Disclose medical conditions such as hypertension and any thyroid problems. Discuss your health related to your eyes such as glaucoma or dry eye syndrome. It is important to work closely with your plastic surgeon. Be prepared to discuss your expectations and desired outcome. Make sure all of your questions and concerns are addressed. Aspirin, Motrin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some over-the-counter herbal medications must be discontinued at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. These and other drugs and substances may cause excess bleeding and bruising. You can usually begin taking them again after a week or so. Your local cosmetic surgeon will discuss this in detail with you and you will also be given a sheet with a list of common medicines to avoid for a short period. Your plastic surgeon will detail the risks associated with surgery.
Following your plastic surgery, you will have ointment applied to your eyelids that may cause your vision to be blurry. It is important to keep your head elevated and you may have to apply cool compresses to aid in healing and minimize swelling. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your incisions including any medications that you may need to take.
Healing time is highly variable, but most patients’ experience moderate swelling and some bruising that can persist up to 2 weeks. Sutures are usually removed within the first week after surgery. It is best to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 2-3 weeks after surgery to minimize the chances of bleeding. It often takes several months for swelling to fully resolve, and 6 months or longer for the incision scars do fade.