After surgery, an ointment is applied to the eye to oil them, and in some cases, a soft bandage is applied.
You may feel discomfort on the eyelids; however, this can easily be relieved with medication prescribed by your surgeon (if it is severe or causes persistent pain, you should see your surgeon).
You should keep your head elevated for several days after the surgery and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. You will be taught to wash the eyes and told if ophthalmic eye drops should be applied to keep the eyes hydrated.
During the first few weeks you may notice excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and temporary changes in visual acuity, such as blurred or double vision. During the first two weeks your plastic surgeon will oversee its evolution. The stitches are removed between 2 days and a week.
Swelling and bruising gradually diminish and disappear completely, and start to look and feel much better. Most patients who undergo a blepharoplasty begin to read or watch TV in 2 or 3 days. However, you will not be able to wear contact lenses up to 2 weeks, and they may still feel uncomfortable for a while. Usually patients return to work in a week or 10 days; then, makeup can be applied to hide the bruises.
It may be necessary to wear sunglasses for a few weeks and apply sunscreen on the eyelids. You must rest for 3 to 5 days, and avoid strenuous activity 3 weeks.