Patient Comments: Eyelid Surgery - Recovery


Please describe your experience with recovery after eyelid surgery. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: S.H., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

Recovery after eyelid surgery is longer than implied online. After week 1, I went out with heavy makeup. Week 2, lighter makeup, big bags appeared under eyes, and stitches were coming out. Week 3, I had pain and discomfort, undereye bags were improving, lifting eyebrows was sometimes painful, lids were still red and swollen, and looked like crying. Week 6, swelling was near normal above and below eyes, and lids looked more like red eye shadow than crying. Week 10, lids are still red, but makeup is optional. I have very fair skin, redness may 'disappear' into darker skin much sooner.

Comment from: Not sure yet, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 29

This is day 3 after eyelid surgery. Having gall bladder out was actually easier! A lot of bruising way down under my eyes, plus, the lids are very swollen. I look terrible and can’t go anywhere. The injection to numb was painful. First morning after, there was so much swelling I could barely see, but that is better now. But this is not really a cakewalk. I expected it would be easier. Can’t say yet how it will look.

Comment from: Sad eyes , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

My eyelid surgery didn’t go so well. I had both upper and lower blepharoplasty. I had local anesthesia. My surgery was not completed all the way due to the severe pain I felt as the doctor was performing the procedure. We had to reschedule so I could have twilight anesthesia. I have been vomiting and bleeding from my eyes. This doctor is one of the best doctors here. I guess my body just was not reacting well to the medicines/procedures. I have so much swelling. I’m a bit traumatized about the pain.

Comment from: Audrey, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

The recovery was quite fast, I think after 4 days I had the eyelid surgery, the bruising disappeared. In one week I went back to work. The worst were probably the 3 first days, when I had some swelling and bruising. But the fourth day it had already gone down so it looked fine. I'm very happy I had this surgery.

Comment from: SpringValley girl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I am on my day 8 post operation for upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Stitches came off yesterday. My eyes are still puffy and my left eye is smaller. There is still bruising on both upper eyelids. I am confident that the swelling and bruising will go down in time. The asymmetry I hope will be corrected as the swelling goes down.

Comment from: dimples, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I had my eyelid surgery on a Tuesday afternoon. Today is Friday. I am pretty much pleased with my eyelid surgery. I wish I had asked more questions though. Maybe I am expecting too much but I will be patient. I do use icepacks on my eyes occasionally. I probably should use them more.

Comment from: Jay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

This is day 28 of lower blepharoplasty surgery. The eyelid is still very bruised and my left eye is drooping a bit. The surgeon gave me eye tape to sleep in or wear in the house to help the eye muscle set faster. My bags are all gone. I can now cover bruises with makeup and I look years younger. I wasn't going for a younger look. I was tired of looking tired. This is a 3 month recovery process. I knew that going in. Getting up every day waiting for the bruises to be just a little bit better, and it is not is tiring.

Comment from: Devo1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I had upper and lower eyelid surgery done. When I woke up from general anesthesia, my eyelids were on fire and throbbing. The assistant shoved liquid pain medicine into my mouth apparently not thinking I had teeth. I had to sleep bandaged up while elevated. I was able to put cold wet sterile pads on my eyes and that helped a lot, also the eye gel mask out of the freezer was very comforting. I could hardly open my eyes for 3 days. And oh my goodness, I looked like I had been beat up. The left eye took it harder than the right.

Comment from: Annie, 65-74 (Patient) Published: October 21

My upper eyelid surgery cost USD 3800. I'm 48 hours post-surgery with some swelling and bruising, but no pain. I've slept upright as possible and iced every 2 hours, for 20 minutes and took arnica prior to the surgery for a few days. I think I'll be happy with the results. I look better today and can open my eyes a bit more, though the Steri-Strips hinder that. Pleased with the process, so far!

Comment from: DW, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 18

I am 7 days post lower eyelid surgery after having the upper eye lid surgery 4 months ago. I have had no pain in the last 7 days but have had severe swelling and bruising. At day 7 the bruising has gone but under-eyes are still very swollen and feel tight and heavy. I have been very diligent with the icing process which has certainly helped. Tomorrow the stitches will be removed. I feel I am a long way from full recovery and understand it takes time.


The colored part of the eye that helps regulate the amount of light that enters is called the: See Answer
Comment from: JJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I had a very good experience, having a blepharoplasty and lower eyelid surgery done. It’s been 6 months and I had no trouble during recovery. The only effect I’m wondering about is my eyelids are darker than they were before. Almost like dark circles on my eyelids. Otherwise I’m thrilled with the results.

Comment from: Nurse j, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I am 4 days post eyelid surgery. I iced it like crazy and slept with my head elevated. Day one I had much swelling and purple lids. Day 4 I’m looking pretty good, swelling is down, light bruising, and now some lower puffiness though I only did my upper lids. Switching to heat now. It was very painful day 1 but l had no pain after, just a heaviness. I’m using the antibiotic ointment 4 times a day and resting. I’m excited to have eyelids again.

Comment from: Growing more patient, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 27

I think the one thing anyone considering an eyelid surgery should think about is that healing is a month long process... feels like forever! I'm just shy of 3 months and still have some puffiness under my eyes, but I am confident that it is due to the ultra-slow healing process in an area with very little blood flow. I'm sure when I see the side by side pictures at the end of April I will be shocked. Don't panic!

Comment from: Sorry patient, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

My eyelid surgery is a disaster. My right eyelid was the problem, my left eyelid was fine. My doctor lifted both lids, and my right lid is terrible! Whopped lid, puffy, still droopy outer right lid, obstructed sight, looks lopsided, lid is thicker, almost worse than when started; left lid perfect as it was anyway! I don’t know what went wrong. It was only right lid anyway, most people have both eyes lids droop. I wonder if there could have been something else wrong with my right lid.

Comment from: Chula, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I am in my fourth day after the eyelid surgery. I took acetaminophen for mild pain for the first day after surgery. My doctor had his two residents mark my eyes, and they proceeded to cut the extra skin; he was there the whole time. He would explain how to cut and suture them. They had me open my eyes to check the lids. It took about an hour for the procedure. All in all I am glad it had my eye lids done. I did not realize how much my lids covered my eye sight.

Comment from: Worried, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I am 3 weeks post upper and lower eyelid surgery. Right after surgery one eye was very open looking but the other eye was not. The doctor said the wider one would drop down. So far it has not. I am very concerned that my eyes look different. Permanent stitch is located differently in each eye and I think contributing to a bulge like appearance in the less opened eye. I still have swelling in lower eyelids and soreness around stitches and a burning sensation at times around eyes. I am unhappy.

Comment from: KittenKadoolde, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I am 28 days post upper and lower blepharoplasty. I was reluctant to do the upper bit of the eyelid surgery, but my surgeon said my hooded eyes were what aged me. So I elected to do both. I still have dark circles under my eyes and one eye lid is several mm taller than the other. I look wonky!

Comment from: Martijo66, 45-54 (Patient) Published: May 22

I am three months post upper eyelid surgery, and I am incredibly happy with how it went. For a while during my recovery, my eyes seemed uneven, but now they’re beautiful and I couldn’t be happier. Looking at my comparison photos, I am so pleased. If you’re thinking about doing it, don’t hesitate. The difference will be amazing.

Comment from: sharleegee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

I am post eyelid surgery 5 days now. I had light sedation and so far I have only swelling which I keep under control by using ice packs every hour for five to 10 minutes. I used only 1 pain pill. I see the surgeon this Thursday for one week check. I can see a difference in vision already!

Comment from: Gowron, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 06

I had surgery on both eye lids by a plastic surgeon (MD) and the process was easy; light sedation. I had bruising for about 5 days but it cleared up good when applying warm compress. Only issue remaining is it changed the pressure on the eye and thus my vision changed. Left eye is like a telescope and right eye is like a microscope. I discussed with the surgeon and my own eye doctor and they said it sometimes happens. Surgery was 2 years ago and issues remain. No pain just distorted vision.


Recognize These Common Eye Problems See Slideshow
Comment from: gigi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had my lower lid eye surgery 5 days ago. It was not painful at all, I chose local anesthesia and a mild sedative so I was awake talking to my surgeon all the time. I have not had a problem so far or taken any pain medicines. It is looking better and better as the days go by. My stitches will be removed in a couple of days. I can already see the change.

Comment from: Jamie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had eyelid surgery 2 days ago. Piece of cake. My eye is wide open now, a little swollen, and tiny bit of pain. I am very happy with mine. My eye doctor did a wonderful job!

Comment from: arlo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

I wish I could go back in time and choose a different doctor, and one who uses a knife instead of a laser! Recovery time after my eyelid surgery was very long! At 6 weeks I still had insane eyelid puffiness. The laser cuts outside the eyes don't look right. I am having to use a Dermastamp to hopefully get rid of those scars. I also know now that the laser wastes 0.5 mm of fat at the edges making the crease unnatural looking. Unfortunately my doctor put the crease too high so after the prolonged healing process it doesn't look right.

Comment from: snoopyflygirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

On day 2 of recovery after eyelid surgery, I look like a football player with black bruising under eyes. Right eye is worse than left for some reason. Eyes are watering a lot. Feels like I have sand in my eyes. I woke up every 2 hour last night to put ice mask on eyes. I am eating lots of pineapple, fresh, to help with bruising. Eyelids are very red and have dried blood. I only took 4 Tylenol yesterday for pain, pain not too bad really. All in all can't wait to see myself in 2 weeks.

Comment from: Sophie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I had both eyelids done. Neither one was horrible, just tired looking. The left one looked perfect on day 2 with no bleeding or swelling but the right one had swelling and was weeping into a small purple bruise on my cheek. Icing very frequently probably made the right one really better after 4 days but the bruise is still there. Eye shields are good to have at night to prevent accidental rubbing of those stitches! I experienced almost no pain during nor after the procedure. IV helped during the surgery to alleviate all anxiety.

Comment from: Barbie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I had eyelid surgery 6 weeks ago. One eye looks great. The other one is drooping badly; left one had the problem drooping and it was a success. The right lid didn"t need anything, but surgeon did surgery on it anyway. It looks worse now than before surgery. I have an appointment tomorrow with the surgeon and I have pictures too they I have taken. I had no pain since Friday, but had terrible bruising and swelling. My right is twitching, jumping, and has given me problems since surgery.

Comment from: Modeling, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I am on the 6th day post operation and due to have stitches removed. That should feel better as they are now feeling tight. My eyes still very swollen but I have not had to use pain relief since the day of the operation. I think that given another week the swelling and bruising should be gone, I am just using sun glasses when out and about and larger reading glasses at work. The secret is keeping them clean and using ointment and ice packs wrapped in clean flannels.

Comment from: Scarlet, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I had both eyelids surgery done 10 months ago and my right one which was the worst, is still droopy. It is right on top of my eyelashes still.

Comment from: hangin_fire, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I had my upper eye lids done. The surgery went well and except for almost invisible suture line now I look normal! I used Homeopathic arnica tablets for the bruising within 5 hours and it looked like I only had red eyeliner on instead of the blood red eyelids before taking the arnica. I also used it when I had my varicose veins done!

Comment from: Poppy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had an upper eyelid lift. I was told by the doctor that no problems would result that couldn't be fixed. I wasn't prepared for round eyes, I can no longer put my eyeliner on as my eye does not follow the crease of my eye, if I put eyeliner on it goes in a circle. I went back to my doctor and he informed me everything was normal. I eventually went to another specialist who said he could put a stitch in it to make the eye, look more like an eye. There was a lot of itchiness, but that has now settled but I continually have dry eyes which I never had before. I have not decided to go ahead with the stitch yet. My advice is do plenty of research and get drawings before you attempt anything. I didn't. I only thought the doctor was going to lift my lid so I could see better and that my eye shape would stay the same. It didn't. And he cannot fix it.

Comment from: atm, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 31

I am in my fourth day of recovery. My eyelids are still very puffy and swollen. They appear to be holding blood and are quite red. I am using salve and drops and suffering a little from pain.