Swelling following upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, generally resolves within two weeks following the procedure, according to MedicineNet. Swelling and bruising is typically worse the day after the surgery.
The use of cool compresses on the affected area during the first 48 hours following the procedure can reduce swelling and bruising around the eyes, advises MedicineNet. Patients expedite the healing process by walking or undertaking other light activities. Unless self-absorbing stitches are used, stitches remain at the surgical site for up to a week before removal. Thin bandages placed on the incision sites after surgery are removable after a few days. Most patients resume normal activities within a week to 10 days after the procedure.