The recovery timeline and severity of side effects can vary for patients. In general, our Indianapolis and Carmel patients can expect side effects to subside to a point that they feel comfortable returning to work within 10 to 14 days. However, patients should avoid strenuous activity and sun exposure for at least six weeks after surgery.
Common Side Effects after Surgery
The side effects are typically at their worst the first week after surgery. These can include:
- Discomfort can be eased with over-the-counter pain medications.
- Swelling of the eyelids and surrounding areas is a normal reaction after surgery. Keeping your head elevated when resting can reduce this inflammation.
- Bruising around the eyes typically reaches its peak in one week and then begins to fade.
- Itching or tingling can occur, but it is important to avoid touching the eye area because it can increase the risk of infection.
- Temporary, mild blurred vision can occur in the days after surgery, but should clear as swelling goes down
- Tearing and dryness can be relieved with lubricating eye drops.
- Light sensitivity can be avoided by dimming the lights and closing the curtains for a few days after surgery.
- Scarring is hidden in the natural creases of the eyelids. They will fade and blend in with surrounding skin. However, sun exposure can darken the scars and make them more noticeable.
Most of these side effects will fade within a week of your procedure.
Typically, patients can expect to see the full results of the blepharoplasty six weeks after surgery. At this point, the eyelids are firmer and the skin slopes smoothly over the lids. However, it is important to note that residual swelling can remain for up to one year. In addition, it can take one year for incisions to completely fade.