The consultation with your surgeon prior to the surgery is an important part of preparing for surgery. The consultation is your opportunity to address any concerns you may have. It’s the perfect time to ask questions about what you can expect during the surgical journey or anything about the process. There’s a lot to cover and it’s easy to forget important questions. It’s always a good idea to make a list ahead of time with the key questions you want to ask your surgeon. Here are some helpful questions you want to ask:

Questions about the Surgeon

Where did you complete your residency training?
How many years of experience do you have?
Do you specialize in facial plastic surgery?
How long have you been performing this particular type of eyelid surgery? 
Can you tell me how many of these procedures you’ve done approximately?

It’s perfectly normal to question your surgeon about their medical background and experience. Your eyes are in their hands, therefore it’s expected you’ll want to ensure they’re someone you feel comfortable with and trust.

Questions about the Procedure

Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions regarding eyelid surgery. We’ve also provided some answers to these questions, but you’ll still want to go over them with your surgeon.

Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Surgeons typically evaluate each patient on an individualized basis to determine if they are a good candidate for surgery. All patients have unique anatomy and their own reasons for seeking surgery. Your surgeon will examine you and ask you what your goals are for the eyelid surgery. At the end of the consultation, you will know if you’re a good candidate. If you aren’t, alternative treatment options will likely be offered to help address your concerns. 

An ideal candidate for surgery is:
Motivated to have surgery
Can set aside the time for healing
Has no significant health issues
Has realistic expectations

What age is best for eyelid surgery?

The best age likely depends on your anatomy and genetic aging process as signs of aging begin at different ages. There is often not one hard and fast age rule for eyelid lifts, but you’ll want to discuss it with your surgeon. If you’re in your 30s, some issues can be solved with nonsurgical options such as lasers and Botox. However, the signs of aging start becoming more apparent in your mid-30s and eyelid surgery becomes more common.

Is surgery covered by insurance?

In some cases, eyelid surgery may be covered by health insurance if the upper lids are reducing your vision. Some lid surgeries are classified as reconstructive and may be covered, depending on the provider. 

Is surgery painful?

Patients often find there is minimal pain following the eyelid surgery, but it is not unusual to have some discomfort after surgery. Discuss pain management and the need for any painkillers with your surgeon. 

How long is a typical recovery period?

In the majority of cases, you can expect to have visible bruising and swelling for about 2-4 weeks after the surgery. You can usually return to work and resume normal physical activity after 2 weeks. Taking a week off from work to recover is common for most eyelid surgeries. 

Some Additional Questions to Ask

Where is the surgery going to be performed – a surgery center or hospital? 
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery?
Are there financing options for the surgery?
What are the potential risks and complications?
Will there be visible scars?
How long will my results last?
How do you handle complications?
What type of anesthesia do you use?

An eyelid surgery can be an amazing option for those people looking to whose tired eyes are restored with a more open eyed brighter look.  If you would like to see if an eyelid surgery may be a good option for you, get in touch with Dr. Julie Edween today.