Post Care Instructions


  • Post-op appointments are generally 7 days after surgery.
  • Keep the area dry and covered for 24 hours after surgery.
  • You may shower after the first 24 hours post-surgery. Avoid rubbing the incision. Keep the incision open to the air unless you are in a dusty or dirty environment.
  • 24 hours after surgery, apply ophthalmic ointment to the incision.
  • If needed, ice can be used for comfort for no longer than 15 minutes every 2 hours. Do not apply ice directly to skin—place a gauze barrier between the ice pack and your skin.
  • No strenuous activity, and no lifting of anything heavier than 15 pounds, until cleared by your surgeon.
  • Bruising may extend past the eye into the cheek.
  • Swelling is to be expected for 2-3 days after surgery and then should subside.
  • No makeup until after the stitches are removed.
  • The incision is typically hidden but will be red for 6-8 weeks after surgery.
  • No swimming, hot tubs or baths until cleared by your surgeon.

The following are normal findings following an incision or biopsy:

  • Redness, puffiness, or discomfort localized to the site.
  • Drainage – clear, red, or yellowish – up to a week after procedure.

Notify our office if the following symptoms occur:

  • Fever greater than 101.4.
  • Redness that extends beyond surgical site.
  • Thick, foul smelling drainage.