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1. What You Need To Purchase Prior to Eyelid Surgery:

  • Q-Tips and/or 4x4 non-woven sterile gauze
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Polysporin or Bacitracin Ointment
  • Fresh Eyes Lubricating Drops
  • Vitamin C, up to 2000mg daily 2 weeks prior to surgery is Recommended
  • Ice packs / Small Bags of Frozen Peas
  • Prescribed Medication provided by Dr. Solomon prior to surgery
  • Arnica is Recommended the night before surgery and following your Surgery
  • (Optional) Glisodin pre/post preparation – Sold in our clinic, to be taken 4 weeks prior to your Eyelid surgery and 2 weeks post-operatively to Reduce Bruising
  • Confirmed Ride home from your Eyelid Surgery

2. What to AVOID 2 Weeks Prior to your Eyelid Surgery:

  • Smoking (Nicotine / Marijuana)
  • Alcohol (Discontinue for at Least 2 weeks prior to your Eyelid Surgery as it may Increase Bruising and Prolong Swelling)
  • Naturopathic or Herbal Medications/Supplements (Unless Approved by Dr. Philip Solomon)
  • Remove Gel/Acrylic Nails and Nail Polish for surgery with General Anesthetic
  • MUST DISCONTINUE: Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen, as these products may increase bleeding.
  • MUST AVOID: Garlic Extract, Fish Oils and Vitamin E

3. The Day Of Your Upper Eyelid Surgery At Our Clinic:

  • If being performed at The Solomon Nasal and Facial Plastic Surgery Centre in Thornhill, just north of Toronto, you will arrive at the Scheduled Surgery time you have been provided by our Staff
  • You may Eat and Drink as you normally would on the day of your Eyelid Surgery as Upper Eyelid Surgery is typically performed under Local Anaesthetic unless otherwise indicated.
  • You may be given Ativan to help relax you if you feel its required if your surgery is being performed under Local Anesthetic
  • You can go home Immediately Following your Eyelid Surgery and feel free to Eat and Drink as you wish
  • Sleeping Propped up on a few Pillows for the first 3 Days is Recommended to Minimize Swelling
  • You may Experience Pain. You will be provided a prescription for Tylenol #3 as well as an Anti-Bacterial Medication in advance to be take once you get Home as Prescribed
  • Standard Post-Operative Swelling and Bleeding may occur and is normal. Gauze may be used to dab the Surgical Site very Gently

4. The Day Of Surgery Your Lower Eyelid Surgery In Hospital:

  • Arrive at Mackenzie Health Hospital 2 hours prior to your scheduled Surgery
  • Do Not eat or drink past Midnight the Night Before your Surgery
  • You will remain in Recovery for 2 hours following your Lower Eyelid Surgery
  • Ensure you have a Ride home from the Hospital

5. What To Expect After Your Eyelid Surgery:

  • Standard Bruising and Swelling following your Eyelid Surgery may last for 7-10 days. Minimal Swelling may continue for several weeks following your Eyelid Surgery, so Patience is Needed until it Resolves
  • You may experience pain during the recovery process. Take Tylenol or Tylenol #3 for pain as required
  • Bathing is permitted 1 Day following your Eyelid Surgery. Avoid a Direct Stream of Water for One Week
  • Sutures in an Upper Eyelid Surgery are Removed within 7-10 Days
  • Sutures in a Lower Eyelid Surgery are Dissolvable, thus Do Not Need to be Removed

6. What To Avoid Following Your Eyelid Surgery:

  • Avoid Bending over or Lifting Heavy things for One Week. This could Aggravate Swelling, Raise Blood Pressure and cause Hemorrhaging
  • Avoid Smoking, especially throughout the Recovery Period as Smoking may Prolong Healing
  • Avoid Alcohol for at Least Weeks following your Eyelid Surgery as it may Increase Bruising and Prolong Swelling
  • Avoid Naturopathic or Herbal Medications unless Approved by Dr. Solomon
  • Avoid Aspirin, Advil, or Ibuprofen as these Products can Prolong Swelling
  • Avoid Physical Exercise for 4-6 Weeks Following your Blepharoplasty Toronto Surgery unless otherwise stated by Dr. Solomon
  • Avoid Direct Sun Exposure on your Incisions for 1 year following your Eyelid Surgery. Use a Minimum of SPF 45 Daily

7. When To Be Concerned:

  • If you Develop a Large Firm Mass Extending from the Surgical Area
  • If you Develop a Rash, Persistent Fever, Chills or Sweating
  • If you Notice a Foul Odour or Yellow Drainage coming from the Incision Sites
  • If you Experience Severe Facial or Throat Pain that Is Not Controlled with Tylenol
  • If you Experience Persistent Bleeding that Does Not Resolve in 20 Minutes or With Direct Pressure
  • If you Experience Persistent Vomiting and are Unable to Drink Liquids for Greater Than 4 Hour
  • If you Experience Shortness of Breath, Chest Pain, Weakness or Numbness in the Face or Limbs


If You Experience any of the Following Listed Below, PLEASE Contact Dr. Philip Solomon Directly:

Email: [email protected]

Solomon Facial Plastic Clinic: 905-764-7799

If you are unable to reach us, PLEASE visit your nearest Emergency Department

If you have Any Concerns or Questions Prior to Your Eyelid Surgery, we Encourage you to come see Dr. Solomon at his Clinic in Advance to Ensure that you are Fully Prepared for your Surgical Date.

If You Require any Clarification regarding these Instructions, Please Feel Free to call our Office to Arrange an Appointment with our Nurse.