A blepharoplasty, more commonly known as an eyelid lift, is a procedure involving the removal of excess skin from the eyelids. This surgery is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, although in severe cases the sagging skin can impair vision and so the procedure is carried out for medical reasons. Regular exercise can be resumed after the surgery, but it should be gradually phased back into your routine and coupled with consultation with your doctor.

What to Expect Post-Operation

Blepharoplasty of the upper eyelid

After the blepharoplasty surgery, your eyes with be swollen and bruised, and you will have blurred vision as well as some pain. Holding your head upright and applying ice will help reduce swelling and pain. You will also be provided with pain medication and antibiotics while you heal to prevent infection.

Early Recovery

blepharoplasty recovery

Most patients can return home after a blepharoplasty the same day as the procedure. However, the next few weeks of recovery are important to the healing process, so heavy exercise should be avoided to reduce the risk of elevated blood pressure affecting your recovery. Walking is a good idea during the beginning stages of recovery, as long as you go at a leisurely pace and don’t overdo it. Rather than a brisk, heart-raising walk, it’s better to take a gentle stroll to stimulate circulation and aid in the healing process. Don’t engage in exercise that requires you to bend over or lift heavy weights, and avoid any aggressive contact sports and running for the first three weeks of recovery.

Beginning Exercise Again

After three weeks, the swelling, bruising, and pain should go down enough for you to resume normal exercise, with your doctor’s permission. Take it easy at first, and if your face or eyes start hurting, swelling, or bleeding, stop exercising and consult your doctor. Recovering from blepharoplasty is a long process, and it will continue for many months after surgery.

Other Considerations

Keep in mind that because this procedure is done on your eyelids (as is the case with other eye procedures like ptosis surgery), the surgery will affect your vision for the first several days of recovery. Avoid activities that require protective goggles, like swimming, skiing, or contact sports as the goggles might not fit due to swelling and they can further damage the already sensitive skin around your eyes. It is also not recommended to participate in activities that require you to track objects or that require good aim, as these can be dangerous with impaired vision.