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1 week later: Combined upper eyelid lift and lower eyelid lift

Follow-up checks for aesthetic operations are more than important. We also care for our patients for many years after the wound healing phase.

An operation is a purely surgical matter performed by the plastic surgeon. After an operation, an optimal and controlled healing process should take place, which is just as important.


Is a combined upper eyelid lift and lower eyelid lift possible without problems and what are the side effects? Various patients consider whether to have an upper eyelid lift and lower eyelid lift separately or as a combined cosmetic surgery for the eyes. It is important to Dr. Thomas Scholz to explain the procedure to you as a patient using a case study.

He also provides an overview of the healing process for the first week of a combined upper eyelid lift and lower eyelid lift:


An upper eyelid lift and lower eyelid lift are two popular surgical procedures to improve the appearance of the eye area. Many people are curious about what the healing process looks like in the first few days after a combined blepharoplasty. In this blog post, we take a closer look at what happens during the first week after such surgery, based on the example of a male patient who underwent an upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty.

Day 1

After the operation, the patient wears plasters on their upper eyelids and between their eyebrows to support wound healing and protect the area. Two small plasters are also applied to the lower eyelid. These plasters serve to stabilize the wound areas and reduce the risk of swelling and bruising. In the first few hours after the operation, the patient may feel slight pain or discomfort, but this can be well controlled with the prescribed painkillers.


Day 2 – 3

The first two days after the operation are often characterized by swelling and bruising. This is a normal reaction of the body to the procedure and will gradually subside over the next few days. The patient should make sure to keep their head elevated while sleeping to further reduce swelling. Cooling compresses can also help to reduce swelling. It is important that the patient gets adequate rest during this time and avoids any exertion or strenuous activity.

Day 4 – 5

Over the following days, the swelling will gradually decrease and the bruises will fade. The patient may already notice the first positive changes in the appearance of their eye area. The plasters on the upper eyelids and between the eyebrows remain in place to support wound healing. The patient should take care to clean the treated areas carefully, as recommended by the treating doctor, and refrain from using any make-up or other products that could impair wound healing.

Day 6 – 7

beforehand. The removal of the stitches is usually painless and the patient will be relieved to get rid of them. After the stitches have been removed, the patient can better assess the final results of the operation. Most patients are very satisfied with the result as their eye area now appears more awake and youthful.


The first week after a combined upper eyelid lift and lower eyelid lift is characterized by the necessary rest and care in the healing process. Swelling and bruising are common side effects that subside over time. By taking proper care and following the surgeon’s instructions, patients can achieve a faster recovery and an optimal aesthetic result. It is important to note that each healing process is individual and it is therefore advisable to seek the advice of an experienced specialist to achieve the best results.

Clinic Munich

Plastic surgeon
Dr. Thomas Scholz
Platzl 2
80331 Munich


Medical Experience

Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgeon, University of California, USA

German specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery

Swiss specialist accreditation for plastic and aesthetic surgery

Head of Signature Aesthetics – Southern California Plastic Surgery



Memberships with recognized cosmetic surgery associations