The recovery process after a blepharoplasty may take up to a few weeks. Patients will receive instruction for during the home care and most of the time they receive painkillers that ease the pain caused by the incisions.
The first two days after the operation, the patient receives an ointment treatment to keep the incisions lubricated. Keeping iced eye pads on the eyes are recommended to reduce bruising and swelling. Eye drops may also be prescribed as they may help in pain management and in preventing infections.
Doctors prescribe different medications that help in moderating bruises and swelling resulted after surgery and also to accelerate the patient’s recovery.
The third day after surgery, the patients are advised to keep lukewarm eye pads for comfort and wearing dark glasses for at least one week is also recommended to prevent irritation that may be caused by the wind and sun exposure.
The stitches are usually removed two days after the operation. The patient’s eyelids will be discolored and swollen for about seven to ten days.
During the first few weeks after a blepharoplasty, patients normally experience excessive tearing, light sensitivity and sometimes double or even blurred vision. The whites of the patient’s eyes can turn red or have red splotches. These symptoms usually disappear on their own within two or three weeks after the operation.
Wearing contact lenses is prohibited until the incisions are completely cured. Patients who need them will be advised by their doctor when it is safe to wear them again.
Surgery will leave scars, but they are usually well hidden and normally fade in time.
The anatomy of the eyelids, skin quality, age, and the adjacent tissue are affected by the cosmetic and functional outcomes. Factors which are known to cause complications include:
- dry eyes – which may become exacerbated by disrupting the natural tear film
- laxity (looseness) of the lower lid margin (edge) – which predisposes to lower lid malposition
- prominence of the eye in relation to the malar (cheek) complex – which predisposes to lower lid malposition