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Blepharoplasty – FAQs

Where will the blepharoplasty surgery be performed?
The surgery is performed at ambulatory surgery centers that are accredited by the Association for ambulatory healthcare and Medicare and are located on or near campus of major hospitals where the doctors have admitting privileges.

Can you perform the surgery in a hospital if I’m not comfortable at an outpatient facilty?
Of course. A major concern is our patient’s peace of mind and sense of well being.

What type of anesthesia do you use?
General anesthesia is often used, but the procedure can be performed with local anesthetic and sedation.

Does general anesthesia increase the cost of my procedure?

Will I be charged for follow up appointments? Is the cost of medications included in the final cost?
There will be no charge for postoperative appointments. Medication costs are not included but may be offset by your health insurance.

When can I eat after surgery?
You will be able to have liquids the night of surgery, and progress as tolerated to solid food.

When can I drive?
When you are no longer taking pain medication.

What are the risks involved with the procedure?
Bleeding, infection, and scars that may pull on the eyelid.

How long is the surgery?
Typically between one to two hours.

Under what circumstances would I need to stay overnight?
Eyelid surgery is typically outpatient surgery. If performed in combination with other procedures, an overnight stay may be recommended or required.

Do I have to stay in bed after surgery?
It is best to rest, either in bed or with your head elevated or in a comfortable chair. You will need to avoid all strenousous activities for two weeks.

Will the blepharoplasty surgery affect my vision?
Initially your vision may be blurry from the antibiotic ointment that is placed in your eyes. There should be no changes in your vision after you have fully recovered from surgery.

Will blepharoplasty change the shape of my eyes?
In standard blepharoplasty, the shape of your eyes will not change. Some patients will request or even require tightening of the ligament that supports the corner of the lower lid (canthoplasty/canthopexy). This can be used to prevent the lower lid from retracting following surgery or restore and upward slant to the lower lid.