Post Blepharoplasty Care

What can I expect after surgery?

Your vision may be blurry as Dr. Bourget will probably lubricate your eyes with ointment. You may feel tightness around your eyes. Ice compresses will make you feel more comfortable and will reduce swelling and bruising. You will be given prescriptions for pain. Bruising varies from one patient to the next: it usually reaches it’s peak 2 to 3 days after surgery and can last anywhere from two weeks to a month. You should wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from wind and sun. Sleeping on your back with your head elevated will reduce swelling. Dr. Bourget will see you at his office the following day, and regular follow-up appointments will be necessary. Sutures will be removed approximately one week after surgery.


As you recover, you can expect to have some bruising and swelling, but you’ll probably see quick improvement. The more closely you follow instructions given by Dr. Bourget and his surgical team, the greater the chance you’ll look better soon. There’s less chance of complications, too. With good healing, you’ll soon feel comfortable back at your regular activities.

Dr. Bourget will advise you about returning to work and other activities. Avoid contact sports for one to two weeks and activities that can increase your pulse or blood pressure for a few days. This will decrease your risk of bleeding and swelling.

On the mend

Here are some tips to help you heal faster and look better sooner:

  • Sleep on your back and elevate your head to minimize swelling.
  • Use ice compresses during waking hours for two days to reduce bruising and swelling.
  • Use an ointment prescribed by your doctor if your eyes are dry.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from wind and sun.
  • Ask your doctor when you can resume wearing contact lenses and eye make-up.