Eyelid Surgery FAQ’s
Are there steps to take to prepare for my eyelid surgery?
We’ll walk you through the early preparations, such as the need to stop taking certain medications, including anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and herbal supplements, as these can increase bleeding and subsequent bruising. You’ll need to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after, as this affects wound healing. Limit alcohol consumption a few days prior to and after your surgery.
The morning of your surgery, you’ll need to shower and shampoo your hair. Be sure to wash your eyebrows. Do not put on any makeup, jewelry, contact lenses, or other accessories. Arrange for someone to take you to surgery and pick you up afterwards.
That’s about it; there isn’t much preparation required for blepharoplasty.
Will my scarring be visible?
Dr. Roberto Garcia has performed hundreds of eyelid surgeries for his patients and is expert at hiding the incisions so that they cannot be seen. In the upper eyelid, the incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid, so it is virtually invisible. In the lower eyelid, the incisions may be made on the inside of the eyelid so there will not be any visible scars.
How much bruising and swelling will I have following eyelid surgery?
When you head home after your procedure, we provide you with a cold compress and eye drops. Diligent use of your compress can minimize swelling and subsequent bruising. This is even more the case if you are able to keep your head elevated as much as possible for the first two days after your surgery, even when sleeping. Try to minimize blinking and don’t do any strenuous activities that increase blood flow to the eyes and overall face. Following these steps should minimize swelling and bleeding, and it should run its course in a week or so.
What can be done about my dark undereye circles?
Eyelid surgery is used to correct droopy, tired looking eyelids. Dr. Garcia may remove the fat pads under the lower eyelids to reduce puffiness, but this won’t necessarily completely remove dark circles, although it should lessen their appearance. If your dark undereye circles are being caused by shadows cast by puffy eyelids, this surgery will dramatically improve them.
How do I know if I need an upper eyelid lift or a brow lift?
Dr. Roberto Garcia will help you understand the difference between these two procedures and their goals. Basically, we need to decide where your problems with your eyes lie, either due to the brows or the eyelids. A brow lift will sufficiently raise droopy eyebrows and create a more awake, alert countenance. However, if the problem is a tired, aged appearance due to excess upper eyelid skin that is sagging down the upper eyelid, then an eyelid lift is the way to go.
There is a test that can give you an idea of which option could be best. Stand in front of a mirror and place your index fingers along your brows and raise them slightly upward and outward. If this raises most of the excess skin along the upper eyelid, then a brow lift is the procedure you need. However, if you still have excess tissue on the upper eyelids after raising your brows, then eyelid surgery is necessary.
When can I return to work after eyelid surgery?
Most patients can return to work within just three or four days. You do have to avoid strenuous activity for about one week, however, so if your job is strenuous you would need to take a full week off.
How soon after eyelid surgery can I wear my contact lenses?
For most patients, they need to not wear their contact lenses for 10 days after their eyelid surgery. Once Dr. Garcia removes your stitches, usually in one week, he can see how your recovery is progressing and see if this timeline is still good.
You don’t want to rush this. Wearing your lenses too soon during your recovery can lead to serious discomfort in both your eyes and your eyelids. Your eyes may dry out quickly and feel irritated simply by having the lenses in. You can also increase your risk of infection. Comfort and common sense should prevail here.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about Eyelid Surgery, contact Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery at (904) 686-8020 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roberto Garcia.