Droopy upper eyelids or heavy upper eyelids causing you stress or compromising your vision? Bags under your eyes that won’t go away? Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a popular cosmetic procedure that can rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes.
Whether you recently underwent upper eyelid surgery (upper blepharoplasty) or lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty), or are considering upper or lower eyelid surgery, it is essential to be well-prepared for the entire process. Proper preparation for lower or upper eyelid surgery before and after can lead to a smoother recovery and more satisfying results.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through essential steps to prepare physically, mentally, and emotionally for your eyelid surgery journey.
Recommended Preparation Before Eyelid Surgery
Here’s how to start planning for your upper or lower blepharoplasty (upper or lower single eye blepharoplasty or bilateral upper blepharoplasty or lower blepharoplasty).
1) Consult with a qualified surgeon.
The first step to prepare for eyelid surgery is to schedule a consultation with a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon. During your visit, you will explain your goals and expectations to the plastic surgeon.
They will, in turn, ask you questions about your medical history and assess your eligibility for the procedure. They will also take a look at your upper and lower eyelids in order to determine if the goal should be to remove excess skin, remove excess fat, or perform a fat transposition procedure (a fat transfer process that typically removes fat pads from the eye bags to restore youthful volume in the upper eyelids).
2) Undergo necessary medical tests and assessments.
Your surgeon may require certain medical tests and assessments to ensure you are in good overall health and a suitable candidate for lower or upper blepharoplasty. These tests may include blood tests, eye examinations, and others, depending on your current health and medical history.
If you are struggling with droopy upper eyelids, for example (where your upper lid droops down into your field of vision — also known as having hooded upper eyelids), you may need to take an eye exam and have your vision tested before getting upper eyelid ptosis repair.
Sometimes, an upper eyelid lift may be covered by insurance, but your provider will want to see documentation that the surgery is medically necessary and that your hooded upper eyelids are indeed obstructing your field of vision. If you are only seeking this surgery because you have a tired appearance that you would like to get rid of, an eye exam may not be necessary, and insurance will not typically cover this procedure.
3) Make necessary medication and supplement adjustments.
Before the surgery, your surgeon will provide instructions regarding medications and supplements that may need to be adjusted or temporarily stopped. This is crucial to minimize the risk of potential complications during and after surgery. Be sure to have a current list of any medications or supplements you are taking so that you can show your surgeon.
4) Focus on a healthy diet and hydration.
Maintaining a healthy diet and staying well-hydrated before surgery can help promote faster healing. Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins into your meals and avoid excessive salt and alcohol intake.
5) Quit Smoking.
If you are a smoker, it is important to quit smoking several weeks before surgery. Smoking can impede the healing process and increase your risk for complications.
Mental and Emotional Preparation Before Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty
1) Understand the procedure.
Part of being anxious before eyelid surgery has to do with not knowing what exactly is going to happen. Educate yourself about eyelid surgery blepharoplasty, what to expect during and after the surgery, and potential risks and complications. Knowing what to anticipate can help alleviate anxiety.
2) Talk to your surgeon about your concerns.
If you have any concerns or questions about the procedure, do not hesitate to discuss them with your surgeon during your consultation or after. There are no silly or stupid questions. Clear communication can help ease apprehensions.
3) Have a support system.
Having a support system of friends and family can be invaluable during the pre-operative and post-operative period. They can provide emotional support and practical assistance during your recovery.
4) Mentally prepare for the recovery period.
Eyelid surgery recovery can vary from person to person. Mentally preparing for possible side effects, such as swelling and bruising, can help you manage your expectations and stay patient throughout the healing process.
Preparing at Home for Before and After Eyelid Surgery
Arrange for transportation and at-home assistance.
Arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery as you may still be under the effects of anesthesia. Additionally, having someone help you with daily tasks at home for the first few days can be very beneficial.
Create a comfortable recovery space.
Before your surgery, prepare a comfortable and relaxing space at home for your recovery. Have extra pillows to keep your head elevated and ensure you have easy access to water, snacks, and any prescribed medications.
Follow post-operative instructions carefully.
Your surgeon will provide specific post-operative instructions. It’s crucial to follow these diligently to optimize your healing process and achieve the best possible results.
Take photos to track your progress.
Documenting your recovery with day by day eyelid surgery recovery time photos can be helpful in tracking your progress and recognizing improvements. Seeing the progress of your recovery will encourage you and provide positive feedback during this challenging time.
FAQs: Eyelid Surgery Before and After
Yes, in some cases, local anesthesia with sedation may be used during blepharoplasty. In other cases, general anesthesia may be used. The goal is always to ensure your comfort and safety during the procedure.
How long after blepharoplasty will I look normal?
This really depends on the scope of your surgery. However, in general, patients must wait up to a month or more before significant improvements can be seen.
Will there be visible scarring after blepharoplasty?
When performed by a skilled surgeon, blepharoplasty incisions are typically well-hidden in the natural creases of the eyelids, which minimizes visible scarring. Additionally, over time, your scars should fade and become even less noticeable.
Schedule a Consultation Appointment With Dr. Steinberg Today
Remember, each person’s experience is unique, but adequate preparation can lead to a more positive outcome for every eyelid surgery patient.
Whether you’re considering eyelid surgery for the lower or upper eyelid (or even if you’ve already recently underwent upper blepharoplasty or lower blepharoplasty), please do not hesitate to contact us and schedule a consultation appointment. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the process and help you feel better about yourself. Take the first step toward achieving your aesthetic goals today!