There are several important questions to ask when selecting your surgeon for a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, procedure. The first and most critical question to ask is whether the plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. For safety, patients should only seek a board certified plastic surgeon to perform their surgical procedures. Also inquire on the surgeon’s references and experiences with blepharoplasty and facial plastic surgery. Does the surgeon specialize in blepharoplasty only or perform other procedures as well? In addition, you may want to ask if the doctor has any before and after photos of previous patients so you can see real results for yourself. Take a look at Dr. Epstein’s extensive blepharoplasty photo gallery for examples.
Preparing for Surgery
Next, it is very important to learn how best to prepare for surgery. Knowing how long it will take to recover is an important piece of information for planning a return to work and/or normal activities. Also discuss any possible complications or risks that might arise from the eyelid surgery and how likely they are to occur. As a potential patient, you may even be able to speak to previous patients that have already had the same procedure. Another potential question for those patients who may not be comfortable with going under the knife is to ask if there are any available alternatives to surgery. There are a variety of facial procedures that may best suite your needs, such as brow lift, full facelift and non-surgical facial fillers.
Location and Aftercare
After selecting your surgeon and learning how to best prepare for the procedure, it is important to know where the surgery will be performed – within your doctors’ own facilities or at a hospital. It is good to know what type of aftercare is available and the number of follow-up visits that may be needed. For patients travelling from out of town, this will be especially important. For a world-renowned reputation such as Dr. Epstein’s, patients often find the best care is worth travelling for.
The final question is one that you the patient must ask yourself – how comfortable and relaxed do you feel with the doctor and their abilities as a professional? You should be confident with the doctor you have selected, that they will be able to provide you with high quality care and the most natural results that meet your desired goals.