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How to Prepare for Blepharoplasty

Whether you’re undergoing eyelid surgery for cosmetic or practical reasons, the preparation and rehabilitation are the same. Before going under the knife, you’ll need to make certain arrangements. This includes stopping certain medications and stocking up on groceries and therapeutic items like cool compresses. 

At Ventura Eye Institute in Camarillo, California, our professional team of eye care specialists can advise you whether you’re a good candidate for an eyelid lift and help you prepare for your blepharoplasty surgery. 

Preparing for your eyelid surgery

You should prepare for blepharoplasty by stopping medications like aspirin, laying off cigarettes, and arranging a ride home. You can also make things easier on yourself by preparing your living space beforehand. 

Ensure your fridge and pantry are filled with comfort food, and set up a designated resting place close to an accessible bathroom. Stay on a ground-level floor to avoid going up and down stairs while your vision is impaired. 

Let us know about all medications (including over-the-counter ones) and supplements or herbal remedies before your surgery date is set. We may ask you to pause certain medications to cut down on swelling and bleeding during your surgery.

What happens during blepharoplasty 

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a minor procedure. Your eye surgeon uses this method to improve the appearance of your upper or lower lids, give you a younger appearance, or even improve your range of vision.  

The surgical procedure itself is simple. First, your surgeon makes a small incision along the natural crease of your eyelid. This strategic placement hides the scar, making it virtually invisible to anyone looking at you. 

Then, we reshape the skin and tissue of the eyelid. If any sagging skin is blocking your line of sight, it will be removed. If necessary, your surgeon will lift the eyebrow muscle or adjust the placement of the skin on your eyelid. 

Finally, we close your incision using stitches or medical adhesives and monitor your condition until you’re cleared to return home. 

What to expect post-op

You can expect some tenderness, swelling, and discomfort around the eyes following eyelid surgery. This is natural, and you’ll be prescribed medication to reduce pain. You might experience blurry vision and difficulty blinking comfortably in the days after surgery, but this should clear up quickly. 

Any signs of infection, pain,  or persistent vision problems should be mentioned to your surgeon. Otherwise, you should have a fairly straightforward recovery. Do not rub your eyes, and avoid touching the incisions. If you experience discomfort, take your prescribed medication and apply cool rags or compresses to your eyes to alleviate the itching or soreness. 

To learn more about blepharoplasty and discuss whether you’re a good candidate, contact the team at Ventura Eye Institute by calling 805-388-1211 or making a virtual appointment online.

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