When to Resume Normal Activities
When can I restart my medications and blood thinners after surgery?
Resume your regular medications (other than blood thinners) after you arrive home from your surgery.
Resume your blood thinner the day after your surgery or as directed by the doctor who prescribes these medications.
How long will I be bruised or swollen after my surgery?
Patient healing is variable, with some individuals healing much quicker than others. Most bruising resolves 1-2 weeks after the surgery. Most swelling resolves 2-3 weeks after the surgery. Swelling may take weeks to months to completely resolve.
How many days do I need to take off work after my surgery?
The amount of time taken off work varies from patient to patient. It also depends on the type of work you do. Most people can return to work after one week. Dr. Vargason can give you a more specific estimate based on your type of work.
When can I shower after my surgery?
You may shower 24 hours after surgery. You can wash your hair. It is best not to direct the shower water directly against your face for one week after surgery.
What type of activity is allowed after surgery?
You may resume light activities 48 hours after surgery. You may bend over but not lift more than 10 pounds for one week after surgery.
When can I wear makeup after my surgery?
After seeing Dr. Vargason for the first post-operative check-up, you may wear makeup if healing well. The appointment will be about one week after your surgery.
When can I return to exercising after my surgery?
If healing well, most patients can return to their regular exercise regimen after being seen for the first post-operative check-up, about one week after your surgery. Dr. Vargason can give you a more specific estimate based on the type of exercise you do.
What is “normal” healing after my surgery?
- It is normal for the eyelids to be sore and swollen. They should not be extremely painful.
- A small amount of oozing from the areas where stitches were placed is normal for the first 24-48 hours after surgery.
- Bruising of the eyelids is normal. Some bruising may be present at the end of your surgery. It is normal for the bruising and swelling to worsen over the first few days and can last ten days or more.
- Often the bruising and swelling can descend into the cheeks or even your chin.
- Infections are uncommon with this type of surgery. If your pain increases over the days following surgery, or if you experience more than a mild discharge, please let us know.