Eyelid Surgery Aftercare

Eyelid Surgery Aftercare

Recovery is a topic that comes up often in the eyelid surgery consultation. Eyelid surgery does not typically require a hospital stay, so patients return home shortly after the procedure. It is common for patients to ask many questions about how to care for themselves at home after surgery. As a reference, Dr. Michael McCracken has put together a short guide for eyelid surgery aftercare. Patients seeking eyelid surgery in Denver should consult with Dr. McCracken.

Common Symptoms after Eyelid Surgery

It’s important to understand what to expect after eyelid surgery. The eye area may look swollen, bruised and feel tender or numb. The skin around the incision area may look red or swollen and the eyes may feel dry. Vision may be slightly blurry and you may have some sensitivity to light. These side effects are only temporary and resolve within about a week or two.

Caring for the Eyes

Dr. McCracken will prescribe special ointment to apply to the eyes to soothe symptoms and prevent any complications.


In addition to taking these medications as prescribed, applying cold compresses is a good way to relieve any discomfort and minimize swelling. Dr. McCracken or a staff member can demonstrate how to use the compresses and how to apply the eye ointment.


You should avoid getting your face and eyes wet until Dr. McCracken tells you it is safe to do so. Showering from the neck down is fine at any point after your surgery. When you resume washing your face and hair, use mild products that won’t irritate the healing area.


Makeup should be avoided for a week after surgery. When Dr. McCracken tells you it is safe to start using it, you might want to use a concealer to cover up any residual swelling or bruising.

Follow-up Appointments

Dr. McCracken schedules follow-up appointments with his eyelid surgery patients to monitor their recovery and keep an eye out for any possible complications. Attend all of these appointments and prepare a list of questions to ask the doctor so you can make the most of your time together.

Signs to Contact the Doctor

Complications from eyelid surgery are rare, but can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact our office immediately:

  • Fever (101 degrees or higher)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Chills
  • Sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Continuous drainage from the incisions
  • Separation of the sutures

Contact Dr. McCracken

If you have a question for the doctor or need to speak to a member of our team, you can reach us by calling (720) 851-6600 or by sending us an email.