Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can treat under eye bags, loose upper eyelid skin, and fine lines and wrinkles around the lids by eliminating excess skin and fat. In order to achieve safe and effective results, the patient should be thoroughly prepared for the eyelid lift surgery.
During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will provide the patient with instructions on preparing for the eyelid lift cosmetic surgery.
Patients who are adequately prepared for the procedure often feel more confident and enjoy higher rates of satisfaction. Such patients are also more resilient and experience a more comfortable and relaxed recovery.
Informing the Patient
The surgeon will inform the patient of the various possible eyelid lift plastic surgery techniques and treatment options available. The patient should freely ask the surgeon questions or express their concerns about the blepharoplasty and the surgeon’s background. The surgeon will strive to answer the patient’s questions accurately and transparently.
The surgeon will review the patient’s health records, eye anatomy, level of skin laxity in the lower and upper eyelids, brows and forehead region, and skin tone and type during the initial consultation.
They will also check for signs of any infections in the eye region. The patient should also honestly reveal to the surgeon if they have any underlying medical conditions.
The patient should disclose to the surgeon if they have undergone any eye surgery previously, including LASIK, or have experienced any significant eye conditions. They should inform the surgeon of all prescription and non-prescription medications that they presently use as well as lifestyle behaviors such as smoking.
Pre- and Post-Operative Care Guidelines
The surgeon or their team will offer the patient detailed preparation guidelines for the blepharoplasty. Working professions should apply for at least one week of leave from the scheduled surgery date while non-working patients should also schedule any social engagements accordingly.
The patient should enlist a responsible person to drive them back after the surgery and arrange for aftercare for a few days if required.
Avoid Smoking and Specific Medications
In case the patient smokes, the surgeon will ask them to quit smoking for a specified period pre and post-surgery. They may also ask the patient to discontinue the use of blood thinners such as aspirin and NSAIDs or specific herbal supplements or vitamin E. Furthermore, they may alter the schedule of prescription drugs in discussion with the physician.
Practical Arrangements before Surgery
The patient should arrange for aftercare for the initial few days of the recovery period after the eyelid surgery, if necessary. They should complete any necessary home or work-related tasks beforehand to enjoy a relaxed and stress-free recovery period.
Some patients may also like to prepare a recovery kit at home. This kit contains important items that the patient needs during the initial recovery period. The recovery kit may contain the following things:
- Prescription medications and antibiotics
- Gauze bandages
- Loose fitting, front-open clothing
- OTC medications
- Extra pillows
Focused cosmetic surgeon Roger Tsai, MD receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for eyelid surgery.
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