Preoperative Preparation For Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery

Posted on: 29 November 2021

Droopy eyelids can stretch during the aging process, causing the supporting muscles to weaken. When this happens, pockets of fat may accumulate over and under your eyelids, leading to droopy upper eyelids and excess puffiness or bags under your eyes. Not only can this make you look older, but it can obstruct both your central and peripheral vision if the droopiness is severe.

A corrective eyelid surgical procedure known as blepharoplasty can decrease or even eliminate visual problems related to eyelid drooping while making your eyes look more youthful. Here are some things to expect before undergoing your eyelid surgery at the plastic surgery clinic. 

Medical History

At your preoperative appointment with your plastic surgeon, they will take a detailed medical history from you, asking questions about current or previous conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, allergies, and cardiovascular problems.

Your surgeon will also ask you if you have diabetes because persistently elevated blood sugar levels can cause an eye condition known as diabetic retinopathy, which may cause vision problems and complicate surgery.

Diabetics sometimes have circulation problems which can lead to poor healing of surgical wounds, including surgical wounds from eyelid surgery. In addition to discussing your health conditions, your physician will also ask if you take any medications, vitamin and mineral supplements, or herbal supplements. You will also be asked if you smoke, drink alcohol, and use drugs. 

Preoperative Examinations

Before your eyelid plastic surgery, your physician will perform a comprehensive physical examination, including a tear production assessment. Your doctor will also examine your eyes for any signs of infection such as redness, inflammation, excessive tearing, and drainage. The doctor will also take measurements of your eyelids and look for any abnormalities such as entropion, which is the inward turning of your lower eyelid.

In addition to the physical examination of your eyes, your doctor will test both your central vision and your peripheral vision. In addition, your doctor will take pictures of your eyes from various angles to help assess the extent of your eyelid drooping and to help plan the procedure. 

If your eyelids are drooping and affecting your vision or if you are unhappy about your appearance, make an appointment with a plastic surgeon to learn more about blepharoplasty. Once you have your surgery, you are likely to enjoy the results of your procedure, such as a more youthful appearance, increased self-confidence, better vision, and a more rested appearance.

For more information, contact a plastic surgery clinic near you.