Postoperative Care After Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) - Procedure Details

  1. To minimize swelling, it is advised to keep your head elevated above the chest while sleeping at least for awhile after surgery. A continuous cold compress using ice pack filled with refrigerant gel or cool water helps to reduce eyelid swelling after surgery.
  2. Refrain from activities that need to use the eyes e.g. watching TV and reading books. Doing such activities requires frequent blinking and eyelid movement, leading to wound inflammation and delayed healing.
  3. Cotton swabs with normal saline solution (NSS) must be used to gently clean the wound around the eyelid at least 2-3 times a day or as needed.
  4. After surgery 5-7 days, appointment will be made for follow-up and suture removal. After suture removal, eyelid swelling might last for 2-4 weeks. Approximately a month after surgery, surgical incision becomes more natural and less visible.
  5. A week after surgery, spicy food should be avoided since it triggers sweating and increases blood pressure, leading to bleeding in the surgical site.
  6. It is highly recommended to refrain from drinking and smoking since they can substantially impair healing process. Strenuous activities or exercise must be avoided. However, make-up is allowed.
  7. If any abnormal sign arises e.g. red eye, irritated eye or surgical incision abnormality, immediate medication assistance must be sought.
  8. All medications must be taken or applied as prescribed. If side effects e.g. skin rash, itching, nausea, vomiting and chest tightness develop, medications must be immediately discontinued and urgent medical advice is needed.
  9. Wearing contact lens is not allowed at least a week after surgery or until eyelid swelling disappears. Pulling the eyelid to wear the lens is strictly prohibited since it causes physical injury to the incision, causing skin cracking and inflammation. After surgery 2 weeks, contact lens can be considered and worn again.
  10. At least 2 months after surgery, it is highly recommended to avoid any situation where a potential for eye trauma exists e.g. eye rubbing.
  11. In case of pain, painkiller medicines can be taken as advised

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