Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Eyelid Surgery

The pre-operative consultation for eyelid lift cosmetic surgery will provide an opportunity to the patient to ask questions from the surgeon and clarify any their doubts and concerns. The patient should preferably prepare a list of questions in advance. This will help to ensure that none of the important questions gets missed out during the consultation.

The first goal of a responsible surgeon will be to educate the patient about the eyelid surgery procedure, and help them make an informed choice.

The surgeon will take time to answer all questions in accurate details and in a patient-friendly language. Dignified, profound, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom provides eyelid surgery to patients in Chicago, IL, and other suburbs and communities in The Prairie State.


Are you board certified in plastic surgery?  

Eyelid surgery is a sensitive procedure involving the area around the eyes. It should ideally be performed by a fully trained and experienced surgeon. Choosing a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery would be a safe option. These surgeons would have undergone a minimum of three to five years of medical training, including at least two years exclusively in the field of plastic surgery.


Have you previously performed eyelid lift surgery or other facial procedures?

Sometimes a surgeon may be well-versed with procedures of the breast and body, but may not have performed upper face procedures such as eyelid lift. The patient should try to select a surgeon who has a clear understanding of the facial and eye anatomy, and has adequate training and experience in performing surgeries in these areas.


Where would you perform my eyelid surgery procedure?

An eyelid surgery may be performed at a hospital, an accredited surgery center, or sometimes at a private surgical suite. Each surgical venue will present its own benefits and limitations as well as have different costs associated with it. The patient should also check whether the surgeon is affiliated to one of the local hospitals so that they can have hospital access in case of an emergency.


Would you use general or local anesthesia?

Eyelid surgery is often performed using only local anesthesia and light sedation, but the surgeon may recommend general anesthesia if it the surgery is combined with other procedures. The patient should also know whether anesthesia would be performed by an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist, and would they remain present in the surgery room throughout.


How much will eyelid surgery cost me?

Eyelid surgery is primarily performed for cosmetic purposes, and the patient will have to pay for it out of their own pocket. Therefore, they should clarify the cost aspects at the first appointment, and have a clear estimate of all expenses involved. Insurance aspects should also be discussed if the surgery involves ptosis correction or removal of partial vision obstruction.


Does the surgery involve any risks and complications?

To make a well-considered decision, the patient should be aware of the potential risks and complications that may be associated with eyelid surgery. Dedicated and innovative cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL, and other neighborhoods and communities for eyelid surgery.