No heavy exercise, bending, lifting, baths, swimming, sun exposure, smoking, alcohol or sports for 3 weeks following surgery.
If you engage in contact sports please wear the proper protection.
Elevate head on 2 or more pillows when you sleep to alleviate swelling (Place pillows the long way so your chin is elevated at all times).
Do not bend forward or over.
Good nutrition: Eat non-constipating nutritious food (as tolerated) after surgery. Stick to a diet of soft, bland, nutritious food for the first 24 hours. Prevention of constipation is important.
Fluids: Adequate fluids are important following surgery especially the first few days Avoid carbonated drinks, alcohol, and tea for the first 3 days. Ideally you should consume at least 8 ounces of fluid every 2 hours.
Avoid eating shellfish for 3 months. Although not necessarily bad for you, many people have allergic symptoms after eating shellfish and it is generally best to avoid it.
If present, leave tapes in place until removed in the office.
Use a blow dryer on COOL setting to dry the tapes (if any) after you shower.
Do not go swimming for 4 weeks.
If incisions are inside your mouth, use an oral rinse (1/2 strength hydrogen peroxide mixed with water) after every meal, before bedtime, and at least 4 times daily for 2 weeks.
Apply ice 20 minutes on/20 minutes off for 48-72 hours after surgery to minimize swelling and bruising.
DO NOT apply ice directly on skin.
A bag of frozen peas work well.
Apply ice gently. Do not apply any pressure, this could cause the implant to shift or dislodge.
Driving is restricted for 3 days after surgery and while taking prescription pain medication.
MEDICATIONS AFTER SURGERY (NOT ALL MAY APPLY TO YOU)
Antibiotic (Keflex)-Take 1 pill every 6 hours until the course is completed.
Pain Medication (Norco or Tylenol #3)-Take 1 tab every 4 hours as needed for pain. Blepharoplasty is not a painful surgery, so most patients do well with just regular Tylenol Extra Strength for pain control.
Stool Softener (Miralax)-Constipation is a common problem after surgery because of the pain medicines and decreased activity. Miralax 1 capful in 8 oz of any beverage of your choice should be started the morning after surgery, and repeated every morning until your bowel habits have returned to normal. Miralax is available from your drug store without a prescription.
Healing Supplements (Traumeric)-Take 2 pills once a day until finished. These supplements help decrease bruising and swelling. This is highly recommended for patients undergoing facial procedures.
Antinausea (Zofran)-Dissolve 1 tab under the tongue every 8 hours as needed for nausea.
NORMAL POST-OPERATIVE SYMPTOMS
Expect bruising and swelling. Numbness and itching are also normal during the healing process
Shiny skin or itchiness: Swelling can cause the skin to stretch and appear shiny.
Swollen, tight, and bruised chin or jaw region. A firm feeling of the skin or tingling in the area where an implant has been placed. These are normal experiences as the skin, tissues, and sensory nerves heal.
Scars: It is normal for the incisions to look raised, red, or uneven. It takes 6 months-1 year for the incision to settle and look its best.
CALL THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU EXPERIENCE
A high fever, (over 101º), shaking chills followed by significant sweating, severe nausea and vomiting not controlled by anti-nausea medications, continued dizziness or incoherent behavior, such as hallucinations.
Excessive bleeding or fluid seeping through the incisions.
Progressive or severely misshapen region that is localized to one region of your chin or jaw.