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  Patient Instructions Following Blepharoplasty
Please read and familiarize yourself with these instructions both BEFORE and AFTER surgery. By following them carefully, you will assist in obtaining the best possible result from your surgery. If questions arise, do not hesitate to contact our office and discuss your questions with us at any time.
  1. Sleep on your back or side with head elevated.

  2. Blepharoplasty usually causes little if any post-operative pain. If you notice significant sharp or dull pain that persists, notify us immediately.

  3. Cold compresses (ice cold wash cloths) may be used over your eyes for 20-30 minutes, six times per day if you wish. Ordinarily, however, no cold compresses are necessary or of great value beyond the first 12 hours after surgery.

  4. TAKE NO ASPIRIN OR ASPIRIN-CONTAINING PAIN MEDICATIONS. Tylenol, Darvocet N-100 or other pain relievers such as these prescribed are safe if needed.

  5. You may use your eyes for reading or TV viewing as frequently as you wish.

  6. Apply the ointment provided to the incision twice a day. Use sparingly, placing only a small amount on the incision lines.

  7. Do no use contact lenses for at least two weeks. Pulling on the eyelids while inserting or removing lenses may interfere with precise incision healing. Glasses may be used at any time.

  8. Do not use mascara, eyeliner or eye shadow until approved by us (usually 10-14 days). Minimal makeup applied to any bruising of the lower lid is acceptable at any time, but do not pull on the lids or incision.

  9. Any apparent redness of the whites of the eyeball is only a form of bruising, and will subside during the early healing process.

  10. Do not engage in vigorous exercise or sports for at least 3 weeks or until approved by us.

  11. Stitches are removed at different times after surgery depending upon the extent of surgery carried out, type of stitches, and the type and quality of your skin. We will advise you accordingly.

  12. It is not abnormal to feel slight itching and tightness of the eyelids during the early healing period.

We greatly appreciate the confidence you have shown in us by allowing us to assist you in improving your appearance and health, and you may be assured of our very best efforts to achieve the most satisfactory surgical result possible for your particular individual anatomy and condition.

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