Upper Eyelid Surgery Prior To Surgery

Prior to Upper Eyelid Surgery


  1. Avoid sunbathing for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  2. Quit smoking at least 6 weeks prior to surgery as nicotine can impair and delay healing. If this is a problem be sure to alert Joseph T Cruise, MD.
  3. Stop all aspirin containing products, medications that contain blood thinners (Motrin, Advil etc.) vitamin E and herbal supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery. You can take 1 multivitamin a day.
  4. Make sure all requested labs and doctor's clearance are delivered to Joseph T Cruise, MD's office on time.


  1. Medications
  2. ScarLess®. ScarLess® is a prescription strength cream with vitamin E, silicone and Hydrocortisone to help minimize redness and elevation of the scars. You can purchase ScarLess® at our office.
  3. Gauze. Make sure to have a box of 4x4 gauze. You can purchase at drug store.
  4. Hydrocortisone Cream 1% - over the counter at any drug store.


  1. Arnica - www.alpinepharm.com (888) 746-3224 - may decrease bruising, or help it to go away faster. Patients with high blood pressure should not take this herb.

DAY OF SURGERY - under local anesthesia

  1. Don't eat or drink anything for 2 hours before procedure.
  2. Shower and shampoo your hair dry, if possible pull it back into a pony tail.
  3. Cleanse your face. Do not wear makeup or moisturizers on your face or eyes.
  4. Do not bring any jewelry or valuables with you on the day of surgery.
  5. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Wear flat, comfortable shoes. Remove contact lenses, dentures and all jewelry.
  6. Someone must drive you home and stay with you the first night.
  7. Take 1 Xanax and 2 pills of antibiotic 2 hours before. Bring the rest with you.
  8. Arrive half hour prior to your scheduled surgery time.