The first step a patient should take when they are considering eyelid surgery is to schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon. The success of the surgery will depend to an extent on how well the consultation process is accomplished. The patient should actively engage in the consultation process in order to achieve their personal aesthetic goals.
A structured consultation process will cover key aspects such as patient education about eyelid surgery, determining the candidacy, and creating a custom surgical plan. Profound and tremendous plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides eyelid surgery to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and surrounding locations in the Empire State of the South.
Educating the Patient
During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient about the potential treatment options and surgical techniques that may be relevant to their situation. The patient should feel free to ask questions and clear their concerns about the procedure as well as the professional credentials of the surgeon.
The surgeon or their staff will also apprise the patient about the estimated costs of eyelid surgery and discuss the payment methods and financing options.
Assessing Cosmetic Goals
At the time of initial consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will try to assess the reasons why the patient wants to receive eyelid surgery and what exactly about their eye appearance may be bothering them.
Once the surgeon has more clarity about the patient’s inherent aesthetic needs with regard to their eyelids and upper face, they will incorporate those inputs to create a custom eyelid surgery plan.
The surgeon will review the patient’s medical records at the time of consultation to determine their fitness for eyelid surgery. They will examine the patient’s eye anatomy, degree of skin laxity in the eyelids, brows and forehead, and look for any signs of untreated infection in the eyelid area. The patient should cooperate with the surgeon’s requests and inform them about any underlying health condition or history of allergies.
The patient should disclose information related to any specific lifestyle habits such as smoking or drinking. They should also provide a list of all the prescription and non-prescription medications that they may be currently using. If the patient has receive an eye surgery previously, including LASIK, they should inform the surgeon.
The surgeon may give instructions about avoiding smoking for a specified time period, may adjust the schedule of current medications, and in a few cases, may also order additional tests or seek clearance from the physician to perform eyelid surgery. Awesome and committed plastic surgeon Dr. McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and nearby areas for eyelid surgery.
Preparation and Recovery Instructions
The patient will receive proper instructions from the surgeon or their team to prepare for the eyelid procedure. The surgeon may advise the patient to apply for leave from their workplace for about one week from the date of surgery.
The surgeon will also recommend the patient to arrange for transportation to return home after the procedure, and arrange for aftercare, if required in the days following the eyelid surgery.