A complex plastic surgery such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) should commence with an in-depth consultation to ensure that the outcomes are safe and predictable.
The consultation process forms the basis of a successful eyelid lift surgery. It allows the surgeon to develop a customized surgical plan, depending on the patient’s unique aesthetic and physical needs.
The patient should unhesitatingly as questions or express any concerns that they may have about the blepharoplasty during the consultation process. Also, this process offers the surgeon and the patient an opportunity to develop a good rapport with each other.
Oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Tanya Khan provides advanced eye care to patients in Austin, Dallas, Texas, and surrounding communities.
Educating the Patient
The main concern of the surgeon during the consultation process will be to educate the patient about various aspects of blepharoplasty and recommend the most suitable treatment options and techniques.
The patient should have clarity on all the possible risks and benefits of the procedure, the steps involved in the procedure, and details on the approximate costs as well as financing and insurance.
Cosmetic Goal Setting
At the time of the consultation, a primary aspect that the surgeon would like to assess is the patient’s reasons for seeking blepharoplasty. The surgeon will evaluate the exact sites in the eye region that bother the patient and will incorporate these inputs into a customized eyelid lift surgery plan.
The surgeon’s primary goal will be to undertake the surgery in a precise and least invasive manner while still addressing the aesthetic needs of the patient.
The surgeon will enable the patient to develop reasonable expectations from eyelid lift surgery. They may show blepharoplasty before and after photos to the patient during the initial consultation.
The patient should review these images carefully to develop a realistic understanding of the outcomes of this procedure. Certain patients choose to undergo an eyelid lift surgery in combination with a brow lift for more complete results.
The surgeon will assess the medical records of the patient and examine their overall medical condition. In addition, they will evaluate the patient’s eye structure level of skin laxity in the upper and lower lids, the extent of hollows and dark circles underneath the eyelids, skin type, and any indications of untreated infection.
On their part, the patient should honestly disclose their lifestyle behaviors, and any prescription or non-prescription medications that they are presently taking to the surgeon. In case they have undergone an eye procedure, such as LASIK, in the past, they should reveal this to the surgeon as well.
Pre- and Post-Op Care Instructions
At the time of the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will provide the patient with pre and post-op instructions. If the patient is a smoker, the surgeon will ask them to quit smoking for a specified period before and after the eyelid surgery.
In addition, they may alter the schedule of certain medications that the patient presently uses in discussion with the prescribing doctor. Board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Tanya Khan receives patients from Austin, Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for safe and proven eye care procedures.
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