After Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Position

When reclining, elevate your head and back with several pillows for the first 1-2 days after surgery.  Lie on your back, rather than on your sides or stomach.

Breathing 

It is extremely important that you take deep breaths after surgery to prevent from developing pneumonia, which is a common occurrence after surgery if breathing exercises are not followed properly.  A good example is to take 10-20 deep breathes every hour, while you are awake, as well as encouraging yourself to cough.

Ice 

Cool damp wash clothes or ice packs should be applied on or around the treated areas, especially over the eyes and cheeks. This will lessen the amount of swelling, bruising, and pain. If no bandages are present, place a cloth between the skin and the ice pack to protect the skin. Use ice for up to 45 minutes out of each waking hour for the first 24 hours. An easy schedule to follow is 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.

Heat

You may begin heat packs 12 hours after ice packs are stopped. If no bandage is present, a moist towel should be placed between the skin and the heat source. The moist heat will increase the circulation and help the body rid itself of swelling and bruising. Do not heat continuously. Use heat a maximum of 20 minutes per hour. The temperature should be closely monitored, never set an electric heating pad above a medium setting.  Any numbness in treated areas make it possible to burn your skin without knowing.  To prevent serious injury from your electric heating pad be certain it is approved for use with moisture. Heat may be used until the swelling and bruising have resolved.

Diet

  • Day 1:a liquid diet is recommended.
  • Day 2:it is permissible to begin a soft diet of easily chewable food.
  • Day 3: resume your regular diet as tolerated.

Activity

  • During your first post-operative day, stay up as much as possible. You should sit, stand, or walk around rather than remain in bed. However, you should rest when tired.
  • Avoid bending over or lifting more than 5 pounds during the first week.
  • Take extra precaution to protect your head and neck from bumps, hits or injuries.

Hygiene (Hair Care)

You may wash your hair after surgery. A mild baby shampoo is recommended.

Wound Care (Dressings)

On both sides of the eyelid, both upper and lower, there will be a small clear/white tape. It is very important not to remove this small tape as it holds your stitches in their proper place. If at any time this tape falls off or is inadvertently removed, you must contact Dr. Tien, as your sutures may loosen causing the incision to open up and can affect the outcome of your surgery.

Cosmetic Products

You may apply cosmetics to untreated areas following surgery. Avoid any areas with skin sutures, abrasions or laser treatment.  Make-up products may be applied in the treated areas after the skin sutures have been removed (usually on the 5th post-operative day). Cosmetics may delay wound healing and possibly produce a permanent tattoo (dark spot) if it comes in contact with treated areas too soon.

Sports

No swimming, weight lifting (gym), or strenuous activities for two weeks. No diving, biking or skiing for two months. Passive exercise is permitted, like walking.  Any other questions should be directed to your surgeon.

Sun exposure

Protect your facial skin from excessive sun exposure as long as the treated area(s) are still pink.  When the treated area(s) are no longer pink, ordinary exposure is not harmful, but a sunscreen should always be used.