Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Post-Operative Instructions
- Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Follow balanced diet.
- Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
- Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.
- Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
- Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.
- If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
- Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
- Sleep with your head elevated 45 degrees for several days to minimize swelling.
- Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
- Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
- Avoid activities that raise your blood pressure, including bending, lifting and rigorous sports.
- Keep activities to a minimum for 3-5 days; avoid strenuous activities for 2-3 weeks.
- Read or watch television after 2-3 days.
- Return to work in 10-14 days
- Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
- Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
- Keep steri-strips on. If steri-strips come off, you can replace them if provided with additional strips.
- Keep incisions clean with soap and water and inspect daily for signs of infection.
- Use cold saline compresses for the first 24 hours for comfort and to reduce swelling and bruising.
- Generally, your hair can be shampooed anytime after surgery.
- Wait at least 2 weeks before wearing contact lenses.
- You will have sensitivity to sunlight, wind and other irritants for several weeks, so wear sunglasses and a special sunblock made for eyelids.
What To Expect
- Occasionally, the eyes are bandaged for the first night.
- Maximum discomfort should occur in the first few days, improving each day thereafter.
- Expect temporary swelling of the eyelids, tightness of lids, bruising, dryness, burning, and itching of eyes.
- You may have gummy eyes for approximately 1 week.
- Your physician may recommend Natural Tears (OTC eyedrops) or Lacrilube (OTC ophthalmic ointment) as part of your post op treatment.
- For the first few weeks, you may experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and double or blurred vision.
- You may have difficulty closing your eyes when you sleep.
- Bruising and swelling of the eyelids may last 1-2 weeks.
- Healing is a gradual process and your scars may remain slightly pink for 6 months or more.
- Tiny whiteheads may appear after stitches are taken out; can be easily removed by surgeon.
- Facial makeup can cover up bruising after the sutures are removed.
- Sutures will usually be removed in 5-7 days.
When To Call
- If you have increased swelling or bruising.
- If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
- If you have increased redness along the incision.
- If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
- If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
- If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
- If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
- If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
- If you have loss of feeling or motion.
For Medical Questions, Please Call:
- (734) 998-6022, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- After hours and on weekends, call Hospital Paging at (734) 936-6267 and ask for the Plastic Surgeon on call.