Making the decision to get upper eyelid surgery is a great choice if you have unsightly bags or sagging areas of skin around your eyes. When you go in for your first consultation, your surgeon will sit down with you and go through all of the different possible procedures to fit the outcome that you expect to receive. There are a couple different options for you at this point, including upper blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery), lower blepharoplasty (lower eyelid surgery), and full blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery on all four of the eyelids). The procedure is typically the same for each type of eyelid surgery, with the only difference being that a full blepharoplasty will take longer to complete than either of the other two types.
As a general rule, an upper eyelid surgery will not take more than 90 minutes, and may even take as little as 30 minutes to complete. This form of surgery, while invasive, requires minimal incisions and comes with a markedly expedited healing and recovery time compared to other forms of surface cosmetic surgery. Here are a few guidelines and tips that will help you protect your eyesight and make the most out of your transformative procedure.
The initial step in receiving a surgery like this is to first choose a surgeon to perform it. There's nothing wrong with going around to several clinics to consult with a few different options. The surgeon that you choose should be fully certified and up to date with the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Anyone who receives this certification has to have thorough training in both facial and neck reconstructive surgery, and as such should have a complete knowledge of facial anatomy, which needless to say is something that comes in handy if you're going to be a facial surgeon.
There's nothing wrong with asking your surgeon about his past experience and his education and training. He is the person that should be selling you on the decision, not the other way around. Inquire about his past clients and any problems that typically crop up with his procedures. If you feel like he isn't being completely honest with you it's probably better to go somewhere else. A good surgeon shouldn't have anything to hide, even if he has a history of botched procedures. Cosmetic upper eyelid surgery isn't devoid of risks; every surgeon knows that.
When you first meet with the surgeon that you choose to perform the surgery, he will probably give you a full packet of information about the procedure at least two weeks before the scheduled operation date. The packet will have information about the surgery, what to expect during it, and how to prepare and recover. There's most likely going to be a list of things that you should avoid for a few days before the operation begins. Usually it's going to have basic items that act as blood thinners, such as aspirin and ibuprofen. You might also be asked to stop smoking for a few days before and after the surgery.