Opting for cosmetic oculofacial surgery is a deeply personal choice. Its success depends on both the surgeon’s skill and your commitment to the recovery process. It is essential to closely follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your doctor. These instructions are designed to support you throughout your healing journey, help ensure the best possible outcome, and minimize any risks of complications.

Day-by-Day Healing Process

The initial days following your oculofacial surgery are crucial for your overall recovery and the final result. Immediately after the procedure, it’s common to experience swelling, bruising, and some discomfort—these are normal reactions of your body to the surgery.

Day 1-3: Swelling and bruising typically begin and reach their peak by the third or fourth day. It’s essential to rest and keep your head elevated to reduce swelling during the first week. Avoid any strenuous activities that could increase blood flow to the eyes.

Day 4-7: You will notice a gradual decrease in swelling and bruising. Continue to rest and follow the advice on how to begin light activities.

Week 2 onwards: Most of the visible bruising and swelling should subside, and you will start to see the results of your surgery. However, it’s important to continue following your doctor’s instructions and avoid any activity that might stress the surgical sites. Avoid heavy lifting and bending for the first two weeks.

Post-Operative Care Instructions

Effective post-operative care is critical to prevent infection and ensure a smooth healing journey:

Wound Care:

  • Keep the surgical area clean.
  • There are no patches, bandages or dressings. Dr. Handler will instruct to keep incisions dry. Dr. Pearce recommends vaseline to incision lines twice a day for five days.
  • Both surgeons recommend using name-brand eye drops (Systane or Refresh) four times a day in both eyes.
  • Eye ointment should be applied to both eyes once or twice a day for Dr. Pearce’s patients specifically.
  • Dr. Pearce’s patients are provided with eye shields to wear at night, which should be secured with the paper tape.


  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the operated area to avoid transferring bacteria.
  • Avoid pulling on eyelid
  • Resume washing after 24 hours from surgery unless directed otherwise

Medication Management:

  • Take all prescribed medications, including antibiotics and pain relievers, as directed to manage discomfort and prevent infection.


  • No makeup on the eyelids for two weeks, no soft contact lenses for one week, no hard contact lenses for one month, and no swimming for two weeks.

Swelling and Bruise Reduction Techniques

Reducing swelling and bruising not only helps with comfort but also speeds up the cosmetic surgery recovery process. Here are some effective methods:

  • Cold Compresses: Apply cold compresses to the affected area for the first 48 hours post-surgery to reduce swelling.
  • Elevation: Keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, to help reduce swelling.
  • Avoidance of Certain Activities: Refrain from bending over, lifting heavy objects, or performing any vigorous exercise that may increase blood pressure and lead to further swelling.

Pain Management Strategies

Managing pain is crucial for a comfortable post-operative care process. Utilize the following strategies:

  • Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: Medications such as acetaminophen can be used to manage mild pain. However, avoid aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs that may increase bleeding.
  • Prescription Pain Medication: Follow your prescription for pain management. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.

Follow-Up Appointments

Regular follow-up appointments are crucial for tracking your recovery from oculofacial surgery and addressing any issues. During these visits, the PA usually sees the patient for the first post-op visit. Your healing progress and emerging results will be evaluated. It’s an opportunity to voice any discomfort or concerns and ask questions about your recovery.

Long-Term Healing Expectations
Setting realistic expectations for recovery is vital for patient satisfaction:

  • Initial Months: The results of your surgery will gradually emerge as swelling and bruising diminish.
  • Final Results: It can take several months for the final outcome of the surgery to be fully visible. Patience is key during this period.

Get in Touch

Ready to enhance your recovery journey or have questions about your post-operative care? Michigan Oculofacial Specialists is here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us today to reach out to our expert team, who are eager to support you and ensure your recovery is smooth and successful.