All About Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid cosmetic surgery, is a popular procedure used to improve the appearance of puffy, drooping, and tired-looking eyes. The procedure is normally performed by a cosmetic surgeon and board-certified dermatologist.

How To Prepare for Your Blepharoplasty:

During the initial consultation, the surgeon reviews the patient’s medical history. This includes a detailed listing of past illness, surgeries, any prescription, over-the-counter medications and supplements that the patient is taking. Based on the consultation, the doctor provides the patient with detailed pre and post-operative instructions. Although there may be specific recommendations based on the patient’s individual history, the following basic steps will help ensure a successful recovery.

Stop Certain Medications:

Certain medications and supplements can increase the risk of serious bleeding. Ibuprofen, aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and prescription blood thinners should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery. These medications can normally be restarted about two weeks after the procedure.

Stop Smoking:

Patients undergoing the blepharoplasty eyelid surgery are advised to stop smoking. Smoking constricts blood vessels, which interferes with the healing process.

Arrange for Transportation:

Patients are not allowed to drive themselves home following the procedure and are required to bring a designated driver to the appointment. It is also recommended that patients have someone stay with them the first night following surgery.

Prepare for the Recovery Period:

Advance preparation can make it easier to remain comfortable and relaxed during the recovery period. This includes having a supply of prepared meals available, cool compresses to help with swelling and discomfort, and an ample supply of everyday necessities.

What to Expect During Recovery:

Eyelid blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis. Following the procedure, patients spend a short time in recovery before returning home. It is normal to have some bruising and swelling around the eyes during the first week following the procedure. Eyesight may be a little blurry at first. The eyes may also be sensitive to light and water more than usual. These symptoms should resolve in about a week. During the first week of recovery, patients should avoid strenuous activity and eyestrain. Elevating the head while sleeping can help reduce swelling. It is important to wear sunglasses to protect the eyes from light and debris. Contacts should not be worn for two weeks.