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Your Surgical Experience and Preparation for Eyelid Surgery Pre-Operative
The goal of Dr. Jaffe and the entire staff is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.
If you are a smoker, it is highly recommended to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Smoking can impair your ability to heal. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.
Aesthetic eyelid surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. If this is the case, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the next 24 hours.
How Should I Prepare for Eyelid Surgery?
You will need to have another person drive you home after your surgery. You should also have someone stay with you the night of the procedure.
Expect and plan to stay home from work and limit your activities for several days after surgery to give your eyelids a chance heal. Some patients experience dry eyes after surgery, but the condition rarely lasts more than two weeks.
At home, you should have the following items readily accessible:
-Ice pack or you can use freezer bags filled with ice, frozen corn or peas.
-Small gauze pads
-Eye drops or artificial tears (ask your doctor to recommend the proper type to meet your particular needs)
-Clean washcloths and towels
-Over-the-counter painkillers (which your doctor can recommend). Advil, Motrin, Naproxen, Aleve, and aspirin should be avoided due to the increased risk of bleeding.
The Day of Eyelid Surgery
Your eyelid surgery may be performed in a hospital, Surgery center facility or office-based surgical suite. Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Frequently, local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing eyelid surgery, although general anesthesia may be desirable in some instances. For your safety during the operation, various monitors are used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. Your vision will be blurry as a result of ointment used to soothe and protect the eye during surgery as well as from the swelling that is a normal aftermath of eyelid procedures. There should be surprisingly little discomfort, however, from the surgery.
You will be permitted to go home after a short period of observation. Back to Top
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