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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Post-Operative Guidelines

Instructions

  • Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Follow a balanced diet.
  • Take any antibiotics as instructed. It helps to eat cultured yogurt or over the counter Acidophilus tablets while on antibiotics to minimize intestinal side effects.
  • You may be prescribed steroid tablets to minimize post op swelling. If so, take them as instructed on the packet. Note that steroids can make you feel anxious; this is a common side effect.
  • Dr. Khosh may instruct you to take the herbal supplement Arnica-Montana. This is intended to minimize bruising.
  • Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin.
  • Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
  • Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 2 weeks.
  • If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
  • Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

What To Expect

  • Occasionally, the eyes are bandaged for the first night.v
  • Maximum discomfort should occur in the first few days, improving each day thereafter.
  • Expect temporary swelling of the eyelids, tightness of lids, bruising, dryness, burning, and itching of eyes.
  • You may have gummy eyes for approximately 1 week.
  • For the first few weeks, you may experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and double or blurred vision.
  • You may have difficulty closing your eyes when you sleep.

Activities

  • Start walking as soon as possible, as this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
  • Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
  • Avoid activities that raise your blood pressure, including bending, lifting and rigorous sports.
  • Keep activities to a minimum for 3-5 days; avoid strenuous activities for 2-3 weeks.
  • Read or watch television after 2-3 days.
  • Return to work in 7-14 days.

Incision Care

  • You may shower 24 hours after the end of surgery.
  • Avoid exposing scars to sun for 6 months.
  • Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
  • You may be instructed to apply prescription ointment to the incisions. Follow those instructions.
  • Keep steri-strips on; replace if they come off.
  • Keep incisions clean with soap and water and inspect daily for signs of infection.
  • Use cold compresses first 72 hours for comfort and to reduce swelling and bruising. Frozen peas in a Ziplock bag work very well for this purpose.
  • Keep your head elevated for several days; sleep with your head on 2 pillows at least 1 week.
  • Generally, your hair can be shampooed anytime after surgery.
  • Wait at least 2 weeks before wearing contact lenses.
  • You will have sensitivity to sunlight, wind and other irritants for several weeks, so wear sunglasses and a special sunblock made for eyelids.

Appearance

  • Bruising and swelling of the eyelids may last 1-2 weeks.
  • Healing is a gradual process and your scars may remain slightly pink for 6 months or more.
  • Tiny whiteheads may appear after stitches are taken out; can be easily removed by surgeon.
  • Facial makeup can cover up bruising after the sutures are removed.

Follow-Up Care

  • Sutures will usually be removed in 5-7 days.

When To Call

  • If you have severe pain in the eye, especially if it’s one side pain.
  • If you have increased swelling or bruising.
  • If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
  • If you have increased redness along the incision.
  • If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
  • If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
  • If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
  • If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
  • If you have loss of feeling or motion.
  • If you have any concerns or questions you may reach Dr. Khosh at 212-339-9988.

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say

5.0

Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Nasal & Sinus Surgery

580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
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