Most patients are pleasantly surprised to discover that an eyelid lift has a generally easy recovery. You will be allowed to return home shortly after the procedure. Some bruising and swelling should be expected, but this typically resolves within one to two weeks. Ice or cold compresses can reduce these symptoms. You may experience increased dryness and irritation in your eyes as well as blurred vision for the first few days of recovery. You will be given specific postoperative instructions to help your recovery go smoothly. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outdoors, and use any eye drops or ointments as directed. The sutures are usually removed after five days. Most patients return to work shortly after the sutures are removed, but you may feel up to working from home as early as one or two days after the surgery.
During recovery from blepharoplasty, any pain is typically minimal. A mild pain reliever can be used to ease any discomfort as needed. As the tissues heal, discomfort will subside quickly.
For eyelid surgery, the incisions are hidden in the natural folds around the eyes. This ensures that scarring is minimal and easily blends with the contours of the upper and lower eyelids. As healing progresses, the scars should fade to the point where they are nearly imperceptible.
Bruising and swelling during the initial recovery period will temporarily mask the changes in your appearance after eyelid surgery. As the tissues around the eyes heal over the following days and weeks, the improvements will become noticeable. Your eyelids will look smoother and more youthful, and your appearance will be dramatically refreshed. Blepharoplasty has the potent ability to make it look as though the whole face is rejuvenated because the eye area has been restored. Eyelid surgery results are long lasting.