Healing Time after Upper Blepharoplasty and Ptosis Repair
Although everyone is different and this operation is more involved than a simple eyelid lift, most people should be back to most normal activities within 5 to 10 days. The sutures are usually out by 3-4 days and the swelling starts to go down by this time. Bruising will persist for up to 2 or more weeks, but can be covered by make up as soon as the sutures are out. Your eyes will be dry, however, for about 2 months and require frequent liquid tear application. The final result should be apparent by this time.
Recovery after upper eyelid surgery
The swelling is most prominent for the first 72 hours after the surgery. The bruising usually shows up about the same time but takes longer to resolve. Typically by about 10 days you can hid it easily with makeup. It takes about two weeks to look presentable and not scary. It will probably be about 6 to 8 weeks in order to look like you have nothing done. The incisions will still be slightly red though. The good news is you can easily cover it with makeup. The surgery itself is fairly simple and quick but you need to plan ahead for the recovery period. Make sure you allocate adequate time to "hide".
Stewart Wang, MD FACS, Wang Plastic Surgery
Every person is different
The healing time for everyone is different and it depends on patients post op care such as elevation, icing, and not overdoing physical activity.
Usually bruising and swelling will be down to acceptable levels within 1-2 weeks.