After surgery, you will be able to return home. This outpatient procedure allows you to recover at home, and you will need to take some time off work and away from exercise to allow your body to heal safely. You may experience some bruising, swelling, and redness. It’s also normal to be sensitive to light for several days.
Most often there will be no visible scar after the healing is complete. Incisions in the eyelids are made following natural skin folds and creases. Once healed, the hairline scars will fade, leaving a very inconspicuous incision line that becomes virtually unnoticeable after the healing.
The goal is to create a permanent crease. Generally speaking, the benefits of a blepharoplasty are long lasting, and few people need to have the procedure done a second time. Fat that has been removed will not come back. Of course with aging, the skin gets looser and can hang down. The procedure cannot alter or retard the natural aging process. But the crease generally is permanent.
Your eyes are never patched closed. After surgery, patients usually spend at least one day resting with their head elevated on a pillow and often apply ice packs to reduce swelling. Some patients report a dull headache and tenderness or discomfort. You may also experience bruising and temporary numbness. Later on, you might experience some itching during the healing process.
Dark circles may be treated by lower eyelid surgery if it results from shadowing due to bulging fat or bags. If the dark circles result from pigmentation changes of eyelid skin, skin bleaching creams or light chemical peels may improve this condition.