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Eye Lift


Eye lift, or blepharoplasty, is surgery to fix a sagging, drooping, or baggy eyelid. The upper and lower eyelids may be fixed.


Call 911 if:

  • You have chest pain or trouble breathing.
  • You have vision loss.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your eye begins to bleed.
  • You feel sudden, sharp pain in your eye.
  • Your stitches come apart.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your eye is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have a rash around your eye.
  • You have a fever and chills.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


You may need any of the following:

  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Care for your eye:

  • Do not rub your eyes for several weeks until all incisions have completely healed.
  • Use artificial tears 2 times a day if you have dry eye.
  • Apply ice on your eye 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
  • Elevate your head and upper back when you rest, such as in a recliner. Place extra pillows under your head and neck when you sleep in bed. Elevation will help decrease swelling.
  • Limit activity as directed. Do not lift objects over 20 pounds. Lifting heavy objects can put pressure on your eyes and cause damage to the surgery area. Ask when you can return to your usual daily activities.
  • Care for your wound as directed. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Gently pat dry.
  • Do not wear contact lenses or eye makeup until your eye has healed. Wear sunglasses to protect your eye when you are outside.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to have your eyelid checked or your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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