Recovery From Blepharoplasty
Following an eye lift procedure, topical antibiotic ointment will be applied.
During the first 48 hours, you should apply cold packs each hour you are awake, for about 20 minutes at a time. The ice should reduce the swelling and keep bruising to a minimum. Never sleep while applying a cold pack.
After 48 hours, warm compresses should be applied to promote faster healing. Warm compresses should be applied for 20 minutes 4 times a day until healing is resolved.
Your eye doctor will instruct you about what pain medication to take, if needed. Most people need only non-prescription pain relievers. Narcotics rarely are necessary.
Expect mild discomfort during the immediate recovery period. But if pain is severe or vision changes occur, call your surgeon's office immediately.
While you recover, your eye area will be bruised and red with swollen eyes, particularly during the first few days. The whites of your eyes (sclera) also may become red and bloodshot. It may take a few weeks for healing to be complete, during which time you should not wear eye makeup.
You can resume wearing contact lenses within 10 days. If you wear eyeglasses, you can put them on carefully at any time after surgery.
Often the sutures used for your procedure will dissolve on their own in four to seven days, and you will not need to have them removed. If non-dissolving sutures are used, then your surgeon will remove them about a week after the procedure.
Most people who undergo eyelid surgery report satisfaction and improved self image. Those whose vision was hampered by excess folds of skin often have improvements in the visual field they are able to see.