Eyelid Surgery Recovery Process
After surgery, you will remain in the outpatient clinic until Dr. Furze decides that you are well enough to return home. Most patients are able to leave within a few hours. Patients must arrange transport home ahead of time as they will not be able to drive after surgery.
Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort for up to 3 days following blepharoplasty. This can be managed with pain medications and cold compresses. You can expect swelling and bruising to last up to two weeks following surgery. Swelling and bruising will dissipate much quicker (within 5 days) in patients who only had skin removed during their blepharoplasty. Most patients are able to return to work after 5 days and use makeup to conceal any redness or bruising. Within 2 – 3 weeks, you should be able to go makeup free. Exercise and other strenuous activities can be resumed after 3 weeks. The final results of your surgery will be apparent within 1 – 2 months after surgery.
To speed your recovery, we recommend the following:
- Keep your head elevated for the first few days after surgery, especially during the night.
- Use cold compresses at regular intervals for 1 – 3 days following surgery.
- Avoid excessive blinking as this is known to increase swelling.
- Don’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, which can hinder the recovery process.
- Avoid prolonged periods of reading, watching TV, using the computer, and other activities that can dry the eyes.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from irritants, such as the sun and wind, while outside.
- After the incisions have healed, wear sunscreen for the first 6 months so that scars do not become visible.