Given the minimally invasive nature of upper blepharoplasty, recovery is relatively quick. Immediately after surgery, symptoms such as double vision, burning sensation, light sensitivity, watery eyes and itching gradually subside. Pain after the surgery is rare and needs to be addressed to the doctor if it happens. Patients can usually return home on the same day of the procedure, with the recommendation to avoid driving immediately after the surgery.
Depending on the type of surgery, bruising and swelling may be apparent initially, gradually diminishing over 2-6 weeks. The shape of the eyes would return to its most natural form in 2-3 months. Patients can use sunglasses to protect their eyes and conceal bruising in the first few days after upper eyelid surgery.
Patients will be prescribed a detailed personalized aftercare management plan to optimize the healing process. Patients are strongly advised to cease smoking before and after the operation as it could significantly impact on the surgical outcome. Patients are also advised to stop blood thinning medication and supplements such as fish oil, ginseng and ginkgo 1 week before the operation.