Post Operative Instruction for Eyelid Surgery

The following instructions apply to patients who have undergone eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Since no two patients are ever exactly alike in their surgical needs or rates of  healing, we may elect to individualize the following guidelines for each patient.  In such instances, we will instruct  you as to the changes we make.  Otherwise, we urge you to follow the provided postoperative advice very carefully in order to accelerate your healing time and maximize  your surgical outcome.

  • For the first three (3) to four (4) weeks never rub, touch or wash you eyes, except to apply ointment or to clean with hydrogen peroxide using a Q-Tip.
  • No dressing will be applied to your eyes following the surgery.  It is important, however, to keep cold moist compresses on your eyes for 48 hours.  When you arrive home, keep a small basin with ice cubes and water beside you as you rest, keeping your eye compresses damp and cold with the ice water.
  • Glasses may be worn.  Contact lenses may NOT be worn for two weeks following your surgery.
  • Do not use makeup/cosmetics around your eyes for the first three (3) to four (4) weeks after your surgery.
  • You should continue to take prescribed medications and antibiotics as directed.
  • Sleep with your head elevated on at least two pillows for one week following your surgery.  Using a sleep mask provided by your doctor for a full two weeks.
  • Avoid bending over sharply, performing any strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects for at least one week following the surgery.
  • Clean your incision lines daily with a Q-Tip saturated in 3% hydrogen peroxide, then apply Tobradex ointment gently to the incisions lines twice a day. Continue cleaning your incision lines and applying the ointment for the first two (2) weeks following the surgery.
  • On Day 2 you may wash your face, avoiding the eyes.
  • On Day 5 you may wash your hair avoiding the eyes, some water over the wounds is ok.
  • For the first six (6) months following your surgery, It is important to stay out of direct sunlight, as your eyes and the skin around them will be sensitive.  If you must go outdoors, it’s advisable to wear UV blocking sunglasses.