Provided below is a list of what to expect, do, and avoid post- surgery.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Swelling, bruising
- Moderate amount of fluid from the operated area which is a combination of local anesthesia and blood
- Temporary eye irritation
- Increased amounts of discharge from the eyes
WHAT TO DO:
- Apply ointment on the suture with a cotton swab 3 times a day
- Apply prescribed ointment inside the eye, if recommended by surgeon
- Apply lubricant eye drops for temporary dry eye relief
- Apply an ice pack on your eyes. Compressing your eyes with an ice pack should be done as frequently as possible for at least five days until your sutures are removed. Do not over-aggressively apply the ice pack against your eyes. Apply with light to moderate pressure but avoid icing to the point of losing sensation from the ice.
- For out of town travelers, it is recommended you stay near the clinic where you received surgery for your follow-up appointments. The date of the follow-up appointment may vary depending on the procedure you received, and you may not even need one.
- The follow-up appointment for non-incisional eyelid surgery is 3 days after your initial procedure.
- The follow-up appointment is 5 days post-surgery for all other surgeries.
WHAT TO AVOID:
- Avoid showering for at least 24 hours for upper eyelid procedures and 48 hours for lower eyelid procedures.
- When showering, avoid getting the area of the eyelid wet. You will be able to proceed on your regular showering schedule once the doctor removes the tape off your eyelids on the day of your follow-up appointment.
- Avoid driving when you are on any type of medications or have impaired vision.
- Avoid wearing contact lenses for at least one month, and instead wear your eyeglasses.
- Minimize your sun exposure and wear a pair of UV protective sunglasses.
- Avoid any strenuous exercise and activity; light-moderate exercise is encouraged. After a month, you can go back to your regular exercise routine.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, as it will put significant pressure on the area where you received surgery.
- Avoid applying eye makeup for one month. For those who have received epicanthoplasty, you must avoid applying makeup for at least three months. This is imperative, as when makeup is applied, pressure is placed on the incision sites inducing scar formation. Any type of pressure or stretching on or around these areas should be avoided.
- Avoid the intake of salty foods since salt induces the volume of swelling. Opt for a well-balanced, sensible diet.
- Avoid the heavy consumption of alcohol. Only have a moderate amount, as drinking strains your immune system.