Post-operative : Blepharoplasty

The night of surgery

 You can expect to have pain and feel like eyelids cannot close completely. Its also normal to see a bit blurry since we have placed ointment in your eyes. For your comfort we recommend:

  1. Keep your head elevated (semi sitting position)
  2. Take extra strength tylenol every 4 hours
  3. Take a medication like gravol 30 minutes before taking your prescribed pain medication to avoid nausea and
  4. Take the pain medication as prescribed around the clock for 48 hours
  5. Apply ice to your eyelids (10 mins on, 10 mins off) until bedtime
  6. Apply the ointment to your eyes before bed and tape your eyelids shut with a gauze and some tape

Please contact us immediately if you experience any of the following

  • You have difficulty seeing
  • You have intense pain in one eye
  • You see significant swelling of one or both eyes
  • You have a fever of > 38.5
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Are experiencing hallucinations or unusual behavior
  • Your pain is not controlled with the pain medication
  • Excessive bleeding

The day after surgery

  • You can expect the pain to decrease after 48 hour
  • It is best to keep your head elevated as much as possible to prevent swelling
  • Continue to apply the ointment twice a day or more often if you feel your eyes are dry
  • You can shower 48 hours after surgery

Follow up and healing

  • You will be swollen for 1-2 weeks
  • You should rest for 1 week
  • You can resume your daily activities after 1 week
  • You cannot exercise or do anything strenuous for 2 weeks
  • You will have a follow up appointment with Dr Gdalevitch in 1 week to remove your stitches
  • You can leave the house after 1 week with make up

The final result will be seen around 1 month. Scars continue to improve over 6 months to a year.