7 Tips to Prepare for Eyelid Surgery

eyelid surgery, Craig M. Foster, MD

While a blepharoplasty isn’t a terribly involved surgery, it’s still surgery and there are a few things you can do on the frontend to make sure everything goes smoothly, both during and after your eyelid correction.

Dr. Craig M. Foster has extensive experience helping his patients on the Upper East Side of Manhattan gain a fresh outlook on life through eyelid surgery, and he treats every patient individually and with care. To that end, we’ve pulled together a few tips to help you better prepare for your blepharoplasty.

1. Do your (health) due diligence

Eyelid surgery may seem comparatively minor to, say, heart bypass surgery, but anytime we use anesthesia and make incisions, we like to do so knowing that your body is up to this small invasion.

When you first come in, we sit down with you to review your past and current medical history to give us a better idea about your overall health. We do this so that we don’t risk any complications because of a pre-existing medical condition.

If we feel that you need a pre-operative health check, we ask that you set up an appointment with your primary physician in order to give you the medical all-clear before we proceed.

2. Medications

If you’re taking any medications or supplements, it’s important that you discuss this with us before your eyelid surgery. For example, if you’re on blood thinners due to a circulation or clotting issue, this is terribly important for us to know before we make any incisions, no matter how small.

While this example may be extreme, we ask that you tell us about all of your medications and supplements, even if you feel they’re inconsequential. To drive this point home further, some herbal supplements can affect your clotting and ability to heal so you need to stop taking those in advance of your blepharoplasty.

3. Quit smoking

Smoking does a number on your ability to heal because of its effect on your cardiovascular system. We ask that you quit smoking a few weeks before your eyelid surgery and remain smoke-free for a few weeks after. (We hope you take this opportunity to quit for good!)

4. Day-of ops

Because we use anesthesia and/or a sedative, you need to have someone accompany you home after we give you the greenlight to go. We understand that it’s unlikely you’ll be driving, but if you’re taking a cab or other means of transportation, we want you to have a companion.

5. A little help at home

You’d do well to arrange for a little help after your procedure. When you get home, you should take it easy for a few days, which means no strenuous activities. So, before your eyelid surgery, call some friends and family and ask that they make themselves available to you for a few days to help with some of the heavy lifting.

6. Your shades

There’s no getting around the fact that your eyes will look a little worse for the wear as they heal. The tissue around your eyes (your lids) is very sensitive, and this type of trauma leads to bruising, redness, and swelling. Most of our patients are presentable about 10-14 days after their surgery, so prepare now by getting yourself a great pair of sunglasses to hide behind.

7. Ask questions

This last point is an important one. Our doors and phones are always open to you if you have any questions before your procedure. We want to make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible going into your eyelid surgery, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our philosophy is that no question is too small or too large, so feel free to give us a shout with any and all questions or concerns. And call today or use our online system to request an appointment.

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