Preparing for Blepharoplasty

Preparing for Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery can help tighten sagging lids, remove deep creases, and get rid of puffy fat deposits or bags under the eyes. However, you’ll need to do some preparatory work before your surgical date to make sure your recovery runs smoothly.

At Laughlin Plastic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Laughlin and his team offer eyelid surgery, and want you to have this helpful advice on preparing for your blepharoplasty.  

Before your eyelid surgery

Before you schedule a day to have your blepharoplasty, Dr. Laughlin will have a comprehensive consultation with you to make sure you understand what you need to do before your surgery and what to expect during and after your blepharoplasty.

If there is any reason for concern about your body’s ability to withstand surgery, you may be asked to get a preoperative workup. Usually, your blood will be tested, as well as your heart, to determine if you are strong and healthy enough for an operation. During your pre-op appointment, we'll discuss what type of anesthesia will be used. 

Planning ahead

Decide what to wear and lay it out the night before. Loose-fitting clothing is best, with no zippers, although buttons are a good idea for your top so you don’t have to pull anything over your head. Wear sunglasses instead of contact lenses, leave off the makeup and jewelry, and make sure you have sensible footwear. 

Make sure you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. If you have to drink anything to take a pill or because of dry mouth, make it a small sip of water only or suck on an ice chip. Don’t take any type of medication that could thin your blood for five days before your surgery, unless expressly directed to by Dr. Laughlin. This means stop taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen sodium (Aleve), aspirin, or Warfarin. 

Avoid getting sun to the face or tanning for at least two weeks before surgery. You can use special sunscreen to help protect the delicate skin around your eyes, wear sunglasses and a hat, and avoid being outside in the sunniest part of the day. Avoid smoking as well, as smoking can decrease your body’s healing ability. 

The day of your procedure

On the day of surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home after your procedure. It’s also a good idea if someone can stay with you overnight that night. You’ll also need to have your ID, any paperwork, and insurance card, if your procedure is being covered by a policy. 

You might want to set up some audiobooks, since you won’t be reading or watching television for a few days after surgery. You may also want to set up a voice assistant on your phone and computer. 

Ready to pursue eyelid surgery? Schedule a consultation by calling 410-297-0654, or visit our contact page for more information. 

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