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Preparing for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

by Dr. Daniel Lin


Preparing for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) | Pasadena Plastic SurgeryA procedure such as eyelid surgery will entail some amount of pre-operative preparation. Patients who are well-prepared this cosmetic surgery will typically have safer and more predictable outcomes, and will experience a faster recovery. The surgeon will provide detailed guidelines to the patient about preparation at the time of initial consultation.

Dr. Daniel Lin is a board certified plastic surgeon providing blepharoplasty and various other surgical and non-surgical procedures for the breast, body and face. Patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive eyelid surgery from Dr. Lin.


Weeks before the Surgery

If the patient has a habit of smoking, they will be required to give it up completely for at least two to three weeks prior to the eyelid surgery. The patient should ideally reduce or stop alcohol consumption as well a few days prior to eyelid cosmetic surgery. Smoking, in particular, poses greater risk because the nicotine will restrict the flow of oxygen in the blood and interfere with healing.

If the patient is taking certain nutritional and herbal supplements, such as vitamin E or ginseng, the surgeon will instruct them to stop their use for a certain time period prior to the surgery. The use of blood thinners such as aspirin and NSAIDs will also have to be stopped for a specified period of time. These drugs can increase the risk of bleeding during the surgery.

In some cases, the schedule of prescription drugs may also be altered in consultation with the primary care physician. The doctor may recommend safer alternatives for certain drugs and supplements. Accomplished plastic surgeon Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for eyelid surgery.


Pre-Surgery Arrangements

The patient can make a few simple arrangements prior to the eyelid surgery, which will help to ensure an easier recovery. They should ideally stock up the following items at home:

  • Clean washcloths

  • Clean bowl for cold water

  • Ice cubes

  • Plastic bags for ice packs

  • Bottle of artificial tears

  • Sterile gauze pads

  • Extra pillows to keep the head raised

  • Groceries for a few days

The patient should have someone to drive them back home once the eyelid surgery is completed. They should preferably also have someone to stay overnight for assistance, or may arrange for professional aftercare. On the night prior to the surgery, the patient should sleep well. They should refrain from eating or drinking for about eight hours before the surgery time.


The Day of Surgery

A few simple tips may be followed on the day of the surgery:

  • Wash the hair and eyebrows

  • Do not wear any makeup or cosmetics

  • Avoid wearing jewelry, piercings, false eyelashes, or contact lenses to the surgery center

  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes

Any essential prescription drugs on the morning of the surgery may be taken in consultation with the surgeon.



Click here to learn more about all the plastic surgery procedures and treatments cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin performs for patients in and around Pasadena, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, West Covina, Inland Empire, and San Gabriel Valley. Call today to schedule a consultation 626.810.6165 or click here.

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