Any advice for a diabetic having eyelid surgery for upper eyelids and bag under eyes?
Eyelid Surgery Advice for a Diabetic?
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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.
Blepharoplasty in a Diabetic Patient
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.
Eyelid surgery advice for a diabetic?
That being said, well-controlled diabetes should equate a minimal increased risk for the above and surgical procedures still safe and a reasonable decision. You should ensure adequate glucose control always, but also obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician that you are at an acceptable risk for undergoing a surgical procedure. Laboratory results such as HgbA1C is a good measure of control. Discuss all of your medical comorbidities and medication with your surgeon prior and discuss these risks. Measures will be taken to check levels as well as maintain proper glucose control with appropriate fluids and medications. This procedure should still be very safe for you and hope for an uncomplicated course with an excellent result! Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
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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.
Cosmetic surgery for diabetic patients
It is acceptable for diabetic patients to have cosmetic upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery as long as their blood sugars are maintained within normal limits, and the healing process should be acceptable.
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 (www.plasticsurgery.org).
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