blepharoplasty guide


Insider's Guide to
Blepharoplasty
2015

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Chapter 34 - 1

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


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• Once back at home, you should rest as much as possible, preferably in bed with your head propped up on a few pillows or in a recliner. A bandage over the eyes is not necessary.

• 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.

• In the evening, you may take a bath if someone is there to help you. Do not wash your hair until tomorrow.

• 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.)

• Try to sleep on your back until a day or two after your stitches are removed. If you're a restless sleeper who tends to "fight the pillow" at night, takes precautions to try to prevent this.

• If your cat or dog likes to sleep in your bed at night, consider babysitting it elsewhere for the first few days. Teddy bears are fine.

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