Deciding on Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Prior to any actual talks about the procedure and what you will be going through, your doctor should take some time to discuss several things with you about the surgery, what is needed from you, and what you should expect during and after the procedure. As with most any procedure, surgical or non-, your doctor should review with you your medical history and talk about any concerns he or she may have that may arise during the procedure. Your doctor should express higher concerns for discussions based on your tendency to scar, whether or not you have high blood pressure, do you smoke, and blood clotting tendencies.
Your doctor should also get a feeling for your mental and emotional attitude towards the procedure. He or she should make sure you are going in to the surgery with a positive attitude and realistic expectations.
Your general eye health should be a main topic for conversation. Questions regarding your vision, tear production, and use of contact lenses should be conversed.
During your initial consultation, your doctor should take several photographs of your face. This will allow your doctor to study your face and assess any problematic areas prior to surgery.
After all of the testing and discussions, you and your doctor need to come to an agreement on the outcome of the procedure. You need to agree on what your expectations are and ensure that you have a positive attitude going in to the surgery.
The final items of discussion should be more focused on the procedure. Your doctor should discuss with you the cost of the procedure, the facility in which the procedure will take place, where and how the doctor will perform the surgery (technique and location of incisions), and which type of anesthesia will be used during the surgery. You should also be made aware if there is any concern that there may need to be additional surgeries following your blepharoplasty. At times, a blepharoplasty procedure is followed by a brow lift to create an overall more youthful appearance around the eyes and the surrounding areas.
Make sure to ask your doctor any and all questions you have. Certainly ask if there are any expected complications and what options are available if they do arise.