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5 Tips to Prepare for Eyelid Surgery

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There are several benefits of eyelid surgery. This procedure can improve your vision, but it can also enhance your appearance. Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery removes excess skin along the upper eyelids, which can make you look years younger.

No matter your reasons for pursuing eyelid surgery, you'll need to prepare for your procedure. Rand Rodgers, MD, and our expert care team with offices in New Rochelle, NY, Great Neck, NY, and New York, NY, can restore the function and appearance of your upper eye area and give you a more youthful look.

Here are five things Dr. Rodgers wants his male and female patients to do to prepare for surgical treatment.

1. Check on your medications

Some medications and dietary supplements can interfere with parts of surgical procedures. Dr. Rodgers will review your medications, and let you know if you need to temporarily discontinue any while you prepare for and recover from eyelid surgery. You'll need to avoid using any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen and aspirin, in the two weeks before your procedure.

2. Quit smoking

Using tobacco, either through smoking or in another form, can interfere with healthy blood flow. During and after your eyelid surgery, you'll need efficient blood flow to promote healing. You should avoid tobacco for at least a month before and after eyelid surgery. Quitting could have additional benefits – if your goal is to look younger, smoking may be one of the factors speeding up your premature aging.

3. Put together your support team

In addition to a ride home, you should plan on needing some support over the days and weeks following your surgery. Contact friends and family and put together a team! Look for support with childcare, meal prep, errands, and other daily activities.

4. Prepare your recovery space

Before your surgical appointment, prepare your recovery space. You'll need a place where you can rest with your head elevated. Some quick meals, or premade freezer options, can be a big help. As you may have bandages that obscure your vision after your surgery, you might also want to clear away clutter, especially any tripping hazards.

5. Plan how to spend your recovery time

You'll need to take some downtime as you recover from your eyelid surgery. The bright light from the screen of a phone, computer, or television can be painful in the week after your procedure. The more you can let your eyes rest, the faster and more comfortable your recovery will be overall.

Before your surgery, plan on ways to stay entertained and occupied, while still resting your eyes, while you recover. Track down some audiobooks, podcasts, or favorite albums to get you through your recovery period. If you have everything you'll need ready to hand, you'll thank yourself when you get home after your eyelid surgery appointment.

To discuss your eyelid surgery needs, get in touch with Rand Rodgers, MD. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment by contacting one of our New York offices today. 

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