Blepharoplasty/Browlift

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY-HEAD & NECK SURGERY

POST-OPERATIVE CARE FOLLOWING

BLEPHAROPLASTY

Call our office promptly if:
Your temperature is over 100 degrees
There is unusual bleeding or discharger from the incision.
You have any change in vision.
You have increase in pain which is progressive and not easily relieved with medications
If any of the above should occur after regular office hours, the on-call otolaryngologist can be reached via the University’s paging operator at 434-924-0000.
What Can I Expect?
Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort will be expected (often worse the second day after surgery).
Tearing and light sensitivity is expected, but only for a short duration
Some oozing of blood from the wound is typical for the first day after surgery.
How Do I Care For Myself After Surgery?
Usually a non-aspirin, mild pain medication is needed after surgery, since severe discomfort or pain is rare.
Apply cold compresses or ice several times in the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and bruising.
Eye drops or an eye ointment may be prescribed.
Sutures are usually removed within 1 week of surgery. They should be kept clean and dry.
Sunglasses may be worn to reduce light sensitivity.
Apply a warm compress to reduce crusting of eyes, which may appear in the first 2 days after surgery.
DO NOT:
 Wear contact lenses for the first 5 days after surgery
Exercise, lift anything over 15 pounds, or strain during the first 2 weeks after surgery.
Use non-prescription medication for the first 2 weeks – especially medications containing aspirin.
Swim – until approved by your physician.
Remove the dressing.
Scrub, wash, or massage your eyes
 Do not wear make-up until approved by your physician.
If you had a chemical peel or laser surgery:
·        Keep the area moist with A&D ointment or Aquaphor at all times during the first 5-7 days after surgery, or until seen at the office.
·         After 24 hours, the area can be cleansed with a full or half-strength hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to reapply the A&D ointment or Aquaphor. Repeat this process 3 times a day.
·        Do not apply cover makeup until approved by your physician.