Posted on Jun 1, 2020

The Seattle Eyelid & Blepharoplasty Center


Medications: Before undergoing any type of elective cosmetic surgery, especially a blepharoplasty, it is important to avoid certain medications. Many medications prolong bleeding time and can create a hematoma underneath the skin of the eyelid. If this should occur, it will need to be evacuated and removed. Medications including some prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements also contain elements that thin the blood and interfere with anesthesia. Any medications including aspirin or ibuprofen and prescription blood thinners such as Coumadin and Plavix should be avoided two weeks before the surgery. Vitamin E, diet pills, and all herbal remedies need to be stopped two weeks before any surgery as well.
Smoking: It is best to stop smoking two weeks prior to the blepharoplasty surgery and two weeks after the surgery since tobacco can slow down the healing process.
Avoid exposure of the eyelids to sunburns from both natural sunlight and tanning beds within the first month after the blepharoplasty surgery.
Patients should wash their hair and face prior to the surgery and should not put on any makeup the morning of the blepharoplasty surgery.
It is very important to avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before the blepharoplasty. The reason for this is to prevent any nausea and vomiting during and after the surgery.
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