The patient will have a chance to ask questions and express concerns regarding the eyelid surgery and the surgeon’s practice during the pre-operative consultation.
A devoted surgeon will offer in-depth and detailed answers to the patient’s questions enabling them to make an informed decision.
Ideally, the patient should enlist their questions beforehand and carry this list to the surgeon’s office for the initial consultation. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides eyelid surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities.
Are you board certified in plastic surgery?
Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery which should be performed only by a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon. Patients should ideally choose a board certified plastic surgeon for this procedure. These surgeons would have received at least three to five years on medical training with a minimum of two years of exclusive training in plastic surgery.
What is your past experience in performing blepharoplasty or facial surgery?
At times, a plastic surgeon may have significant experience in performing breast and body procedures. However, they may not be as proficient in upper face plastic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty.
The patient should seek to choose a surgeon with a detailed understanding of the face and eye structure and extensive training and experience in such surgical procedures. These surgeons will be able to customize the procedure depending on the unique needs of the patient making the eyelid lift procedure more precise and less invasive.
Where will my eyelid surgery take place?
In general, eyelid procedures are undertaken at accredited surgery centers, hospitals, and at times, a private surgical suite. There are advantages and limitations as well as cost variations associated with each surgical facility.
Would you use general or local anesthesia for my surgery?
The surgeon may perform the blepharoplasty under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The patient should also seek information on whether the anesthesia will be administered by an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist and whether they will be in attendance throughout the surgery.
What is the procedure for the eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is an individualized procedure and can be performed on the upper, lower, or both lids simultaneously. The surgeon will typically place incisions in the natural eyelid folds, crease of the upper lid and right beneath the lashes or behind the lower lid.
What will the recovery phase involve?
Eyelid surgery typically takes around seven to ten days. The sutures, if any, will be removed within the initial week. The patient must ensure that they give their eyes plenty of rest in the initial one or two weeks.
What are the risks and complications associated with eyelid surgery?
The patient should understand the potential risks and complications associated with blepharoplasty to make an informed decision.
What are the cost implications of eyelid surgery?
Blepharoplasty is typically undertaken for aesthetic reasons, which makes this an out of pocket expense for the patient. It is advisable for the patient to seek clarification on the procedure cost during the initial appointment as well as procure an estimate of all costs including before and after surgery expenses.
Experienced female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas in the majestic Lone Star State for eyelid lift surgery.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.