BLEPHAROPLASTY POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS:

Overview:
Blepharoplasty is the plastic surgery operation for correcting defects, deformities, and disfigurations of the eyelids; and for aesthetically modifying the eye region of the face

What to Expect:
– The in-office procedure can take about 30 minutes under local anesthesia Following the procedure:
– Keep steri-strips on. If steri-strips come off, you can replace them if
provided with additional strips.
– Keep incisions clean with soap and water and inspect daily for signs of infection, use antibiotic ointment along the surgical site.
– Use cold saline compresses/ ice packs for the first 24 hours
– Sleep with your head elevated 45 degrees for several days to minimize swelling.
– Keep activities to a minimum for 3-5 days; avoid strenuous activities for 2-3 weeks.
– Maximum discomfort should occur in the first few days, improving each day thereafter.
– Expect temporary swelling of the eyelids, tightness of lids, bruising, dryness, burning, and itching of eyes.
– Bruising and swelling of the eyelids may last 1-2 weeks.
– Wait at least 2 weeks before wearing contact lenses.
– It is common to have sensitivity to sunlight, wind and other irritants for several weeks, so wear sunglasses and a special sunblock made for eyelids.
– There may be excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and double or blurred vision
– Healing is a gradual process, scars may remain slightly pink for 6 months or more.
– Facial makeup can cover up bruising after the sutures are removed.
– Sutures will usually be removed in 5-7 days.

Pain:
– Throbbing pain may be present up to one week but should be minimal and controlled with pain medication prescribed by the provider or Tylenol Extra Strength

Follow up:
Schedule a followup appointment for 5-7 days following the procedure