Due to the complex anatomy of the eyelid, oculoplastic surgeons need to work very minutely (in millimeters) to attain optimal outcomes.
Patients who need revision eyelid surgery differ in the extent of the problem, ranging from minor levels of scarring to severe eyelid malposition impacting the eye’s integrity and its ability to function properly.
The patient should thoroughly prepare for revision blepharoplasty to achieve safe and predictable results. At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will provide the patient with instructions to prepare for revision eyelid lift cosmetic surgery.
Patients who are well-prepared feel more confident and reassured about the surgery and are able to achieve higher satisfaction levels from the outcomes of the procedure.
Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui provides revision eyelid surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.
Informing the Patient
The surgeon will educate the patient on various revision eyelid surgery techniques. The patient should free ask the surgeon any questions that they may have about the revision blepharoplasty or the surgeon’s background. The surgeon will provide the patient with detailed and transparent answers.
The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s health records, eye structure, skin laxity in the lower and upper lids, forehead, and eyebrow area as well as their skin type and tone during the pre-op consultation.
They will check for signs of any eye infections in the area as well. On their part, the patient should honestly reveal to the surgeon if they have any pre-existing medical conditions.
The patient should disclose to the surgeon if they have previously undergone any eyelid surgery or another eye procedure, including LASIK, or have experienced any major eye troubles. They should also tell the surgeon about any prescription and non-prescription medications that they currently use as well as lifestyle habits such as drinking and smoking.
Pre- and Post-Operative Care Guidelines
The surgeon or their team will offer the patient detailed guidelines for the revision blepharoplasty surgery. Working professionals should plan to take at least one week off from their workplace to recover from the procedure. Non-working patients should also plan any social engagements after one week of the procedure.
The patient should enlist a responsible person to drive them home after their revision blepharoplasty procedure and arrange for aftercare if required.
Avoid Smoking and Certain Drugs
In case the patient smokes, the surgeon will ask them to quit smoking for at a specific period pre and post-surgery. In addition, they may ask the patient to stop using blood thinners such as aspirin and NSAIDs and specific herbal supplements or vitamin E. They may change the prescription drug schedule in discussion with the prescribing doctor.
Practical Arrangements prior to the Surgery
The patient should complete any urgent or work-related tasks beforehand to enjoy a relaxed recovery period. Some patients also prepare a recovery kit at home with essentials items that they may require during the initial recovery phase, such as:
- Extra pillows
- Comfortable, front-open clothes
- Prescription medications and antibiotics
- Gauze bandages
- Over the counter medications