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Blepharoplasty (Post-Operative)

Be aware that smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs or the use of unauthorized medications may lead to complications and jeopardize the results of your surgery.

Diet: please avoid salty foods since it can make any swelling worse.  Resume your previous diet.

Showering: The day after the procedure, to shower, you may remove the dressing.   You can shower and get the wound wet, but no scrubbing.

Activity: To help minimize facial swelling over the next 72 hours rest comfortably with your head elevated above your shoulders.  Please avoid having to strain or lift anything where you have to exert yourself (this may raise your blood pressure and suddenly cause bleeding). Have someone assist you in getting out of bed and going to the restroom during the first day or two. Do not engage in any strenuous activities for the next 4-6 weeks after surgery. To minimize exertion avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects for the first 5-7 days. You may resume light exercise and or your normal activities after your first post-operative visit with your doctor. However avoid any contact to the operative site during the first six weeks after surgery.

If you wear contact lenses, you should wait approximately 5 days after surgery before inserting them. This will allow the eyes to regain its normal function and ability to lubricate themselves.

For two-three weeks after surgery or until instructed by your doctor do not use any make-up on the incision site.

To help minimize swelling and discomfort, while you are awake apply ice packs or cold compresses to the surgical site every 2-4 hours during the first 72 hours after surgery.

Medications: For pain if you are not allergic to it, start with Tylenol 650 mg as needed every four hours.  If you need anything stronger please use the prescription for pain medicine Dr. Chattar Cora has given you. If you do take the prescribed pain medication please do not drive or operate any machinery that may harm anyone. Take the prescribed antibiotics as directed.

If you are given ophthalmic ointment and/or eye drops apply as directed by your doctor. If the ophthalmic ointment gets in your eyes do not be alarmed if your vision becomes blurred, this is a normal occurrence. Continue this care until your post-operative visit with Dr. Chattar-Cora.

All new scars have a tendency to darken when exposed to sunlight or tanning beds.  Using sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 for the next 3-6 months may help prevent the scars from darkening.


Follow-up: with Dr. Chattar Cora within one week. Please call 210-265-1924 for an appointment that is convenient for you. If you have any changes in your vision or severe headaches or nausea or vomiting please call 210-265-1924 immediately.

* Results may vary from person to person


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Elite Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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