How to clean sutures/wounds after blepharoplasty?

Do i need to clean wound with water before applying ointment each time? I am second day post op

Doctor Answers 6

Cleaning Incisions

Thank you for your question. Every surgeon has his or her preference. I allow my patients to shampoo and shower the next day, gently wiping their eyelids. Dried secretions can be gently removed with warm water and/or hydrogen peroxide. Plain petroleum jelly is soothing and keeps the skin around the sutures moisturized. Congratulations on having a blepharoplasty.


San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Wound care after upper lid blepharoplasty.

Only your surgeon should dictate wound care. In my practice I asked the patient's keep the area clean was soap and water. I don't really have them apply any particular emollient.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Incision care after eyelid surgery

Every surgeon has his or her protocols for incision care.  I would recommend hydrogen peroxide and water mix twice daily followed by a thin layer of bacitracin ointment.  For the most accurate info consult your plastic surgeon.

Eyelid surgery

Every surgeon is different in their recommendations. Most, however, like myself recommend cleaning first with hydrogen peroxide and then applying ointment. Use a small amount on a q-tip and then lightly dry it before applying the antibiotic ointment. A video on post blepharoplasty cleaning and be found on my web site.

The most important thing is to follow your surgeon's instructions- I would highly recommend contacting them to confirm exactly how you should be caring for your blepharoplasty incisions

Mark Hamilton, MD
Indianapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Postop care after blepharoplasty

You just apply ointment on the sutures.  Can wash your face gently after 2 days.  No scrubbing.  Otherwise leave it alone.

Mehryar (Ray) Taban, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

Blepharoplasty: post operative care

#Blepharoplasty: post operative care
I usually have my patients use dilute peroxide or bottled water,Use a sunscreen with a skin-protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 on your eyelids when outside, and continue to do so for at least 6 months after surgery. You may apply makeup in addition to sunscreen on your eyelids the day after the incisions are closed which is approximately 7 days.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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