from Eyelid Tuck and Brow Lift surgery is easier than what they imagined.  Pain is rarely a problem.  Don’t get me wrong, it can be uncomfortable but any pain after this surgery is easily managed with pain medications, muscle relaxants and a lot of ice.  Although your return to physical activities will not be as quick as other surgeries, there is not much limitation to normal daily activities besides an increased awareness of your movements and also a need to keep your head elevated after surgery, even when you sleep. Swelling and bruising is the biggest issue and that is easily reduced with a good post surgery maintenance plan. 

Although recovery times can vary with an Eyelid Tuck or Browlift, in general it will take you:

  • 1 week to get back on your feet and return to normal daily activities
  • 2-3 weeks to return to return to public activities
  • Around 4 weeks to return to your normal workout schedule 

There are many tricks to help you feel more comfortable during recovery.  The use of local anesthesia during surgery really does help with comfort immediately after surgery.  Intermittent icing is always helpful and offers a great way to reduce postoperative swelling and bruising.  Next we rely on pain medications, muscle relaxants and compression garments in the first week after surgery to minimize any discomfort and pain.  After 1 week, pain medication is usually not necessary and non narcotics like Tylenol and Ibuprofen can be used instead.  Sleeping with your head elevated to 30 degrees for the first week or two after surgery also helps quicken your recovery.

After 1 month, you should be at your baseline but in many cases, getting back into your full exercise routine may take a little longer.  Exercise can cause swelling which can be uncomfortable, especially in the first 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.  It is best to ease back into this routine slowly and temporarily change up some of the exercises if necessary.

If your recovery seems slow, treatments like lymphatic massage and LED light therapy can really make a difference.  These are especially helpful after the first 4 weeks following your surgery.  Also, avoiding alcohol and smoking during recovery will be absolutely necessary as these two things will extend your recovery time.

Although there will always be some tough times during any surgical recovery, recovery from an Eyelid Tuck and/or Browlift is easily managed.  Be confident with your choice and embrace your results.  This surgery is amazingly transformative and you can look like a rejuvenated and rested version of your current self.  As there is usually only a week of discomfort, it will be absolutely worth the short period of downtime.  

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