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Eyelid Surgery Advice for a Diabetic?

Any advice for a diabetic having eyelid surgery for upper eyelids and bag under eyes?

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Eyelid surgery in Diabetics


Infection is the main concern but not a contraindication. Here are the steps you need to take before having the surgery.

1. Optimize glucose control by working with your family physician or endocrinologist.

2. Make sure to start an oral antibiotic 3 days before surgery

3. Get an intravenous antibiotic on the morning of surgery just before the surgery starts.

4. Make sure you surgeon uses Betadine Ophthalmic to clean out the eyelid skin before and surgery and rinses them at the end with BSS.

5. Resume your oral antibotics after surgery and keep taking them until you finish.


Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Blepharoplasty in a Diabetic Patient


Hi Barb,

Make sure that your diabetes is under control. You need to see your diabetes physician before surgery and make sure that there is communication with your eye lid surgeon. By taking measures before, during, and after your surgery, your blood sugar levels should be managed and you should do very well.

Diabetics may take a little longer to heal, and are more prone to infection, but infection with blepharoplasty is almost unheard of.

Good luck, be well, and enjoy your refreshed eyes.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Diabetes and blepharoplasty


no problem as long as you are not brittle and have no occult cardiac disease. you should get the blessing of your MD and consider local with just a little sedation to avoid pulmonary issues. ironically, there is no study showing poor healing in elective surgery in diabetics under good control, just increased risk of cardiac complications.

Rafael C. Cabrera, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Eyelid surgery advice for a diabetic


Having Diabetes does not disqualify you from having such surgery. The critical factor is your surgeon. Choose wisely. Go with a Plastic Surgeon who is ABPS certified and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (

Good Luck.

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