Your Care at Home After Blepharoplasty
What to Do
1. Take your medicine as ordered. Do not take any aspirin or products that contain aspirin until your doctor okays it.
2. It is important that you stay quiet and do little talking for the first 24 hours; excess movement may cause bleeding.
3. Use iced gauze pads to help reduce swelling and soreness. When you arrive home, put the gauze pads you were given in a bowl of ice water. Place a cold gauze pad on each eye. Change pads as needed to keep them cold (about every 10 to 20 minutes). Continue this until bedtime.
4. When you sleep, prop your head up on three or more pillows. Keeping your head above your heart will help decrease soreness and swelling.
5. Once in the middle of your first night home, you or someone else should check your incisions. Call your doctor if you notice excess bleeding or swelling or decreased vision in your eyes.
6. For the next 48 hours:
- Do not have any alcoholic drinks, beer and wine included. They do not mix with the anesthesia and may make you sick.
- Do not drive your car or do things that depend on your coordination. The anesthetics may hinder your coordination and judgment.
7. Call your doctor’s office (608) 26________ the morning after surgery to report your condition.
8. Plan to visit your doctor in 2-3 days, and then one week and two weeks after your surgery.
Call Your Doctor If:
- You notice any excess swelling, bleeding, or “itching” (irritation), particularly if it's only in one eye;
- You have severe pain or decreased vision--call your doctor right away.
Please call if you have questions about your surgery.
Your Doctor's office: (608) 26_______, , weekdays.
After hours and weekends, the clinic number will give you the hospital paging operator. Ask for plastic surgery resident on-call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.Toll free Hospital Number: (800) 323-8942
Your doctor is:
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 07/29/2011
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