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Prior to Surgery

Pre-operative care and post-operative care processes for eyelid surgeries are similar but may have slight differences for each surgeon. This section is based on the Pre-Op and Post-Op care of Dr. Kenneth Kim Plastic Surgery.


It is highly recommended that patients stop using temporary alternatives such as eyelid tape and glue, as it stretches and thickens the eyelid skin, making surgery more challenging. Patients must not take aspirin, ibuprofen (e.g., Advil), or other blood thinning medications to avoid excess swelling and bleeding. If you are taking blood-thinning prescription drugs such as Plavix or Coumadin, make sure you inform your plastic surgeon as well as your internist prior to your surgery. You should not discontinue your prescribed medications without the consent of medical clearance approval of the prescribing physicians.

The following drugs should be avoided for at least two weeks before and after surgery.

  • Aspirin
  • Plavix
  • Coumadin
  • Celebrex
  • Fish Oil
  • Omega 3
  • Herbs, Red Ginseng Concentrates


Make sure you arrange a ride home, as you will not be able to operate a car after your surgery if oral sedation was used during your surgery. Your ride must be arranged and confirmed prior to surgery. The individual providing you a ride must contact our office upon arrival so that you may be released. Your caregiver should stay with you for at least 24 hours after your surgery.


Make sure you plan ahead for your arrival home after your surgery. Prepare ice packs and if required, pick up prescriptions as instructed. If you live alone, be sure to prepare meals, beverages, and other necessary items as you will want to rest and avoid unnecessary stressors for the first 24 hours after surgery. After 24 hours, you may resume light activity. If you plan on going outdoors, bring along sunglasses to prevent exposure to sunlight.


Plan on staying in town for at least 5 days (in some cases 3 days) following surgery for your follow-up appointment.