How Long After Blepharoplasty Can I Wear Makeup?

The eyes are one of our most prominent features. They are a valuable sensory tool and a way to communicate with others. As we age, our eyelids may sag or become droopy. This change can interfere with our vision and our confidence.

Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure to eliminate excess skin and tissue. Removing this tissue will also create a smoother, wrinkleless area around the eyes. Your surgeon can perform this procedure on the upper or lower eyelid–or a combination of both. The extent of the surgery will depend on your concerns and what the surgeon thinks is the best long-term approach for you.

How Long Is The Recovery Period?

The time necessary to recover from blepharoplasty varies depending on several factors. If your surgery goes smoothly and is uncomplicated, you should see your eyelids fully recovered in three to four weeks. After this time, you should be able to return to all your daily activities, including exercise.

What To Avoid Post-Blepharoplasty

After undergoing blepharoplasty, you should avoid strenuous physical activity or exercise for the first several weeks. Blood pressure and blood flow increase during exercise, meaning excessive bruising or bleeding could occur after eyelid surgery. Light activity like walking shouldn’t have this impact and will benefit healing. You should avoid bending over or lifting heavy items for the first two to four weeks.

Another concern after surgery is putting too much pressure on the eye and the surrounding area. When washing your face, refrain from putting water on the surgical area; instead, carefully cleanse the skin around it. Use a delicate touch to apply medications or creams your surgeon has prescribed. Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes as much as possible during your recovery.

When Can I Wear Makeup After Blepharoplasty?

Due to the risk of infection, you should not apply anything to your eyes during recovery unless it is a prescription cream or medicine. Following your surgeon’s instructions will help make your recovery smooth and successful.

Once your incisions have healed enough–typically after two to three weeks–you can begin to wear makeup. At this point, the risk of infection is lower, and you are less likely to have complications if slight pressure is applied. Stick to gentle products in the beginning to avoid irritation. Your eyes should have healed enough for makeup; however, if irritation does occur, remove the makeup and contact your surgeon to see if additional steps are necessary.


Blepharoplasty can improve the appearance of the eyes by removing excess skin and tissue from the area. You can expect the recovery period to be between two to four weeks. Avoid getting your eyelids wet and putting pressure on them for two to three weeks. After this time, you can begin applying gentle makeup products near your eyes.

Dr. Sumeet Jindal is a highly skilled and experienced oculoplastic surgeon. If you are ready to see the significant improvement blepharoplasty can produce, schedule a consultation at the Jindal Institute for Youthful Aging by calling us at (919) 929-6006 or messaging us through our website.

Dr. Sumeet Jindal
Dr. Sumeet Jindal
Dr. Jindal is a board certified surgeon who offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services in Raleigh, North Carolina.