Please read the following instructions carefully and thoroughly in order that you (the patient) and your care-taker are familiar with the post-operative care for blepharoplasty. It is your responsibility to become well informed in the post-operative care instructions. Carefully following these instructions should help you get the best results from your surgery.
- Swelling: The amount of swelling varies from person to person, but swelling will accompany your operation. The swelling may become worse 2-3 days post-surgery, and it will start to subsidize after 4 days.
– Standing up (walking, sitting, etc) and using 2-3 pillows at bedtime will alleviate the swelling.
– Keep icepacks compressed on the eyes the first 3-5 days after surgery. Wrap the icepacks with a clean, new gauze and change frequently.
– Bleeding may occur 1-2 days after your surgery. Wipe the blood off your face with a clean tissue or gauze.
– Report immediately any signs of bleeding that persist after ten minutes of direct pressure, infection, redness, fever, unusual drainage, or pain.
- Dry eyes and ointment: Apply lubricating ointment (Lacri-Lube) over your incision lines 3 times a day using a Q-tip. At night, apply a small amount of the ointment inside the eyes to keep them moist. If you experience dry eyes, use natural tear drops 3-5 times a day as needed.
- Antibiotics: You must finish your antibiotics as instructed.
- Tape and dressing: If you had lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Kim may place a dressing on underneath your eyes. Very carefully remove the dressing 48 hours after the surgery.
- Diet: You may eat your normal diet after your surgery.
- Bath and shower: You may take a shower and shampoo your hair after 24 hours of surgery (48 hours of surgery for lower blepharoplasty patients). When using shampoo and conditioner, it is best to let the water/suds from the head flow naturally down your face. DO NOT rub your eyes and surgery areas.
- Exercise: Avoid strenuous exercise, and avoid lifting heavy objects and bending your head down for at least 1 month.
- In case of emergency: If you experience any chest pains or breathing problems after the surgery, please dial 911. If you have any question or concerns, please call our office at 213)700-4297 or Dr. Kim at 310) 880-8482.