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Blepharoplasty: frequently asked questions

We can find and read many information and news – especially on the web – about blepharoplasty, but they are sometimes conflicting or not that clear.

But when we search for medical health information, it’s essential to find a trustworthy and reliable source.

So, we have asked to Dr. Christophe Buratto some of the questions that patients ask more frequently about blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty: answers to frequently asked questions

What is a blepharoplasty surgery?

Blepharoplasty is a surgery, done in the periorbital area, that aims to reduce the skin laxity due to eyelid tissue relaxation and/or the eyebags due to fat or liquid deposits.

On one side, it meets an aesthetic need, but, on the other side, it can also help to restore the visual function; this happens, for example, when a drooping upper eyelid partially covers the patient’s visual field.

When does the outcome of the blepharoplasty become definitive and visible?

The blepharoplasty post-op recovery is quite fast: after 1 week the stitches are removed. As, after the surgery, the eyes could be swollen, you will enjoy the final outcome after some weeks. In general, the final results of the blepharoplasty can be fully appreciated 1 month after the surgery.

How long does the swelling last?

Blepharoplasty gives a younger look, but a little patience is necessary. During the first week after the surgery, you will have swelling and mild bruises in the eye area: it’s normal and temporary. In this period, sleeping on your back with your head raised by one or two pillows and ice packs can help you to recover faster.

What NOT to do after the surgery?

Soon after the surgery, it’s not recommended to make efforts, bend down, cough (if possible) and lift weights. As already mentioned, you should sleep with your head raised by a couple of pillows. Obviously, you don’t have to touch or – worse – rub the eyes. In case of pain, you can take analgesics. In any case, the post-op documents always include all the necessary instructions about do’s and don’ts and drugs you can use in case of need.

At what age do you recommend a blepharoplasty surgery?

In most cases, the signs that push people to ask for a blepharoplasty are age-related: relaxed tissues, tired look due to the aging of the skin (loss of elasticity and tone). That’s why most patiens are middle-aged people. Nevertheless, blepharoplasty can also be the solution in case of anatomic problems or pathologies in the periorbital area, that could involve also young people.


Clinica del Viso is a medical clinic, specialized exclusively in face surgery and face esthetic medicine– notably, in blepharoplasty – thanks to:

– a specialist plastic surgeon (Dr. Christophe Buratto, 500+ blepharoplasty surgeries experience)

– a surgery room specifically designed for face/blepharoplasty and with the most advanced equipment

– a qualified, consolidated and empathetic surgical and assistance staff.


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