What should I expect during a consultation for eyelid surgery?Posted on July 20, 2019
An intricate cosmetic surgery procedure such as eyelid lift should begin with a detailed consultation to make sure that the results are safe and predictable.
A successful surgical procedure requires a detailed consultation process as its foundation. It enables the surgeon to create an individualized surgical plan depending on the unique cosmetic and anatomical needs of the patient.
At the time of the consultation process, the patient should unhesitatingly ask questions and voice any concerns that they may have about the blepharoplasty. This process also provides the surgeon and the patient a chance to develop a good relationship with one another.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides eyelid lift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
The primary concern for the surgeon during the consultation process will be to inform the patient on various facets of eyelid lift plastic surgery and recommend the most appropriate treatment options and techniques.
The patient must be clear on the potential risks and benefits of the eyelid lift surgery, the procedure steps, and details on approximate costs, financing, and insurance.
Cosmetic Goal Setting
During the consultation process, a key aspect that the surgeon would like to assess is the patient’s reason for seeking this procedure.
The surgeon will try to identify the exact areas of the patient’s eye appearance that bother them and include this feedback into a customized blepharoplasty surgery plan.
The objective of the surgeon will be to perform the surgery in a targeted and less invasive manner while still meeting the patient’s cosmetic goals.
The surgeon will help the patient in creating realistic expectations regarding the eyelid lift plastic surgery. They may also show the patient blepharoplasty before and after images during the initial consultation.
The patient should assess these photos closely to get a reasonable understanding of the results of this procedure. Some patients may choose to undergo eyelid surgery along with a brow lift to achieve their desired aesthetic goals.
The surgeon will assess the patient’s medical records and their general health condition. Additionally, they will evaluate the patient’s eye structure, level of skin laxity in the upper and lower lids, the extent of dark circles and depressions beneath the eyelids, skin type, and any indications of untreated infection.
The patient, on their part, should honestly disclose to the surgeon their lifestyle behaviors as well as prescription and non-prescription medications that they are currently taking.
If they have received an eye procedure, such as LASIK in the past, they should tell the surgeon about this as well.
Pre- and Post-Operative Care Guidelines
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will provide the patient with guidelines for preparing and recovering from the procedure.
In case the patient smokes, the surgeon will ask them to stop smoking for a specified duration before and after the blepharoplasty procedure. They may also change the schedule of specific drugs that the patient currently takes in discussion with the prescribing doctor.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for eyelid lift.
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