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A 58-year-old member asked:

Does taking vitamin c help with bursing when you have surgury on your eye lids-before the surgery? if so how much and soon i this is called the baggie eye lid surgury

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Dr. Sayed Jovkar
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
You : You need to discuss this question with your surgeon. There is no uniform consensus. Some surgeons prescribe high dose vitamin c for 1 to 2 weeks prior to blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) since it may help the healing process and reduce bruising. Some surgeon believe that vitamin c needs to be discontinued shortly after surgery. The most important thing to do is to give a detailed list of all your medications to your surgeon; this includes prescription medications (specially blood thinning medications), and over-the-counter medications such as pain medications, vitamins, herbal medicines, supplements etc. Ask your surgeon about arnica montana, bromelain, and pineapple juice, which may help to reduce swelling. What is most important is what you and your surgeon decide together is best for you. Good luck ... -- the information above is of general medical nature and does not constitute medical advice or treatment. It does not create a patient-doctor relationship. It is not a substitute for an opinion from an ophthalmologist who has personally examined your eyes. -- sayed jovkar, md, frcsc www.Jovkar.Com los gatos, ca.
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Dr. Stephen Klapper
Facial Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Eyelid Skin Care: Vitamin c based skin care products may have some benefits in skin maintenance. You should consult with your eyelid surgeon before applying any products prior to surgery. Some vitamins and herbal agents should be avoided around the time of surgery while others are believed to promote healing and perhaps minimize postoperative bruising. Its always best to discuss your concerns with your surgeon.
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