On the day of surgery I was terrified and really appreciate how nice the RN was and how reassuring she was. The anesthesiologist was also very kind. Dr. PV explained everything and the surgery passed by while I was blissed out and without any stress or fear or problem. After, I was given clear instructions and ice packs and a prescription for pain (they said most people don't need much but I am hyper-sensitive to pain and I was terrified it would hurt).
I had a slight complication when a stitch burst. I think I should have asked to have it restitched, as my recovery on that side was a bit slower than I'd hoped for. I needed to ice and sleep with my head elevated (three cheers for the recliner) and I slept in a chair for a couple of weeks. There was pain for about 3 days and after that I was fine with acetaminophen. I did not bruise until the third day after surgery, and then my eyelids and face looked pretty scary for at least 3 weeks. I'm not sure I understood how awful I would look for the first couple of weeks. I recommend you keep to yourself as much as possible!
I was also not prepared for how long it took the incision to heal enough that I could wear makeup (about 5 weeks) and I did not understand in advance that the incision would be as red and raised as it still is about 6 weeks after surgery. But it is just starting to look good enough I'm not embarrassed to be seen without sunglasses. In fact, I think it looks good and I am very glad I had it done. Sorry I waited so long, in fact. Just want to warn folks that I think the doctors and some of the sites minimize the discomfort some might feel. It's important you know that you might feel pretty awful for a few days, look pretty awful for a few weeks, and it could take a month or two before you really start to feel you made the right decision.
I saw the NP the day after surgery and then again in a week and then at 4 weeks and she was very reassuring and competent. I noticed a slight disparity in size between my eyes and she pointed out this was unchanged from before my bleph. I just hadn't noticed they were different sizes and I also think that I still have a bit of healing to do and the results will get even better in a couple more months. If I had it to do over again I might have done the lower bleph--I don't see myself going through this again and why not do everything while you're under the knife? On the other hand, I'm the type of person who is content to leave well enough alone. I wasn't aiming for perfection. Just better, and I totally got that. I am very pleased.