I am so incredibly happy with the results of my procedure; it was so easy! I went to the office, had a local injection to numb my eyelids, and within an hour, walked out with stitches in each eyelid. Sure, I didn't look great the first few days, but after a few days (Days 5*+) I felt comfortable going out in public with my stitches and slightly puffy and red eyelids. I had been given antibiotics to start before surgery and to finish afterwards, as well as a pain killer, of which I only took on the day of the surgery as directed. The rest of the time the pain was not anywhere near enough to warrant taking such a strong painkiller--and I have an extremely low level of pain tolerance. My only complaint is that my eyes felt sore, like a raw sunburn, and the stitches would sometimes aggravate the sensation (Days 2 - stitch removal). It helped me to put antibiotic ointment on the area to keep it moist and lubricated, to use ice packs, and to keep my eyes closed to keep my swollen skin from rubbing between my new eyelid fold.
Once the stitches came out (around Days 7 - 10, can't remember!), my eyes healed quickly, with swelling subsiding almost immediately. Every week my eyes would get softer and more natural looking, with the initially too-high (for my taste; would still look 'normal' on someone who wanted a more defined crease) crease relaxing into it's more permanent shape. It was very interesting, actually, to watch my eyes morph as they healed deeper. I would say the next 5 months they were still slightly shifting as swelling went down and things settled back to their pre-surgery undisturbed state. The result is such a natural look, that no one would ever guess that I had surgery. I am so impressed with the evenness results, especially considering where I began, and am happy to smile for photos and maintain eye contact again.
To recap timeline:
Day 1: Sore and slight swelling
Days 2-5: The worst days in terms of swelling, redness, and soreness
Days 5-7/10 (day of stitch removal): still somewhat swollen, redness and soreness diminish. Soreness goes from feeling like whole lid to just the stitch 'holes'. Not noticeable to strangers (minus stitches). I began to wear mascara and lower eyeliner again at this point. As a note: The photos included look worse at this time because I was too much of a wuss to fully remove the dried blood around the scars.
Day 7/10: Stitches removed. Immediate relief from stitch soreness in the next few hours post-removal. Barely pink skin, red (scab) at the incision line. Essentially, appear to look back to 'normal' minus new eye shape.
2 weeks-5 months post-op: No pain/soreness. Increasingly diminishing swelling, scar getting less and less noticeable (slightly raised red>pink>>normal skin color line). Easily covered with coverup or other makeup.