The prospect of surgery is daunting, and it’s no different with cosmetic surgery, especially if you’re thinking of undergoing plastic surgery on the eyes. At TabanMD in Beverly Hills, many of our patients are concerned about the chances of painful or undesirable side effects from a cosmetic eyelid surgery procedure.
We understand. First of all, your original focus is on addressing cosmetic concerns, such as droopy eyelids, that might make you look older than your biological age. We also realize that knowing what to expect and how to prepare beforehand can do wonders for your apprehension and even have you more relaxed about the cosmetic eyelid surgery and excited about the results it will yield.
Things to Consider Before a Facial Plastic Procedure
To prepare for eye surgery, ask as many questions as you can so that you’re as comfortable as possible going in. Otherwise, let’s take a look at several things that will help you get ready as your cosmetic facial plastic surgery date gets closer.
Expect – and Embrace – Nervousness
It’s almost guaranteed that you’re going to be at least a little nervous about the eyelid procedure. That’s okay – embrace it, don’t fight it. Use the nervousness to your advantage by doing all the little things to prepare that can help you relax.
Even if you follow all of the remaining suggestions that follow, you still might be nervous, which is natural, so just accept it (your blood pressure will thank you).
Temper Your Expectations
This should be your first step and a continuous process. Manage your expectations since cosmetic eyelid surgery is not a transformative procedure nor is it meant to be. The procedure is designed to enhance the appearance of your eyes.
If you do your homework, managing your expectations should be easy. Have an honest discussion with your surgeon about your hopes, motivation, and goals for the surgery, which will help lay the foundation for successful results.
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Next, finding the right oculoplastic surgeon is crucial. This seems too obvious to mention, but we know that some patients are so anxious about their condition or cosmetic issue as well as the potential recovery time, procedure results, etc., that they sometimes forget to make sure to choose a surgeon wisely.
Research your options and, if you’re not sure about a surgeon, try to be patient in finding an eye plastic surgeon who’s experienced, skilled, certified, and understanding. You want to work with a surgeon with whom you’re comfortable, which will go a long way in determining the success of the cosmetic eyelid surgery.
Ask about Procedure Location
As part of your due diligence, make sure that your cosmetic eyelid procedure will be performed in an accredited, appropriate surgical facility (such as your surgeon’s office), a licensed ambulatory surgery center, or a respected hospital.
While budgetary concerns are usually near the top of the list when considering plastic surgery of the eyes, be careful about shopping for the lowest price.
Inexpensive cosmetic eyelid surgery procedures may mean you get what you pay for. While we understand that patients may have a budget they need to stick to, sometimes an eye plastic surgeon who seems like a good bargain has little experience, confidence or training, which is reflected in their fees as well as their results.
You’ll Need Medical Evaluation, Lab Testing, Or Both
Your medical history: Your eye plastic surgeon should ask you questions about previous surgeries or conditions, including allergies, dry eyes, glaucoma, circulatory or thyroid problems, and more. You should also be asked about any vitamins, medications, herbal supplements, alcohol, and tobacco you regularly indulge in.
A physical examination
A vision examination: Your vision, peripheral vision, and tear production should be tested, and your eyelids will probably be measured.
Eyelid imaging: Your surgeon should photograph your eyes from different angles to help in planning for and assessing immediate and long-term results that cosmetic eyelid surgery brings.
Things to Avoid or Cease Doing (at least until after surgery and recovery)
- Avoid taking certain medications (or, simply adjust accordingly)
- Stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery, as it can reduce your ability to heal
- Cease taking aspirin, ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements for at least two weeks before surgery, as they can cause excess bleeding or bruising
Don’t Go (or Leave) Alone
You’re not going to be able to drive home after plastic surgery of the eyes, so arrange for a trusted loved one to drive you to and from the procedure. If you live alone, ask someone to stay with you the first night after surgery. You’ll be glad you did, as your movements will be limited.
To Learn More about Cosmetic Eye Surgery and Necessary Preparations, Contact Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon Dr. Taban
Los Angeles oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Mehryar “Ray” Taban has the skill, experience, and training you’re looking for, yet it’s his compassion and care for patients that makes anxiety-inducing cosmetic eyelid surgery less stressful. Contact Dr. Taban today to schedule a consultation or call our Beverly Hills location at 877.958.9277 or our Santa Barbara office at 805.669.9101.
Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban is one of the few board certified surgeons who is a member of the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), and the American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO or ABO). Dr. Taban specializes in eyelid and facial plastic (cosmetic and reconstructive) surgery. He uses the latest technology in surgery, including minimal incision techniques, to provide quicker recovery times and natural outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Taban here.