Pre-op Eyelid Surgery Instructions
By Sheryl Pilcher on December 21, 2017
The skin around the eyes is some of the most delicate on the body, so it stands to reason that it is often one of the first areas to show signs of aging or skin damage. Patients may begin to notice fine lines, creases, or saggy skin along the upper or lower eyelids as early as their 30s or 40s. Other common complaints include heavy under eye bags, hooded upper eyelids, and a general appearance of fatigue.
Eyelid surgery lifts and tightens the skin of the upper or lower eyelids to restore a more youthful and alert appearance. The skill and experience of plastic surgeon Sheryl Pilcher has provided safe and effective surgical results for many patients.
However, to further ensure a successful surgery, it is important that patients follow the pre-op surgery instructions provided prior to treatment at our San Antonio, TX practice. Here, we provide a brief overview of those instructions.
In the Weeks Leading up to Surgery
Eyelid surgery preparation does not begin on the day before surgery, as most people would imagine, but rather weeks before the scheduled procedure. By beginning preparation early, patients can ensure that the mind and body is in optimal shape for their surgical procedure.
Here are some important steps a patient should take in the weeks leading up to eyelid surgery:
- Discuss medication use with Dr. Pilcher and make any necessary adjustments. Some medications that should typically be avoided in the weeks before surgery include aspirin, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
- Minimize time in the sun in the weeks before surgery to avoid sun damage. When outdoors, patients should always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher.
- Those who smoke or use other tobacco products should refrain from doing so for at least two weeks prior to surgery.
- Fill any prescription medications that will be needed following surgery and purchase necessary medical supplies. It is good to have a well-stocked recovery area prior to surgery.
- Arrange a ride to and from your procedure location. If possible, plan to have a friend or family member stay around for the first 24 hours after surgery, which will be the most difficult period of recovery.
The Day Before Surgery
Ideally, most surgical preparation will be complete before the day of surgery. However, there are some last-minute steps a patient must take to ensure the body is fully prepared for surgery, such as:
- Take a shower; shampoo and wash the face thoroughly
- Avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight on the night before surgery
- Essential medications that have been previously discussed with Dr. Pilcher can be taken with a small sip of water
- Get to bed early and try to get plenty of rest
The Day of Surgery
Most patients feel both excited and nervous on the day of their surgery. This final stage of preparation will make the day go comfortably and smoothly. Patients should dress for the day in loose, comfortable clothing and refrain from wearing any make-up or jewelry.
Patients should plan to arrive to their appointment a little early so that any final paperwork can be signed. It is important to remember an ID card and any insurance information.
Once at our medical offices, patients can feel confident that they will be in good hands for the duration of their eyelid surgery.
If you are concerned with loose, saggy skin around your eyelids, you may be an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery. If you’d like to learn more about this procedure or any of the other cosmetic services offered at Dr. Sheryl Pilcher’s plastic surgery practice, contact us at your earliest convenience.
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