Preparing for surgery can be a stressful and tense experience. There are rules that patients must follow, guidelines to keep in mind, and many patients cannot stop thinking about their post-surgical results. At the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence, our expert oculoplastic surgeons are dedicated to making a patient’s stay with us as easy and as comfortable as possible. When patients stay at the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence, we want them to be relaxed and at ease throughout all parts of the surgical process, which is why we came up with this list on how to prepare for surgery.
Having a great understanding of the surgical process allows our patients to feel more comfortable and recover quicker! If you would like to schedule an eyelid surgery at our state of the art facilities, please contact us by calling 888.384.0981 today!
How to Prepare for Eyelid Surgery
1. Discuss the procedure with your doctor
Prior to undergoing surgery, patients will have an initial consultation with their ocuplastic surgeon, during which a physical examination will be performed and a patient’s medical history and expectations of surgery will be discussed. During this appointment, our eye surgeon will ask patients about any conditions they might have (such as glaucoma, dry eyes, or other eye issues). During this appointment, it’s very important that patients be thorough and comprehensive when discussing any medical issues they may have. Seemingly unrelated issues might affect the surgical process, so be forthcoming with your doctor!
Another benefit to this pre-surgical consultation is that it allows for patients to discuss their surgical expectations with their surgeon. Being honest with your expectations can help achieve a satisfying outcome, and informing your doctor about the reason why you are seeking eyelid surgery can allow for an honest discussion regarding post-surgical results. Regardless of whether you are seeking treatment for ptosis, entropion, or even eyelid cancer, it’s paramount to honestly discuss your surgical expectations.
2. Follow your doctor’s guidelines
To best ensure an optimal surgical result, it’s important that patients carefully follow the guidelines set by their doctors. Our surgeons have your best interests at heart, which is why they take great measures to ensure the overall success of surgery and high patient satisfaction.
For the best surgical results, our surgeons will recommend that patients stop taking any supplements or medications that are associated with increased bleeding. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Aleve or Motrin), and others. As a precautionary measure, patients should refrain from taking these medications two weeks prior to surgery.
Additionally, our surgeons typically recommend that patients stop smoking prior to surgery, as it could negatively affect the post-operative healing process.
3. Bring an accompanying friend or family member on the day of surgery
Even though blepharoplasty and other eyelid surgeries are outpatient procedures, we require that patients bring a friend or loved one with them on the day of surgery. Once the surgery has been performed, patients will have eyes that are sore and uncomfortable, and they will not be allowed to drive home.
Prior to surgery, make arrangements to have a friend or loved one accompany you to our surgery center on the day of your operation. Doing so will allow you to make it home safely, where you can begin to recover from your eyelid surgery.
Contact an Oculoplastic Surgeon Today!
At the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence, our surgeons are experts in performing a wide variety of eyelid surgeries. If you would like to schedule a consultation with our physicians, please call 888.384.0981 and begin your path to new and beautiful eyes!
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