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Preparing for Blepharoplasty

Pre-Op: How to Get Ready for Your Blepharoplasty

Prior to surgery, your plastic surgeon's office will perform tests of your vision and your ability to produce tears.  If you wear corrective lenses, be sure to bring them to this examination.

It is important that your plastic surgeon understands your tear production.  People who suffer from dry-eye syndrome are at greater risk for complications from blepharoplasty.  If you have had a recent eye exam, it is a good idea to give a copy of the eye exam records to your plastic surgeon's office.

Typically, this is your last chance to discuss your expectations with your plastic surgeon, so if you have any final questions or concerns, address them now. 

If you haven't discussed it prior to this appointment, you and your plastic surgeon will need to discuss whether you are having your upper eyelids (upper blepharoplasty), lower eyelids (lower blepharoplasty) or all four of your eyelids done.

You should receive some detailed instructions on what you need to do to prepare for your surgery, including what kinds of medications you should take or avoid, foods and beverages to take or avoid and any other pre-op preparation you need to undertake.

If you are a smoker, you will likely be asked to stop smoking several weeks before surgery. Smoking hinders the healing process. It is important that you heed this advice.

Unless transportation is arranged by your plastic surgeon's office, you will probably have to arrange for a ride home. It is a good idea to make arrangements for someone to stay with you for a while after your surgery until such time as you can get around on your own. If you don't have a friend or relative who can help you, ask your surgeon's office for information on post-surgery nursing services.

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