Blepharoplasty- After Care Instructions
After surgery it is best for you to keep your head elevated. This can be achieved with stacked pillows or by sitting in an easy chair.
Apply cool compresses (ice and water in a zip lock bag) for at least the first 48 hours to reduce the amount of swelling you may have after surgery. Apply for 20 minutes on, 40 minutes off.
Take the pain medicine only as needed. It is best to take the medication accompanied with a light snack, as the medication may cause nausea if taken on an empty stomach.
A light diet is best on the surgery day after you get home. Begin by taking liquids slowly and progress to soups or jello. You can start a regular diet the next day.
You can expect some bleeding from the stitch lines and swelling of the eyelids. However, you should call the office if you have a continuous bloody drip, significantly more swelling on one side than the other, or any severe eye pain.
Use Refresh Plus drops in both eyes every 1-2 hours.
You may shower the day after surgery, and allow water to run over the eyes. It is recommended that you use a mild soap such as baby shampoo for the first week.
Strenuous activities should be avoided for 3 weeks (keep your heart rate under 100 beats per minute.) After the 2nd week you should gradually increase your activities so you are back to normal by the end of the 3rd week.
Tearing and dry eyes often occurs after eyelid surgery. This will stop as the swelling subsides over the first several days.
Tightness of the eyelids is a normal feeling after surgery. This may make it hard to close the eyelids completely. This will relax with time. There may be a feeling of numbness of the eyelids that will subside with time.
Red discoloration of the whites of the eyes is normal as well. This is painless, will not harm your vision, and will disappear completely. Swelling may also cause the lower lid to pull away from the eye. This will subside as the swelling goes down.
Contacts can be worn when the eyes start feeling normal and the majority of the swelling has subsided. This is approximately two weeks after surgery. Wear glasses until then. It is common to have blurred vision after your procedure as the cornea can swell – it can take several weeks to resolve – be patient, it will go away.
Cosmetics can be worn on the face as early as 5 days after surgery. However, eyelid or eyelash cosmetics should NOT be worn until after the eyelid sutures have been removed.
All incisions will be extremely sensitive to sunlight during the healing phase. Direct sun is to be avoided. When going out, even on cloudy days, use a sunscreen with SPF 20 or greater and that has both UVA and UVB protection for at least 6 months.
If you have nausea, vomiting, rash, shortness of breath, or diarrhea after taking your medications please call the office.
If you develop a fever (oral temperature greater than 101°) and/or have redness or increased pain at the site of your surgical incisions, please call Dr. Camp 507-383-3134.
It is important to be seen by Dr. Camp after your initial post-op checks. He will see you in follow-up appointments at 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months and 1 year post-op. We will arrange these appointments for you.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL DR. CAMP
If you need immediate care or have questions, please call Dr. Camp anytime on his cell. There is no such thing as a minor question. I would rather you call me than wonder and not do the right thing, so please call or email me anytime.