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Before Eyelid Surgery Instructions

         For the 2 weeks before surgery, do not take any medicines that may increase bleeding.  See the attached list of medicines to avoid.  If a medicine on the list was prescribed by a doctor, please check with your doctor before stopping it.


         Do not eat or drink anything starting at midnight the night before surgery.  If you usually take medicines (i.e., blood pressure medicines) in the morning, take them with a small sip of water in the morning on the day of surgery.


         Do not apply any make-up on the day of surgery.


         If you have diabetes, talk with your primary medical doctor about whether to take your diabetes medication on the morning of surgery.


         Do not smoke or drink alcohol for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery.




What To Expect After Your Surgery


         You cannot do strenuous exercise (running, swimming, playing tennis, etc.) for the first week after surgery.


         You cannot use any make-up for one week after surgery.


         You will need to apply ice packs to your eyelids and sleep with your head elevated on a few extra pillows for the first week after surgery.


         It is normal for the skin and eyes to sometimes feel itchy and scratchy for the first week after surgery.  It is part of the healing process.  It is normal for the eyelids to be bruised, red, and swollen for one to two weeks after surgery.