Tips for Successful Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Post-Operative Care After Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure with fairly easy recovery. For best results, follow these tips from Dr. Bruce Massaro, Milwaukee’s best oculoplastic surgeon.

  • Keep your head up – Let gravity help you recover: stay upright to reduce swelling. When it’s time for bed, use plenty of pillows to prop yourself and create a barrier to prevent rolling over while you sleep. You should do this for the first 2 nights after surgery.
  • Use a cold compress – Dr. Massaro will provide a compress for use after surgery. You should use this for at least two days to minimize bruises and swelling. Only apply to a closed eye and for no more than 20 minutes at a time.
  • Relax for one to two weeks – Limit all aerobic activity for 7-10 days following surgery. Depending on your job, you will want to take a one week off to “hide out” at home.
  • Do not take blood thinners – Blood thinning medication can complicate the healing process by making it harder for blood to clot at the incision site. Prescription blood thinning regimens may be resumed one week after surgery.
  • Remember to eat and drink – Keep your strength up during recovery by eating healthy and staying hydrated. You must abstain from alcohol and smoking for a few days.
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses when going out – Sunglasses will protect your eyes from exposure to dirt, dust, and airborne irritants. If you have contacts, wear glasses instead for a week.
  • Follow post-surgery care instructions – Dr. Massaro will create instructions for care based on your procedure. This may include eye drops and how to clean the surgery site.
  • Take pain medication (if necessary) – Most blepharoplasty patients can get by with non-aspirin Tylenol for pain relief.
  • Stay with a friend or family member – For the first day after surgery, you will need someone to drive you home from Dr. Massaro’s offices. Someone should stay with you so you can take it easy the rest of the day.
  • Do not wear makeup – Makeup can get into the incision site and cause complications while healing. You should wait at least two weeks before applying eye makeup again.
  • Return for a follow-up appointment in one week – This appointment will include the removal of your sutures and an exam of your surgical site.

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By following these suggestions, you will increase your chances for a fast and comfortable recovery.

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