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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Top Ten Instructions after Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery can make a remarkable impact on your looks as eyes are a major part of every social discussion. Blepharoplasty also relieves the excess skin from upper eyelid and gets clear bulges on the lower eyes. Eyelid surgery will cause bruising and swelling around eye and its looks bad and socially noticeable for a short time. Here is a list of top ten instructions that blepharoplasty surgeon generally provide to patients after blepharoplasty:
1. Swelling and bruising around the eyes generally most severe on the 2nd day after blepharoplasty. Keep your head in elevated position on 2 to 3 pillows or sleep in a recliner. This will help limit the bruising and swelling.
2. Using cold compresses on the eyes in the first 24 hours after blepharoplasty is helpful in keeping down swelling. Put some ice cubes in a ziplock bag. Keeping cold compresses for first 48 hours make you feel even better.
3. Apply antibiotic ointment on eyelid suture lines twice a day. Keep suture lines lightly lubricated. The antibiotic ointment is ophthalmic and its safe even if it reaches in your eyes.
4. In browlift surgery, the incision is made in scalp or at the hairline. No need to apply antibiotic ointment at hairline. This unnecessarily makes your hair greasy.
5. In browlift surgery, a circumferential head dressing is made to keep pressure on the forehead. This dressing may be removed in the first morning after browlift.
6. Eyelid sutures will be removed after one week of blepharoplasty.
7. You may resume the wearing contact lens one week after blepharoplasty.
8. You may wash hairs on hairline after 48 hours of browlift surgery.
9. Do not use any eye makeup such as eyeliner or eyeshadow for 2 weeks after blepharoplasty. You can use cover-up on bruised areas after eyelid sutures removed.
10. Exercise or any strenuous physical activities should be avoided for at least 3 weeks after blepharoplasty.