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Blepharoplasty – Aftercare Instructions
- Listen to your body. If you are tired, rest. Discomfort during recovery is often a sign of over-exertion.
- Rest and sleep in a reclined position at approximately 45 degrees. Use ice packs for at least the first 3 days, 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off. Do not put the ice directly onto skin because you will have decreased sensitivity.
- Avoid exposing the incision to direct sunlight for at least 6 weeks, apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) to the area of incision if you will be in the sun for exposed periods of time.
- Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
- Do not use aspirin containing products for at least 1 week. You may take Tylenol or pain medication as prescribed.
- Do not apply any cosmetics for the first 5 days. The day after surgery start applying hydrocortisone 1% to the swollen area twice a day for 1 week. Arnica cream will help reduce bruising.
- Do not put any ointments or creams on incision lines unless instructed to do so by your botonics surgeon.
- Do not do any strenuous aerobic activity for 4 weeks after surgery.
What to Expect as You Recover
- Immediately after surgery, some clients feel nauseous or groggy. These feelings are not unusual and normally subside by the next day.
- Post surgical swelling may temporarily cause the look of unevenness, ridges, hard spots and other skin changes.
- Most bruising will fade within a couple of weeks. After the first week, the discolouration can be disguised with a cream-based cosmetic.
- If you are not asked to come back to have your stitches removed, most stitches will dissolve within about 7 days.
- Pink scars will eventually fade to an unnoticeable colour.
- It is normal for your incision lines to itch while healing. Avoid scratching them and apply a hydrocortisone cream.
- Do not put ice or anything hot directly onto the skin because you may have decreased awareness of temperature change.
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