Book a ConsultationReception


When Can I Exercise after Eyelid Surgery

Share page:

Exercise after blepharoplasty

Timeline for Resuming Exercise after Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is a procedure that aims to rectify flaws around the eye region, primarily sagging eyelids. This operation can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. For instance, you may choose to undergo this procedure to enhance your appearance or to correct vision issues caused by drooping eyelids. While eyelid surgery is generally safe, it’s essential to understand that it involves a period of recovery.

Chester Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna usually performs this surgery on an outpatient basis. It involves removing excess skin, muscle, and sometimes fat from the upper and lower eyelids. The result is a more youthful and alert appearance. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including infection, bleeding, and changes in vision, although these are rare.

How Is the Recovery Process after Eyelid Surgery?

The recovery process after eyelid surgery varies from person to person. It largely depends on your overall health, age, and adherence to post-operative care instructions. Usually, the first few days are characterised by swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the eyes, manageable with prescribed medication.

It’s important to keep your eyes lubricated and protected during this period. Avoid activities that may strain your eyes, such as reading, watching TV, or using a computer. Also, protect your eyes from dust, wind, and direct sunlight. You’ll notice a gradual improvement in these symptoms within the first week or two.

Although most people can return to their daily routine within two weeks, it’s important to remember that full recovery takes time. Some residual swelling and bruising may persist for several weeks. Scars from the incisions, although hidden in the natural folds of your eyelids, will also take a few months to fade completely.

Rest is an essential aspect of recovery from any major surgery, and blepharoplasty is no exception. Your body needs time to heal, and adequate rest provides the necessary environment for this. After your surgery, it’s recommended that you rest with your head elevated to help reduce swelling.

Sleep is also an essential part of the healing process. During sleep, your body works to repair damaged tissues, making it a crucial component of recovery. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night, and take short naps during the day if necessary.

Rest doesn’t only mean physical rest. Mental rest is just as important. Try to avoid stress and engage in relaxing activities. This can significantly aid your recovery and create a positive healing environment.

Timeline for Resuming Exercise after Eyelid Surgery

Timeline to resume Exercise after blepharoplasty

Resuming exercise after undergoing eyelid surgery is an important aspect of the recovery process that should be approached with caution and patience. The timeline for getting back to physical activities is not uniform for everyone, as individual healing rates and the extent of the surgery play significant roles in determining when it is safe to return to exercise. Here is a detailed guide on how to safely reintegrate exercise into your routine following eyelid surgery:

Week 1

In the first week after eyelid surgery, your primary focus should be on recovery. This period is critical for healing, and physical exertion should be kept to a minimum. Light activities such as short walks within the house or garden can be beneficial for circulation and can help reduce swelling, but it’s vital to avoid any activity that could stress your eyes or elevate your heart rate significantly. Keeping your head elevated, even while sleeping, and applying cold compresses can also aid in reducing swelling and discomfort.

Weeks 2-3

As you move into the second and third weeks, you may start feeling better and more inclined to resume normal activities. However, caution is still necessary. You can begin to incorporate more physical activities into your daily routine but should continue to avoid any that could increase blood pressure or strain the eyes. Activities like brisk walking and light household chores are acceptable, but high-impact exercises, running, weightlifting, or any sports that could potentially lead to injury or impact to the face must be avoided.

This phase is also when you need to be especially attentive to your body’s signals. Any signs of discomfort, increased swelling, or pain should be taken seriously, prompting an immediate halt to the activity and consultation with your surgeon. It’s also advisable to avoid swimming or exposure to potentially contaminated water to prevent infection.

Week 4 and Beyond

By the fourth week, many patients are ready to start easing back into their regular exercise routines. But this does not mean going back to the gym with full force. Gradually reintroducing more strenuous activities is key to preventing complications. Start with lighter weights, lower intensity, and shorter durations, gradually building up as you feel more comfortable and confident in your recovery.

Even at this stage, it is important to have explicit clearance from Anca before engaging in any strenuous exercises or returning to activities that could put your recovery at risk. Anca will assess your healing progress and may provide specific guidelines based on how your recovery is proceeding.

Exercise Guidelines during Blepharoplasty Recovery

Exercise can be beneficial during your blepharoplasty recovery, but it’s important to follow certain guidelines. Make sure to always start slow. Your body is still healing, and pushing yourself too hard can hinder the recovery process.

Also avoid exercises that cause straining, such as lifting heavy weights or high-intensity cardio. These activities can increase blood pressure, leading to bleeding and swelling. Instead, opt for light exercises like walking or gentle yoga.

Listen to your body. If you feel any discomfort or pain during exercise, stop immediately. It’s also a good idea to have someone with you during your workouts, especially in the early stages of recovery.

Safe Exercises to Try After Eyelid Surgery

Walking is one of the safest exercises to try after eyelid surgery. It’s low-impact, and you can easily control the intensity. Start with short, slow walks, and gradually increase the duration and pace as your body allows.

Gentle yoga is another good option. It promotes flexibility and relaxation without straining the eyes. However, avoid poses that involve bending forward or turning upside down, as these can increase blood pressure in the face and eyes.

Light stretching exercises can also be beneficial. They help to maintain flexibility and circulation without putting too much strain on your body. Always remember to breathe deeply and evenly during these exercises.

Precautions to Take While Resuming Exercise

While resuming exercise after eyelid surgery, it’s important to take certain precautions. Wear protective eyewear, such as sunglasses, to shield your eyes from dust and sunlight. This is particularly important if you’re exercising outdoors.

Remember to keep your eyes well-lubricated. This can be done with over-the-counter eye drops or ointments recommended by your plastic surgeon. Dry eyes can cause discomfort and slow down the healing process.

How Exercise Can Impact Your Blepharoplasty Recovery

Exercise can have both positive and negative impacts on your blepharoplasty recovery. On the positive side, light exercise can improve circulation, reduce stress, and enhance your overall health, all of which can aid the recovery process. It can also help to maintain flexibility and muscle tone, which can be beneficial in the later stages of recovery.

On the negative side, strenuous exercise can increase blood pressure, leading to swelling and bleeding. This can delay the healing process and potentially lead to complications. Therefore, it’s essential to follow the recommended guidelines when resuming exercise after eyelid surgery.

It’s important to seek medical advice if you notice any unusual symptoms during exercise post-eyelid surgery. These may include increased swelling or pain, bleeding, changes in vision, or signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, or discharge.

Even if you’re not sure whether a symptom is serious, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Anca can provide guidance and ensure that your recovery is progressing as it should.

FAQs about Exercise after Eyelid Surgery


When can I start exercising after eyelid surgery?

  • After eyelid surgery, it’s essential to allow your body enough time to heal before resuming any form of exercise. Patients are advised to wait at least one week before engaging in light activities such as walking. This initial period is important for minimising swelling and preventing complications. For more strenuous exercises, such as running, weightlifting, or any activity that significantly increases your heart rate or blood pressure, it’s recommended to wait at least three weeks. The exact timeline can vary depending on individual healing processes and the specifics of the surgery performed. It is essential to consult with your surgeon for personalised advice and to receive clearance before reintroducing any vigorous exercise into your routine.

What types of exercises are safe to perform in the first few weeks after surgery?

  • In the first few weeks following eyelid surgery, your exercise regimen should be limited to very light activities. During the first week, focus primarily on rest and recovery, with walking being the most exertion you should attempt. Walking enhances circulation, which can aid in reducing swelling and promoting healing. Avoid any activities that could strain your eyes or increase your heart rate too much. From the second week, you may gradually increase your activity level, incorporating gentle, low-impact exercises such as light stretching, yoga, and more extended walks. Always ensure that any form of exercise does not cause discomfort or strain on your healing incisions.

Are there any specific exercises I should avoid after eyelid surgery?

  • Yes, there are specific exercises and activities you should avoid after eyelid surgery until you have fully recovered and received approval from your surgeon. High-impact exercises, contact sports, swimming, and any activities that pose a risk of injury to the face should be avoided for at least three to four weeks post-surgery. Activities that significantly increase blood pressure, such as heavy lifting, running, or any form of vigorous aerobic exercise, should also be avoided during this period. These activities can lead to increased swelling, bleeding, or even disrupt the healing process, leading to complications.

How will I know it’s safe to resume my regular exercise routine?

  • Knowing when it’s safe to resume your regular exercise routine depends on several factors, including your personal healing process, the complexity of your surgery, and Anca’s recommendations. The most reliable way to determine it’s safe to return to your regular activities is to get clearance from your surgeon. Usually by the fourth week post-surgery, many patients can start easing back into more strenuous exercise routines gradually. It’s important to start slowly and listen to your body. Any sign of discomfort, unusual swelling, or pain should be taken as a cue to reduce your activity level and consult with your surgeon.

What precautions should I take when resuming exercise after eyelid surgery?

When you begin to resume exercise after eyelid surgery, taking certain precautions is essential to ensure a smooth and safe recovery. Here are some recommendations:

  • Start Slowly: Gradually reintroduce exercise into your routine, beginning with low-intensity activities and slowly increasing the intensity and duration as you feel comfortable
  • Listen to Your Body: Pay close attention to how your body responds to resuming exercise. Any pain, discomfort, or excessive swelling is a signal to stop and rest
  • Protect Your Eyes: Wear sunglasses during outdoor activities to protect your eyes from sun and wind exposure, which could irritate your healing incisions
  • Avoid Contact Sports: Until fully healed and cleared by your surgeon, avoid activities that could result in a facial injury
  • Stay Hydrated: Keeping hydrated is important for your overall recovery and well-being, especially when increasing physical activity

Further Reading about Procedures with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna

Medical References about Eyelid Surgery

Back to blog

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Anca performs a wide range of Hand Surgery & Skin Surgery and Aesthetic Breast, Body and Face Surgery,

Anca Breahna - Female Plastic Surgeon in Chester UK

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in the region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care. It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has mainly been undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK and has worked Internationally to further extend her qualifications and training.

The team at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you and will treat you with respect, consideration, and empathy.

Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Get a Medical Referral before your consultation at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

  • A Referral from your Doctor is not essential, however it is recommended to have one

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is usually available on-site
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans
  • Request more information about the procedure – call us or email us

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

  • You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

Send A Message

Send an enquiry

  • Please upload any relevant photos of what you are trying to achieve or your current situation. This may help you get an earlier surgery or consult appointment. Limit 20MB & 3 images. Only include your face if relevant.
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, png, jpeg, gif, Max. file size: 20 MB, Max. files: 3.

    Let's Talk

    Get in touch


    03332 244111


    Chester Wellness Centre,
    Wrexham Road,
    CH4 9DE

    Practice Manager: Claire Bate – Phone 0800 080 6026

    Patient Coordinator: Joedy Williams – Phone 03332 244111

    Get Directions