Oculoplastic Surgery – Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the questions that people frequently ask when considering facial cosmetic surgery. If you think of other questions not included here, please call us toll free at 800-824-2688. We’re happy to answer your questions!
The first sign you may need eyelid surgery is if people start to ask if you feel tired, angry, or sad when you’re not. You may also notice that your eyelids are sagging or you seem to appear tired or older. You may have trouble holding your eyes up while reading in the late afternoon. The best way to know if you are a good candidate for eyelid or brow surgery is to have an examination with our surgeon.
Dr. Hauck will meet personally with you to examine and evaluate you. A qualified technician will work with you beforehand, performing various eye tests and measurements to assist in Dr. Hauck’s evaluation. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Hauck will explain the procedure from beginning to end. This explanation will include a customized surgical technique that would be most appropriate for your condition, and a step-by-step explanation of what the recovery will be like. You will then meet with the patient care coordinator, who will explain the scheduling details, insurance benefits, and the cost.
Sometimes. If your vision is restricted by your upper eyelids or brows and you meet your insurance’s specific medical criteria, insurance may pay for your surgery. If you want to learn more about insurance coverage or payment options for lid and brow surgery, please contact the Medical Eye Center to schedule an examination.
After any facial surgical procedure, some discomfort can be expected. Most patients tolerate recovery from eyelid and brow surgery with over the counter Tylenol. At times, patients are provided with prescriptions for pain medication. Patients sometimes use the prescription medication two to three days after surgery and then switch to Tylenol. It is uncommon for patients to report unmanageable pain after lid and brow surgery.
For upper eyelid surgery, the incision hides very nicely in the eyelid groove crease above the eye. Sometimes the outer edge is visible under the eyebrow. This is usually most noticeable in the first two months after surgery and will often soften and fade greatly over time. Women can use make-up to camouflage this area. Browlifts may be performed in several different ways, so the incision site will vary. If a brow lift is recommended, Dr. Hauck will discuss your incision line placement in more detail during your evaluation. We also offer laser treatments to minimize the appearance of old or new scars.
It is very important to take it easy, rest and relax for the first week. Cold compresses for the first 72 hours help minimize bruising and swelling. Keeping the head elevated for the first few days also helps. Vigorous exercise should be avoided that first week as well. Many patients return to work in a few days. It may be an average of 7-10 days before most patients feel comfortable in social gatherings.
Dr. Hauck performs most surgeries in the Medical Eye Center’s specialty Surgery Center, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Medical Eye Center. Surgeries in our Surgery Center are performed under IV sedation by a certified registered nurse anesthetist and a local anesthetic. Often times, patients who do not require IV sedation may prefer to have the surgery performed in Dr. Hauck’s clinical minor procedure room under oral sedation and local anesthesia. At your evaluation, Dr. Hauck will discuss your options with you in more detail.
Restrictions will depend upon the procedure you have. You will be given post-procedure care instructions that are specific to your procedure. Please refer to that form for any restriction information.
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I’m not ready for cosmetic surgery. Is there anything I can do to improve the appearance around my eyes?
Non-invasive and non-surgical options including Botox, Dermal Fillers, and Laser Treatments may be good choices for patients who, for a variety of reasons, may not be ready for surgery. Learn more about the many alternatives to surgery at the RENEW at Medical Eye Center website.