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What should you expect before eyelid surgery?

shutterstock 112155299 e1554950426817 300x198 - What should you expect before eyelid surgery? | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesEyelid lift surgery, or blepharoplasty, can be an effective treatment for under eye bags, sagging upper eyelid skin, and wrinkles and fine lines around the lids.

This procedure involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the eye area. For safe and desirable results, the patient should prepare thoroughly for blepharoplasty surgery.


Reducing Doubt, Being Transparent

During the initial consultation, the surgeon will offer the patient instructions on preparing for the eyelid surgery. Well-prepared patients are often more assured and confident about the procedure. These patients are also more resilient and experience a stress-free and relaxed recovery period.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides eyelid lift surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding communities.


Informing the Patient

The plastic surgeon will discuss the various eyelid lift surgery techniques and treatment alternatives with the patient.

The patient should unhesitatingly ask the surgeon questions or express doubts regarding the eyelid surgery and the surgeon’s background. The surgeon will try to address these questions and concerns in a straightforward and transparent way.


Health Assessment

The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s health records, eye structure, the degree of skin laxity in the upper and lower eyelids, and the brows and forehead region as well as their skin tone, and skin type during the pre-operative consultation.

On top of this, they will check for any signs of infection in the eye region. On their part, the patient should honestly reveal to the surgeon if they have any pre-existing medical conditions.


Full Disclosure

The patient should inform their surgeon if they have undergone any eye surgeries previously, including LASIK, or have experienced any significant eye conditions. In addition, they should tell the surgeon about all prescription and non-prescriptions medications that they currently take as well as their lifestyle behaviors.


Pre- and Post-Operative Care Guidelines

The surgeon or their team will provide the patient will comprehensive preparation guidelines for the blepharoplasty procedure.

Patients who are working should account for at least one week of leave from their workplace following their eyelid surgery. Non-working patients should plan their social interactions accordingly as well.

The patient should also ask a responsible person to drive them back home after their surgery as well as arrange aftercare for a few days if required.


Avoid Smoking and Specific Drugs

If the patient is a smoker, the surgeon will instruct them to quit smoking for a specified period before and after the procedure.

They may also ask the patient to stop using blood thinners such as NSAIDs or aspirin or specific herbal supplements or vitamin E. The surgeon may also alter the schedule of prescription drugs in discussion with the prescribing physician.


Practical Arrangements before the Surgery

In case the patient feels that they require aftercare for the initial recovery period after their eyelid lift surgery, they should arrange for it in advance of the procedure. They should also undertake any urgent home or work-related tasks beforehand to experience a relaxed and stress-free recovery period.

Patients can also create a recovery kit home, which may contain the following items:

  • Prescription drugs and antibiotics
  • Gauze bandages
  • Loose fitting, comfortable, and front-open clothing
  • Extra pillows
  • Over the Counter medicines

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and nearby areas for eyelid lift surgery. For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

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