5 Post-Op Tips After Eyelid Surgery

January 14, 2014

swydvom9Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a great way to erase years from your face, make you look less fatigued or just give your self-confidence a boost. However, it is still a surgery and there will be post-operative care issues to consider after you have the procedure.

Here are five post-op tips that will keep you comfortable and help you recover from your eyelid surgery faster.

1. Have a Helper – After your eyelid surgery, it’s a good idea to have some help for at least a couple of days until you get settled in. You’ll need a spouse or someone else to drive you home after surgery and take care of the basics so you can rest.

2. Elevate Your Head – You’ll hear advice about sleeping on more than one pillow so your head is at a 45-degree angle for several days, but don’t forget about the rest of the time. The idea of elevating your head is to minimize the swelling, so don’t sleep with it elevated then lie down on the couch the rest of the time. Stay upright until your surgeon says it’s ok to lie down.

3. No Aspirin or Anti-Inflammatories – This one is a standard recommendation after any eyelid surgery. Only take the pain medication that is prescribed to you and no over-the-counter pain or inflammation meds unless your surgeon specifically says it is ok.

4. Be Patient – Patience is not a post-op tip you’ll hear very often, but it is particularly useful with this kind of surgery. Depending on the exact type of blepharoplasty you have and how your body reacts, you can expect bruising, your eyes might not close completely and you may have to avoid some of your favourite activities for several days or weeks. Take a deep breath, be patient and it will all work out.

5. Call If Necessary – It’s important to know when you’ve reached a point where you should call your doctor. Some of the signs include:

  • Swelling, bruising and redness that lasts well past the estimated time period.
  • Severe pain that medication won’t help.
  • Yellow or green discharge from your incisions.
  • Side-effects to your pain medication.
  • Loss of feeling or motion.
  • High fever.

These are noticeable signs that something is wrong, but you should call if you have any bad feelings during your recovery period.

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