After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area and shortly thereafter be released to go home. Once you are home, you should rest and follow the instructions given by your doctor. Bruising and swelling are common and vary greatly between people. This may last a week or as long as a month.
Cold compresses are extremely important, especially in the first few days after surgery to minimize the bruising and swelling. The regime of the cold compresses will be given by your doctor. An antibiotic ointment will usually be prescribed to apply to the incision.
They are useful for eye comfort as it is not uncommon for the eyes to feel irritated after surgery. If the ointment gets into the eye, artificial tears help to get the ointment out of the eye and clear the vision.
Pain after the surgery is usually mild and people usually do not need prescription pain medications and can use Tylenol.
Healing After Surgery
It is common for your eyes to feel tight, stiff, itchy, sticky and dry. This will improve over time. You need to be careful as the skin around the eyes is thin and the wound could separate. So, even after the stitches have been removed, you need to be careful for the couple of weeks. If non dissolving sutures are use, they will be removed in five to ten days. Makeup can usually be applied to hide the bruising soon after the sutures are removed. You may have some areas of the eyelid that feel tight and numb for awhile after the surgery and will resolve over time. Any unusual signs of swelling, bleeding, discharge, or severe tenderness, call your doctor immediately.
After blepharoplasty, people see a significant improvement in their vision and side vision. They are thrilled with the improved appearance of their eyes. The final result may take up to six to eight weeks or longer in some cases.