Local anaesthetic is used during your surgery so your recovery should be relatively painless and you should only need simple analgesia to control any discomfort after the surgery. You will have some blurred vision caused by the use of a lubricant in your eyes which is inserted at the end of your blepharoplasty surgery, and you will continue to use this lubricant and/or eye drops for up to a few weeks after the surgery.
Post-operatively, swelling, discolouration and bruising is to be expected and this generally lasts up to two weeks. Ice packs may also be used to limit the swelling and bruising, and make-up can be used after a week to camouflage these signs. Sun protection is paramount and we suggest wearing sunglasses when outside following your surgery, which also of course also helps cover your bruising.
Temporary swelling after eyelid surgery can affect your vision and your eyes will fatigue more quickly in the early days after your surgery. You should avoid extended television viewing, reading, or straining your eyes for a few days after surgery. Contact lenses may be worn within two weeks once bruising and swelling settle. You may drive and return to work once your vision has returned to normal and you are not taking any strong analgesia.
If you are considering blepharoplasty surgery then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.