Whether you’re looking to get rid of those stubborn under-eye bags or lose the excess skin on the upper eyelid to improve your vision, eyelid surgery is a subtle procedure that results in a rested, more youthful appearance that gets people saying: “I don’t know what’s changed about you, but you look great!”
At Dr. Garcia’s practice in Glens Falls, NY, we’ve performed countless eyelid surgeries for patients of all ages, so we’ve put together a checklist of our top tips for preparing for your blepharoplasty.
How Do I Prepare for Eyelid Surgery?
Make sure to do these four things to ensure for a safe and easy eyelid surgery and recovery!
Get an Eye Exam
A comprehensive eye exam by a licensed optometrist or opthamologist is your first step towards seeing if you’re a candidate for eyelid surgery. Your plastic surgeon will require an eye exam not only to assess your vision, but your overall eye health, which affects the success of your surgery. Your insurance company will also require an eye exam to support an insurance claim for eyelid surgery that’s being done to improve your vision.
Book a Consultation with Your Plastic Surgeon
Before you schedule your eyelid surgery, your plastic surgeon will want to have a consultation with you to take photographs of your eyes and discuss your eyelid surgery options, likely outcomes, and potential risk factors. Your doctor will explain the differences between the upper eyelid and lower eyelid procedures, and determine if you’re a good candidate for one the procedures or both.
Follow Pre-Surgery Instructions
Once your eyelid surgery is scheduled, your plastic surgeon will give your specific instructions for the days leading up to your procedure that are crucial you adhere to for your health and the success of your surgery. This includes things like getting lab testing, quit taking certain medications, stop smoking, arranging a ride home from your procedure, and refraining from wearing eye makeup or facial lotion the day of your surgery.
Prepare for Your Recovery
The eyelid surgery recovery period typically lasts 1 to 2 weeks until you see full results. For that duration of time, you will experience some pain and swelling/bruising around the eye area, which can be lessened by applying ice packs to your eyes. For this reason, it’s best you plan for your recovery time ahead of time by stocking up on meals/frozen food for quick eats, designating an on-call friend or family member who can lend a hand when you need help, and setting up a recovery area with comfortable seating and nearby table for medications, water, and other supplies.
Interested in Learning More About Eyelid Surgery?
As a local, experienced eyelid surgeon, Dr. Garcia provides expert care to lift sagging lids and smooth out under-eye wrinkles for a natural looking result. He’s a trusted blepharoplasty surgeon for patients in Saratoga, Lake George, Queensbury, and throughout the Adirondack region.
Curious to see how others have benefited from eyelid surgery? Check out these before and after photos of real patients who have undergone eyelid surgery at Garcia Plastic & Hand Surgery!
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