Eye Lid Surgery Bruising, Swelling, and Recovery information for our Sacramento Patients.

Eye Lid Surgery Sacramento


After blepharoplasty, or more commonly known as eyelid surgery, it is common for patients to ask questions that relate to the discomfort associated with the procedure. Most of our patients wonder how long bruising, swelling, and pain will last. Many of our patients are anxious to return to work, run errands, and make plans with family and friends in the weeks following surgery. Others may be eager to get a preview of the results of surgery. No matter what your reasons may be, it is completely expected and normal that you should want to inform yourself about every aspect of the eyelid surgery recovery process. Dr. Shahriar Mabourakh has dedicated this blog posting to providing our Sacramento patients with pertinent information regarding eyelid surgery swelling, bruising, and pain. Following posts will cover further topics such as “How much does eyelid surgery cost in Sacramento?”


Whether you undergo upper or lower blepharoplasty, or other facial plastic surgery procedures such as facelift or browlift, you will experience swelling after surgery. The good news is that most of the visible swelling goes down in seven to fourteen days. Between six to eight weeks after the surgery, patients can expect more than 90 percent of the swelling to disappear.

There are, of course, steps that our Sacramento and Folsom patients can take to minimize swelling after eyelid surgery with Dr. Mabourakh. These recovery tips include:

  • Use an ice compress on the treatment area
  • Keep the head elevated while sleeping
  • Consume a low sodium diet
  • Avoid strenuous activity


Bruising is a noticeable and natural effect of eyelid surgery and can be very discouraging to some patients immediately following the procedure. In regards to blepharoplasty especially, bruising is generally more visible under the eyes. In the first couple of days after surgery, bruising is at is worst and is usually a black, deep purple, or dark blue color. As the bruise begins to heal typically by day three or four, the color turns to green, brown or yellow. The bruising continues to fade over the next few days and dissipates completely seven to 10 days after surgery.

To reduce the severity, occurrence and timeline of post-operative bruising, it is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. Dr. Mabourakh is a board certified plastic surgeon in the Folsom, Stockton, and Roseville areas, and has performed many blepharoplasty procedures in Sacramento. Dr. Mabourakh will utilize techniques that limit trauma to surrounding tissues and skin so bruising is as mild as possible. In addition, Dr. Mabourakh recommends that patients follow the swelling recovery tips, which will also help to reduce bruising.


Swelling and bruising are unpleasant to patients because they prevent them from seeing the results of surgery. Pain, on the other hand, can be debilitating and make for a miserable recovery period. The good news is that Dr. Mabourakh’s patients find that discomfort is minimal after eyelid surgery, so long as they follow his post-operative instructions.

The most important thing to remember is that it is important to limit activity and take pain medication on schedule, especially in the first few days after surgery. Depending on your needs, Dr. Mabourakh may prescribe pain medication or recommend a product that can be purchased over-the-counter. Pain is at its worst the day of surgery, after that, it decreases considerably day by day.

To schedule an eyelid surgery consultation in the Sacramento area, contact the practice of Shahriar Mabourakh M.D., today.

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