Eyelid Surgery Pre-Post Operative Care

PRE Operative Instructions


You must be fasted prior to your procedure - DO NOT EAT, DRINK (even water) or CHEW anything for at least 6 hours before your procedure. The hospital will ring you the day before your procedure to confirm your admission time.

Notify Dr Lim of any other medication that you are currently taking.

Do not take any medication that contains aspirin, or take anti-inflammatory or herbal medication for two weeks before your procedure. Aspirin thins the blood and this can result in unnecessary blood loss during your procedure.

Do not drink any alcohol for two days before and after your procedure as it can interfere with the sedation you are given on the day.

Arnica tablets, available from the health food store are recommended to be taken before and after surgery. Arnica is available in tablet, spray and papule form please take as directed a day prior to surgery. Vitamin C tablets are recommended for two weeks before and after surgery. Arnica tablets may help to reduce bruising and Vitamin C may help to assist healing. A course in both may result in a shorter recovery.

Please stop smoking for four weeks before and four weeks after the procedure. Smoking decreases the blood flow to the skin and will slow down the healing process.

Please do not wear any nail polish, makeup or jewellery to the hospital.

If you have a gastric band you will need to have a fluid diet the day before your surgery and fast for at least 8hrs on the day of your procedure.

Loose comfortable clothing is recommended so that no pressure is applied to the eye area when you dress after the procedure. It is also recommended to take a comfortable (not firm fitting) pair of sun glasses to the hospital to wear on discharge.

On the day of surgery, please do not apply any cream or lotion to your face.



POST Operative Instructions


Following the procedure you will have fine stitches in your upper and/or lower eyelid.  The ends of these will be taped to your face by skin coloured tapes, please do not remove the tapes. These stitches require no special care except to keep them dry after showering or washing your face.

Some swelling and bruising is normal and no cause for alarm.  It may take up to two weeks for this to disperse.  You may apply cold compresses or ice packs to the area for two days and this may help to reduce the swelling and bruising.

You will be given oral pain relief to take home, please take as prescribed by Dr Lim.

It is very important that the course of antibiotics you are prescribed is taken until all tablets are finished.

You will be given a prescription for Chloromycetin ointment (eye ointment) and this is to be applied at night.

It is best to sleep and rest in an upright position, on two or three pillows until the stitches have been removed.  This helps to reduce the swelling.

Strenuous activity such as jogging and housework should be avoided for the first two weeks.  These types of activities raise the blood pressure and may cause bleeding.

You will not be able to drive for two days after the procedure due to the sedation.  After this, you should be careful when driving as you may experience a tearing sensation, light sensitivity or some blurring or double vision.  These changes also mean that you will not be able to wear contact lenses for two weeks.

You may wash your hair one to two days after your procedure in the shower.  You should avoid bending down, as this may make bruising and swelling in your eyes worse.
You will need to see Dr. Lim 7 days after the procedure for a review and removal of your stitches.

Eye makeup may be worn once the stitches have been removed.

Contact the rooms if any of the following develop;

  • A high temperature above 38 degrees or chills
  • Heavy bleeding from the incisions
  • Severe pain
  • Redness around the incision which is spreading
  • Loss of feeling on any part of the face
  • A change in vision

Both Dr Lim and the nursing staff are available to you in the post operative period and indeed at any time during your recovery. Should you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact the rooms. If you have any concerns after hours please contact the hospital where you had your surgery and they will be able to contact Dr Lim as required.