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Instructions After Blepharoplasty 1:
On the Afernoon and Evening of Surgery  

Sample Instructions for
Care After Blepharoplasty

The following three samples are not intended to replace, supplement, clarify, or contradict your own surgeon's advice. Seek all guidance from your own doctor and follow only his or her instructions and advice.

• You should rest as much as possible, preferably in bed or in a recliner. A bandage over the eyes is not necessary. In the evening, you may take a bath if someone is there to help you.

• Avoid straining, bending over, reaching down, or coughing, all of which may generate a sudden spike in blood pressure and initiate dangerous bleeding. The surgical wound is especially vulnerable during the first six hours after surgery.

• Watching television or using a computer is acceptable.

• To help limit swelling, apply clean cold compresses to the eyelids as much as possible until you go to sleep. Gauze pads or a clean towel may be soaked in a basin of ice cubes and applied directly. Alternatively, a large Ziploc bag may be partially filled with ice cubes or a bag of frozen peas may be placed over a moist gauze or towel. Commercially-available gel-filled vinyl masks may also be used.

• Pain after surgery is usually mild and able to be controlled with Tylenol. Avoid using aspirin or ibuprofen for two days.

• Severe pain should be reported immediately.

• If your stomach is not upset, you may resume your normal diet immediately. If you do feel some nausea, limit your first meal to liquids such as soup or juice.

• It is normal for the eyelids to become red, swollen, and bruised. A small amount of bloody fluid draining from the wound is normal for a even as long as a week. Occasionally, the eye may turn red and swell.

• Brisk bleeding not responsive to sitting up and applying pressure should be reported.

• If you were given an antibiotic ointment, gently apply a small amount to any stitches before going to bed, and then twice a day thereafter. Use a clean fingertip rather than a dry Q-tip, which may leave behind cotton in the stitches. If your eye feels irritated, the ointment may be applied directly to the eye surface.

• If you have no stitches (lower lid surgery done through the back of the eyelid), it is not necessary to use an ointment. (Note: Some doctors may prescribe antibiotic eye drops instead of ointment.)

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