How long until the anesthesia wears off after surgery?

Eyelid lifts or blepharoplasties can be done either under general or local anesthesia. If it is done under local anesthetic you are awake during the entire procedure. The local pain medicine usually wears off within a couple of hours. You should, however, have someone drive you to the appointment and take you home. If it is done under general anesthesia, you are usually awake an hour after surgery but the anesthetic effects may take a day or two to completely wear off.

When can I go home?

If it is done under local anesthesia, you can go home within 15 minutes. If the eyelid lift is done under general anesthesia, you will be able to go home in one hour. Either way, someone else should drive you home.

How long until I can drive?

When you are not taking any narcotic pain medications (i.e. Darvocet, Tylenol with codeine, Vicodin, or Percocet) you will be able to drive. This may be as early as the next day for some people, and for others it may be a few days.

How long until I can exercise?

It is important not to do any strenuous exercise for two weeks after a blepharoplasty. This is because you can tear a small blood vessel and cause a hematoma or blood collection. I recommend that you not do any heavy lifting (nothing more than a phone book) or do any activity that would increase your blood pressure or raise your pulse during those first two weeks post surgery.

How long until I can return to work?

You will be bruised and swollen for 1-2 weeks. If your work involves personal contact and you do not want anyone to see you bruised, then I suggest you take the entire 2 weeks off. Most people can hide the bruising with make-up within a week.

What kind of timeline can I expect:

  1. Shower – 24 hours
  2. Suture removal – 5-6 days
  3. Swelling – 1-2 weeks
  4. Surgical garment – none
  5. Exercise – None for 2 weeks
  6. Work – 1-2 weeks depending on your job
  7. Follow-up appointments – 5 days, 2, & 4 weeks and then at 2 months and every few months as needed

Where will the scar be located and how visible will it be?

The scars for the eyelid lift are hidden within the natural creases of your eyelid.

What are the risks and complications of eyelid lift or blepharoplasty surgery?

Infection, scarring, numbness, pain, injury to eye, ptosis, ectropion, and the need for further surgery.

The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for an eyelid lift is to contact us and schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodman.