After eyelid surgery, Los Angeles patients are instructed to keep their head elevated for several days. A cool compress can help reduce swelling and bruising. Bruising varies from person to person, and it normally reaches its peak during the first week. While everyone is different, most patients feel comfortable stepping out in public after the first week of recovery, though minor residual puffiness or bruising may still be present. To give you a better idea of what to expect as you recover, you can view the healing process of a Los Angeles eyelid surgery patient whose upper lids were done. Stitches are usually removed two to seven days after surgery. Once they’re removed, the swelling and discoloration around the eyes will gradually subside. Most patients need to avoid contact lenses for about two weeks after the procedure.