Preoperative. Avoid ibuprofen and alcohol, and any other blood thinners
Night of surgery. The patient has marked swelling and is able to open her eyes part-way. She does not have visual complaints and has no need for pain medication
The next day, she reports a slight improvement of swelling, attributable to wearing off of the fluids used to numb the eye.
Postoperative day 2 and 3 are usually the worst in Asian eyelids as the fluid swelling is replaced by the body’s natural inflammatory responses.
The next day is more of the same, but avoidance of strenuous activity and use of the ointment prescribed facilitates quicker recovery. Bruising begins to fade
As swelling resolves the result begins to show, although we are months away from the final outcome. There are still bruises and asymmetries.
Stitches generally come out on postoperative day 6 or 7. The act of stitch removal usually stirs up a small amount of swelling, and can be somewhat uncomfortable, but without stitches there, the healing process speeds up and you can be red carpet ready within 2-3 weeks.
I just had a Blepharoplasty and my ears done and now every time I look in the mirror it makes me want to cry from happiness!
– Lori M.
Written by Dr. Jonathan Zelken
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