The following instructions are designed to answer questions that may arise during post operative care and inform you about what you can do and what you should not do during your recovery. If you have had another procedure performed in conjunction with your Blepharoplasty, read the post operative instructions pertaining to that procedure. Also, if you feel there any conflicts call our office and we can clarify them.
You and your caregiver should read this information several times to become thoroughly familiar with it.
Then to attempt to follow these instructions faithfully. Those who do generally have the smoothest post operative course and ultimately better results. Whenever a question arises refer back to this information, chances are you will find the answer. If not, please call us at (501)-623-4485.
After your surgical procedure. When you arrive home we encourage you to relax with your head elevated on several pillows out a 30 to 40 degree angle. Do not put any pressure on your eyelids when you sleep. For the next two weeks you should be sleeping on your back with your head elevated.
Cool compress should be applied gently over the eyes every two to three hours for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. DO NOT PLACE ANYTHING FROZEN DIRECTLY ON THE SKIN.
Place a moist cloth or gauze over each eye and then place a cool compact over it. Do not put ice directly on your eyelids. Leave the cool pack on eyes for 20 to 30 minutes and then remove it for 10 minutes. Repeat this for the first 24 hours after surgery as tolerated application of compress after this time does not usually further reduce swelling or discoloration some discomfort bruising minor bleeding and swelling are normal however if you experienced progressive or one sided pain bleeding bruising swelling or visual changes, please contact the office immediately.
You may have steri-strips on your upper eyelids please keep them dry, they become bloodstains shortly after surgery This often happens and is normal.
You may shower, the day after your surgery. This can be accomplished by avoiding the direct spray of water in your face, baby shampoo is preferred because it is gentle on your eyes.