When an individual is considering undergoing eyelid lift cosmetic surgery, their first step should be to schedule a consultation with the surgeon of their choice. This will be a detailed consultation, which will form the basis for surgical planning for the eyelid lift procedure.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides eyelid lift and various other procedures to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding locations. Dr. Kaufman will engage closely with the patient during the initial consultation to help them make the right decisions.
Establishing Goals of Surgery
During the initial consultation process for eyelid lift cosmetic surgery, the surgeon will explain various treatment approaches, surgical techniques and their pros and cons. The estimated costs of each treatment option will also be discussed. The surgical procedure will be explained in detail in order to address the questions and concerns of the patient adequately.
The surgeon will try to understand the innate aesthetic needs, goals and aspirations of the patient and make appropriate recommendations for surgery. The surgeon will also work with the patient to establish reasonable expectations about the results of eyelid surgery. Depending on the patient’s unique needs and surgeon’s evaluation, additional procedures such as facelift, brow lift or cheek lift may be recommended.
The plastic surgeon will review the comprehensive medical history of the patient in order to determine if they are in a fit condition for eyelid lift procedure. If the patient is taking any medications or herbal supplements currently, the surgeon must be informed about it. Information about smoking, alcohol, previous surgeries, or refractive procedures such as LASIK should also be informed to the surgeon.
The surgeon may require a few medical tests or ask for medical clearance from the patient’s general physician, depending on the health assessment. Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas for eyelid lift surgery and other procedures.
Guidance and Precautions
The surgeon will advise the patient to observe certain precautions in the days preceding the surgery. If the patient is a smoker, they will have to completely stop smoking for at least two to four weeks prior to the surgery. Blood thinners such as aspirin, vitamin E, and herbal supplements will have to be stopped two weeks before the surgery.
If the patient is taking any prescription drugs, their schedule may have to be altered in consultation with the physician. All such tasks may be performed as part of the initial consultation. The surgeon will advise the patient about estimated post-operated downtime so that additional help at home and leave from work can be arranged in advance, as required.
During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon may present blepharoplasty before and after photos of previous patients. This will enable the patient to develop realistic expectations and feel assured about the surgeon’s past outcomes. The surgeon may also take a few photographs of the patient’s pre-surgical eye appearance in order to make comparisons after the surgery. Testimonials of previous patients may also be provided on request.