Before and After Blepharoplasty- The Dos and Don'ts

If you are a sufferer of droopy eyelids, sagging skin or deformities around the eyes that make you feel insecure about your appearance, you may consider having a blepharoplasty- also known as an eyelid lift - to correct these flaws. The first step is to consult with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to find out if you are the proper candidate for the procedure, what type of blepharoplasty you need (upper, lower eyelid or both) and what the risks are. If you are a candidate and are ready to have the procedure, here are some key points to assist you in your preparation for the procedure, as well as to aid in your recovery.

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Before the procedure

If you are a smoker, you will be urged to stop smoking in preparation for the procedure. You must also avoid taking aspirin and any anti-inflammatory drugs (including herbal supplements) as they may increase your risk of bleeding and bruising. You should have someone you can trust available to bring you to and from the surgery.

What to Expect After the Procedure

As this is an outpatient procedure, you will spend some time in recovery where you will be monitored until your doctor releases you to finish your recovery at home that same day (unless there are complications). It’s a good idea- if possible- to have someone to help you at home the night of the procedure as you may temporarily experience the following after the surgery:

Blurred vision, possible double vision and watery eyes

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Bruising around the eyes
  • Some pain and discomfort in the area
  • Caring for Your Eyes After Surgery


To heal properly, the best thing that you can do is take it easy for a week or so. The first day, you will want to apply an ice pack to the area every ten to fifteen minutes to bring down the swelling and ease discomfort. The next day, you may apply it every few hours and as the swelling decreases within the first few days, you may segue to using cold compresses instead. Acetaminophen can be taken to ease pain during this time.


Don’t rub your eyes or attempt to go swimming, work out vigorously or lift heavy objects. Keep your eyes covered from the sun and wind with dark, protective sunglasses. Do not attempt to wear contact lenses for the first few weeks after your surgery. Your doctor will tell you when it is okay.

As with your pre-op instructions, you shouldn’t smoke or use any medications that contain aspirin or naproxen as they can increase bleeding and bruising.

As with any surgery - but especially a plastic surgery procedure on your face- you want to practice your due diligence to ensure you have the best doctor in Calgary on hand. Dr. Kristina Zakhary is an expert in her field and has performed over 1,000 successful cosmetic facelift procedures. Don’t trust your face to just anyone- trust it to the best!