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(Note: This sample is intended for general information only. Be sure
to follow only your own doctor's specific instructions and advice.)

On the Day of Surgery
• Rest as much as possible, preferably in bed on two pillows or in a recliner. Avoid straining or bending over. A bandage over the eye is not necessary. Getting up to eat dinner and watching a little television in the evening are acceptable.

• A small amount of blood oozing out of the blepharoplasty incision is not unusual.

• Apply cold compresses as much as possible until you go to sleep.

• An antibiotic ointment (or eyedrop) should be placed on the stitches at bedtime.

• Tylenol is usually adequate for control of any discomfort. If desired, a stronger prescription pain medication may be taken at bedtime.

Starting the Next Morning
• Swelling after blepharoplasty is usually at its worst on the morning after surgery; bruising generally peaks on the second day. Tear and mucus production will be increased for five to ten days.

• Discontinue the cold compresses and begin warm compresses for several minutes three times a day.

• Moderate normal activity may be resumed, although avoid vigorous bending over or straining for at least three days. If you go outside, wear sunglasses.

• Vision after blepharoplasty may seem slightly blurry from the swelling and the ointment. Reading fine print or working at a computer may be difficult, but doing so is not harmful to your eyes or eyelids.

• You may shower and wash your hair but try to avoid getting soap on the incision.

• Continue to apply the antibiotic twice daily for at least four days.

• Application of artificial tears may feel soothing.


• Modest exercise such as walking may be resumed after three days.

• Vigorous activities such as jogging or aerobics should be avoided for at least one week. Avoid swimming for at least two weeks.

• Blepharoplasty sutures are removed four or six days after surgery.

• The light application of a concealer make-up to the cheek area may help to camouflage any bruising.

• Regular eyelid cosmetics may be applied after ten days.

• Contact lens use may be resumed in one week.

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