Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Most patients go home the same day as their blepharoplasty surgery. Your eyelids will feel tight, sore, and swollen, and your eyes may feel dry after the surgery.

You will have one or more follow-up visits to your surgeon in the days after your eyelid surgery. Stitches may be removed at one of these visits, which will make your eyes feel more comfortable.

Your surgeon will give you a list of instructions to follow after your blepharoplasty surgery. You will probably be told to keep your head elevated after surgery, especially while sleeping, and to avoid bending over for a few days. You may also be asked to put cold compresses on your eyes at intervals for several hours after your eyelid surgery. Your surgeon may also prescribe eye drops and tell you how often to put them in. You will be told how to wash your face and eyes so that the incisions are not disturbed. You may also be given eye patches to wear while you are sleeping so that you don't inadvertently bump your eyes.

You will probably need a pain reliever after blepharoplasty surgery. If you experience extreme pain, call your surgeon. Bruising around your eye is usual, and may last 1 to 3 weeks.

Temporary changes to your eyesight such as blurriness and sensitivity to light are normal after blepharoplasty for at least a few weeks. Wear sunglasses when you go out for at least a few weeks after surgery.

Your surgeon will tell you when you can start wearing eye makeup again.

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