Following a blepharoplasty, patients are typically discharged within an hour of the surgery, although the duration may be slightly longer if additional procedures are performed alongside it. The eyes and surrounding areas may experience some swelling and bruising for up to a week after the procedure. Eye drops and gels will be prescribed to keep the eyes moist and comfortable.
Patients should abstain for strenuous physical activity at least one week after the procedure. During this time, patients may experience some eye fatigue while reading or watching television. This is normal. For an upper lid blepharoplasty, stitches are usually removed around 5 to 7 days post-surgery.
However, if an incision is made under the lashes, self-dissolving sutures may be placed, which typically dissolve and fall out within a week. The overall healing process for a blepharoplasty is gradual, with recovery usually taking anywhere between 10 to 14 days.