They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, and they’re definitely one of the first things that people notice about you. But, what is a Lake County man or woman to do if he or she has sagging, drooping eyelids that make them always look tired, or even droop to the point they obstruct vision?
If you have one of these problem areas, it might be time to consider blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery. Able to address problems with both the upper eyelid, lower eyelid and dark circles under your eyes, many Lake County patients of Dr. Frank are amazed at the results eyelid surgery can deliver.
Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation
When you decide to consult with Lake County’s Dr. Frank, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and discuss your problem areas and desired outcomes directly with him, and not a patient coordinator. This is because Dr. Frank wants to develop a relationship with you, so you are comfortable working with him every step of the way for your eyelid surgery. During this initial meeting, Dr. Frank will perform a facial examination to identify the most common problem areas of the eyes, including:
- Heavy lower eyelids that display significant drooping, and/or having bulging areas of fat
- A persistently “tired” look on your face, no matter how well rested you are in actuality
- Wrinkly and heavy upper eyelids, which may sag so much that they obstruct your vision
Unlike other Lake County plastic surgery practices, Dr. Frank makes sure his patients always receive a full quote for their estimated surgery costs, including the surgery fee, facility fee, medication fees, etc. And because he’s so concerned with you getting the best possible outcome for your unique case, his practice will work with insurance companies in attempts to have them cover eyelid surgery costs when the patient’s drooping upper eyelids are significantly obstructing vision. Understand that insurance companies frequently consider eyelid surgery as “cosmetic” and not medically necessary.
Understanding Eyelid Surgery and Vision
It’s important that potential Lake County eyelid surgery patients who have obstructed vision understand that the procedure won’t improve their visual acuity – meaning how sharp or blurry they see, or their peripheral vision. It may, however, remove the obstruction in the upper portion of your field of vision, depending on how much your eyelids droop.*
Is Eyelid Surgery Right For You?
Not every Lake County resident who desires eyelid surgery will be an ideal candidate for the procedure. In order to become a patient of Dr. Frank’s, you must:
- Pass all preoperative tests, including a preoperative appointment by your general practitioner to clear you for elective surgery
- Be in good general overall health or, if you do have an existing medical condition, have it controlled so that it doesn’t interfere with your surgery
- Listen to Dr. Frank about the blepharoplasty procedure and communicate back to him that you have realistic expectations
- Be a non-smoker, as smoking constricts your blood vessels and may interfere both with the surgery itself and unnecessarily extend your recovery time
- Be in good psychological health
What To Expect During Eyelid Surgery
When it’s time for your surgery, you’ll arrive at a local accredited surgical facility having fasted for 12 hours. This is to ensure the safe administration of general anesthesia, so you are completely comfortable and unaware during the procedure. You’ll be sent to the operating room, where Dr. Frank will use his artistic skill and technical knowledge to work his magic.
The incisions and techniques that Dr. Frank uses will all depend on which problem areas you are addressing:
- To reduce upper eyelid sagging and drooping, Dr. Frank will make an incision where the eye crease should be so that he can excise unwanted skin and remove fatty deposits.
- To work on lower eyelid sagging or to address deep under eye circles, Dr. Frank may make an incision either on the lash line or underneath the eyelid, whichever makes the most sense for your unique case and anatomy.
For most patients, blepharoplasty will take about one to one and a half hours for Dr. Frank to perform.* After your surgery, you’ll be transferred to a recovery room, where you’ll awaken from the effects of anesthesia. Most eyelid surgery patients are able to return home the same day,* though you will need to arrange for a ride home due to the strong medications you received to put you to sleep for your surgery.
What Is The Recovery From Eyelid Surgery Like?
For the best postoperative experience, Dr. Frank recommends his eyelid surgery patients ice their eyes via a cold pack mask for 48 hours post-surgery. Typically, blepharoplasty patients need about five days to rest and recover, after which they can begin wearing makeup again* to disguise any remaining bruising they may have. Most Lake County patients see the final results from their procedure within one month.*
Choose Dr. Frank in Lake County For Eyelid Surgery
Whether your eyelids make you look exhausted or aged, or are interfering with your vision, Dr. Frank wants to help. Contact his offices today to schedule an initial consultation and check out what our patients have to say about their experience.