The majority of patients return to normal activities within seven to 10 days after upper eye lid surgery, according to MedicineNet. Most of the associated bruising and swell subsides within two weeks.
The swelling and bruising after an upper eye surgery are the worst the day after the procedure is done, notes MedicineNet. The stitches are covered with bandages for the first couple of days and usually are a self-absorbing type or removed about a week after surgery. Light activities such as walking are beneficial to the healing process. Cool compresses can help reduce swelling and bruising in the first 48 hours after the procedure.