While eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is a relatively minor surgery, it is still a complex procedure as it involves the delicate eye area.
During the pre-op consultation, the patient should openly ask questions and educate themselves on various facets of the procedure and the surgeon’s background before making a final decision.
Patients should ideally create a list of all their questions in advance and carry this list to the consultation. Oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Tanya Khan provides advanced eye care to patients in Austin, Dallas, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Are you board certified in ophthalmology?
The eyelid surgeon should ideally be board-certified in ophthalmology as well as possess further specialized training in oculoplastics. Board-certified eye surgeons typically invest in the highest quality standards and best practices, pursue on-going education, and follow the latest safety protocols.
How many years of training and experience do you have in eyelid procedures?
The patient should have clarity on how much medical and surgical training the surgeon possesses and the actual practical experience that they have in the area of eye care.
It is important to work with a surgeon with the requisite skill and experience, especially for a complex procedure such as blepharoplasty.
Have you performed blepharoplasty in the past?
Certain eye care providers may have vast expertise in the area of eye procedures. However, they may not be as well-versed in eyelid lift surgery or similar procedures. It is vital for the patient to select a surgeon with an in-depth comprehension of the facial and eye structure, and one who has undertaken facial and eye rejuvenation procedures in the past.
Which surgical facility would you recommend for my eyelid surgery?
The oculoplastic surgeon will typically have an option to perform the eyelid lift surgery at an accredited surgical center, a hospital, or a private surgical suite. The surgeon should present the patient with these options and recommend the most suitable facility, depending on the needs of the patient.
Would you use general or local anesthesia?
The surgeon may recommend eyelid lift surgery to be undertaken either using general anesthesia or local anesthesia. The patient should understand whether an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist will administer the anesthesia and oversee the entire procedure.
What are the possible risks and complications?
Similar to any surgery, there are certain risks and complications associated with blepharoplasty surgery. The patient should understand these possible risks to make an enlightened decision.
Questions About the Costs
- What are the approximate costs of the eyelid lift surgery procedure at your practice?
- Do the approximate costs include expenses related to the surgical facility and anesthesia?
- What would the cost of post-op necessities, such as prescription medications and tests, be?
- Are the expenses related to the post-op appointments included in the estimate?
- Will I be eligible for insurance coverage for a part of the blepharoplasty procedure in certain circumstances?
- Will your office be able to provide me with information on potential medical care financing options?
The patient should make a final choice of the blepharoplasty surgery only after they are fully satisfied with the surgeon’s answers to their questions. They may enlist questions beforehand and take this list to the surgeon’s office to ensure that they do not miss out of any important questions.
Board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Tanya Khan receives patients from Austin, Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for safe and proven eye care procedures.
Offices in Dallas and Austin, Texas.