Adequate pre-operative preparation is important for an effective eyelid lift cosmetic surgery. Well-prepared eyelid lift surgery patients are likely to attain better results and faster recovery. They will also experience a reduced risk of complications.
The surgeon will guide and help the patient through the preparatory process for eyelid surgery. Board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides eyelid lift to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding locations.
Things to Avoid prior to the Surgery
In case the patient smokes, they will need to quit smoking for at least a specified duration before the eyelid lift cosmetic surgery.
They will need to avoid smoking even after the procedure for a few days. The tobacco smoke in nicotine can shrink the blood vessels, which results in an increased risk of complications and a delayed recovery.
The patient will also need to avoid aspirin, blood thinners, NSAIDs, specific prescription meds, herbal supplements, and vitamins for a few days prior to eyelid surgery. These drugs can heighten the risk of clotting and excessive bleeding. The surgeon may change the prescription med schedule in discussion with the prescribing doctor.
Before the procedure, the patient should make advance arrangements for aftercare and transportation. They may also create a recovery station at home with all essential items that they may require during the initial recovery phase.
Prior to the impending eyelid surgery, the patient can arrange for a few basic items for a smoother recovery, such as:
- Clean bowl for cold water
- Clean washcloths
- Bottle of artificial tears
- Prescription drugs and antibiotics
- Ice packs
- Sterile gauze pads
- Extra pillows to keep the head elevated
- Loose fitting, front-open clothes
- Groceries for a few days
Additionally, the patient should get adequate rest and a good night’s sleep on the night before the surgery.
The Day of Surgery
The patient should follow the following simple steps on the day of the cosmetic surgery procedure:
- Properly wash hair and eyebrows
- Avoid using facial makeup
- Do not wear piercings, jewelry, false eyelashes or contact lenses to the surgical venue
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing with front buttons or a zipper
In case the patient is diabetic, they should have their vital parameters assessed on the morning of the eyelid surgery.
A healthy, balanced diet before and after the surgery is an important part of the preparation process. A nutritious diet helps build a strong immune system and reduces the risk of infections during or following the procedure.
Preferably, the diet should be rich in lean proteins for fast post-op healing. To increase the protein content, the patient should include chicken, fish, eggs, light cheese, and yogurt in her diet.
Patients who follow a balanced diet and regular fitness regimen before the surgery typically find it easier to continue with healthy eating habits even after the procedure.
If the patient smokes, the surgeon will ask them to stop smoking for a specified duration pre and post-surgery. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for eyelid lift.
For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.