An eyelid surgery topic that often elicits questions is aftercare. The oculoplastic surgeon team at the Los Angeles area Eyesthetica provides comprehensive aftercare instructions during consultation. We also encourage patients to use our blog and website as a resource. Here are some of the instructions and guidelines that should be followed after eyelid surgery:
Post-Operative Side Effects
Immediately following surgery, you may experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, double vision, and bloody tears or oozing from a wound. These are normal side effects and should subside within a few days. The eyelids may also be puffy and feel numb or sensitive.
Swelling and bruising are normal and you might look like you have black eyes. This swelling and bruising usually increase for two days after surgery before improving. Applying cold compresses or ice packs to the eyes can help reduce swelling. If the bruising or swelling persists or rapidly gets worse and the eyes swell shut, it could indicate a problem, so you should contact our team promptly.
Medication for Pain
Some patients experience mild pain after surgery. Over-the-counter pain relievers in the Tylenol family are preferred for mild to moderate pain. If we prescribe you pain medication, you can take it as directed. In any case, avoid aspirin and ibuprofen drugs, which can increase bleeding.
Rest and Lubricate Your Eyes
Although not unsafe, during the initial recovery, some may consider avoiding activities that can potentially dry your eyes, including watching television, reading, and using a computer. Avoid wearing your contacts for about two weeks until directed otherwise.
You will receive ointment and eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated; use these medications according to the instructions given to you. If your eyes seem exceptionally dry, let our doctors know.
Keep Your Head Elevated
You must keep your head elevated as much as possible for the first few days of recovery, including as you sleep. Use big pillows to prop yourself up, or sleep in a recliner. We will advise you as to when you can begin laying down again, although this is most important for the first two to three days
Limited Physical Activity
During the initial recovery, the strenuous or vigorous activity must be avoided. Our doctors let you know when you can resume work, exercise, socializing, and other normal activities. Most patients take a week or so of work. At the end of a week, most of the swelling and bruising have resolved and makeup can conceal the rest.