Vision may be blurred for several days following surgery.
Apply ice packs to eyelids for the first 48 hours. Place saran wrap or Glad Wrap over surgical area before applying ice. Leave ice on for 20 minutes, then remove for 20 minutes and repeat.
After 48 hours warm compresses may be used on any area that is swollen or discolored. Continue using heat until symptoms diminish.
Avoid coughing, lifting, lowering head below the waist (bend at the knees), and physical activity for at least 7 to 10 days following surgery.
Elevate head with two pillows for 7 to 10 days to reduce swelling.
If bleeding occurs, hold gentle pressure on area with dry gauze or a clean dry washcloth until bleeding subsides.
Blot drainage carefully with dry gauze or a clean dry washcloth.
Use antibiotic and pain medication as prescribed.
On lower blephs only, due to the internal incision, it is common to feel some irritation under the eyelid. Use the eye drops as prescribed to help reduce discomfort.
A Blepharoplasty will usually cause little, if any, post-operative pain. Call the office immediately if you experience bulging of the eye, loss of vision, bleeding, or excessive pain in the eyes. Delay may result in loss of vision, which may be permanent.
Sutures are generally removed in 10 to 12 days. After sutures are removed, and with the doctors consent, apply vitamin E with a Q-tip along the incision line and gently massage with fingertips, 2 times daily and continue for 3 months.
Massage area from side to side, not up and down.
Use artificial tears, as needed if your eyes are irritated or burn. Occasionally the eyes may not completely close. Eye drops and Lacrilube ointment should be used to keep the eyes moist until the lid completely closes.
Do not use contact lenses for at least two weeks. Pulling on the eyelids while inserting or removing lenses may interfere with precise incision healing. Glasses may be used at any time.
Do not use mascara, eyeliner, or eye shadow until approved (usually 5-7 days). Minimal make-up applied to any bruising of the lower lid is acceptable at any time, nut do not pull on the lids or incisions.
Any apparent redness of the white part of the eye is only a form of bruising and will subside during the early healing process (1-3 weeks).
It is not abnormal to feel some itching, burning and tightness of the eyelids during the early healing.
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