Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery
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Scheduled an Eyelid Surgery?

This page contains all of your pre-surgery instructions. Conveniently located in Jacksonville, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers eyelid surgery for men and women residing in Ponte Vedra Beach, Orange Park, Lakeside and nearby areas in North Florida.

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After scheduling your eyelid surgery, all that’s left to do is plan and prepare for the day of your surgery. At Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, we want you to be as informed and as comfortable as possible coming into your surgery. After discussing the details of your procedure during your blepharoplasty consultation, we’ll provide you with detailed guidelines for you to follow when it comes to pre-surgical care. These guidelines and other helpful information is available for reference below.

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Essential Surgical Documents For You To Review

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How Long Will Eyelid Surgery Take?

Eyelid surgery generally takes 1 to 3 hours and is usually an outpatient procedure. Typically, this surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, which leaves the patient asleep and without pain for the duration of the procedure. However, it can also be performed with local anesthesia, which leaves the patient awake during surgery. The exact length of surgery will vary depending on the techniques used. A double eyelid surgery, which is the most common type of blepharoplasty and addresses both upper and lower eyelids in a single procedure, involves incisions in both the upper and lower eyelids. This enables Dr. Garcia to access all of the tissue necessary to rejuvenate all four eyelids. Receiving only upper or lower eyelid surgery will require fewer incisions and a shorter treatment time.

How Long Will Blepharoplasty Recovery Take?

The immediate average recovery period after eyelid surgery is typically 1-2 weeks, but it will depend on the individual. During this immediate recovery period, patients can expect to take time off from work and other activities. You will also experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the eyes. Pain medication will be prescribed to manage any discomfort. The swelling and bruising will typically peak at around 3-5 days and start to subside after 1-2 weeks. We’ll provide specific instructions on how to care for your incision sites and any limitations you’ll need to consider as you progress through the recovery process.

Patients generally begin returning to work about 1-2 weeks after eyelid surgery, but strenuous activities like exercise should be avoided for at least three weeks. Finally, keep in mind that the final results of the blepharoplasty may not be fully visible until several weeks or even months after the surgery, after the swelling and bruising fully subsides.

A Pre-Surgery Message from Dr. Garcia

Before surgery, we like to remind patients that Dr. Garcia has immense experience with blepharoplasty techniques and has safely treated hundreds of patients. After completing your consultation, carefully planning your surgery and following all pre-surgery instructions, there’s nothing left to worry about when it comes to the day of your surgery. You are in good hands with the team at Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery!

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Frequently Asked Eyelid Surgery Questions


  • Is blepharoplasty a painful surgery?

    No, with the anesthetic techniques used at Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, blepharoplasty involves no pain or discomfort during surgery. Whether general or local anesthesia is used to perform your blepharoplasty, you can expect a painless surgery that allows you to relax comfortably throughout the duration of the procedure.

  • What are the risks of eyelid surgery?

    As with any surgical procedure, eyelid surgery carries some risks and complications. Some of the risks include infection, changes in vision, asymmetry and scarring. Some patients may also experience complications related to the healing process. However, these complications occur in less than 1% of blepharoplasty procedures. Furthermore, Dr. Garcia’s focus and expertise on eyelid surgery techniques help to minimize the risks associated with eyelid surgery. As with any major surgery, there will always be risks involved – but under the care of a qualified and experienced surgeon, any significant complications become extremely unlikely.

  • What is the difference between eyelid surgery and blepharoplasty?

    The terms eyelid surgery and blepharoplasty are used interchangeably, they both refer to surgery that is performed to enhance the appearance of the eyelids and improve impairments caused by drooping eyelids. Both eyelid surgery and blepharoplasty often refer to a procedure that addresses both the upper and lower eyelids in a single treatment session. The terms “upper eyelid surgery” and “lower eyelid surgery” are used to specify treatments that only target one area of the eyelids.

  • Do you need someone to stay with you after eyelid surgery?

    Yes! First, you should plan to have someone drive you home from your eyelid surgery appointment. You will not be able to drive for the rest of the day after your surgery. Additionally, we recommend having a friend or family member stay with you for at least the first few days of your recovery. They can help you around the home so that you can rest as needed and avoid straining yourself while the body heals.