It's common to have swelling and bruising in other areas of the face and eyes, even though plastic surgery was not necessarily performed in those areas. This extension of facial bruises & swelling is due to gravity and the natural movement of fluid in the tissues.
Ice to eyes after cosmetic eyelid surgery is most useful during the first 48 hours. I advise cosmetic patients to keep fresh, clean ice pack over surgical wounds while they are awake only for the first 2 days. After the first 2 days, ice does help control swelling but is much less effective. I still recommend using ice for the first week, as tolerated. Each plastic surgeon has a preference based on the procedure and each specific patient.
Keep your head elevated at all times, and avoid bending over. Sleeping on top several pillows or in a chair also helps reduce facial swelling after cosmetic surgery.
I advise patients to strictly avoid lifting, straining, or any strenuous activity (including sex) for at least 2 weeks following facial plastic surgery. This activity restriction helps healing during the recovery period.
Some plastic surgeons also prescribe a steroid pill, such as prednisone, to control post-procedure swelling and help in recovery.
Although, most swelling after eyelid surgery resolves in a couple weeks, it really takes longer for the final swelling to go away.
Speak with your eyelid surgeon regarding swelling.