Post operative care
Patients should sit or lie down, head up, for the first few hours after surgery. The intermittent application of cold compresses onto the eyelids may reduce the bruising and swelling. Patients should be able to comfortably open their eyes within a few hours of surgery, but should have someone responsible staying with them for the first night after surgery.
Eye ointment should be applied to the wounds twice per day for five days. Patients should expect some bruising and swelling for about one week after surgery. In rare instances this can persist longer.
Patients should expect some watering of their eyes, the local anaesthetic and swelling after surgery interrupts the normal drainage of tears. This usually settles after two or three days. Blepharoplasty surgery produces some bruising around the eyes, for most patients this is reassuringly modest, and settles in about one week.
Patients should expect some mild blurring of their vision, this may be related to the eye ointment or perhaps to swelling associated with the surgery. This usually settles over the first two weeks.
Sutures are removed by myself, or the plastic surgery nurse at about 1 week after surgery.