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How Do You Plan For Surgery?

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 13:38

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Your surgeon probably will suggest an initial consultation. He or she will discuss your condition, expectations, and probable results. Your surgeon may require you to have your vision and tear production assessed by an eye doctor. You'll need to discuss whether

  • to do all four eyelids or just the upper or lower ones,
  • skin as well as fat will be removed
  • any additional procedures, such as facelift or brow lift, are appropriate.

Be prepared to have your "before" pictures taken. Inform the surgeon of any allergies or any vitamins or medications (prescription or over-the-counter) you are taking.

After you and your surgeon decide on the type of eyelid surgery, you will discuss the technique indicated for your individual procedure. Together, you will discuss the type of anesthesia, surgical facility, any supportive surgery, and the risks and cost involved.

  • Ask any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.

(Note: Most insurance policies don't cover eyelid surgery, unless you can prove that drooping upper lids interfere with your vision. Check with your insurer.)

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