Whether you are planning for reconstructive eyelid surgery to restore your vision or aesthetic eyelid surgery to restore a more youthful appearance, there are things you can do to prepare. In Philadelphia, eyelid surgery (also called, blepharoplasty) is performed to rejuvenate the area around the eyes by addressing droopy, puffy, or baggy upper eyelids, or bags under your eyes. Like any surgery, being prepared can improve healing and overall outcomes.
To learn more about our aesthetic facial plastic surgery, including the blepharoplasty procedure, at Morgenstern Center for Orbital and Facial Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, please call us at 610.687.8771.
During Your Consultation
At your consultation, you will meet one on one with our experienced oculoplastic surgeons Dr. Ken Morgenstern or Dr. Joseph Giacometti. Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Giacometti will take the time to go over all of your options and discuss any concerns you may have. They will assess your eyelids to determine if blepharoplasty is the right procedure for the functional and aesthetic outcome you desire. During your consultation, you will discuss:
- Your medical history. Information will be collected on any previous surgeries, eye conditions like dry eyes or glaucoma, allergies, circulatory problems, thyroid problems or diabetes among other things. In addition, Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Giacometti will ask about any medications or supplements you are taking as well as any use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs that can impact your surgery.
- Your expectations. To get the best outcome from your eyelid surgery, be frank and honest about your hopes and your motivation for your eyelid surgery. Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Giacometti will discuss all of your options and help you determine if you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty.
Before Your Eyelid Surgery
In preparation for the surgery itself, there are several steps that will be taken. You will undergo a physical examination to test your vision and the function of your eyes. Your eyelids will be measured and photographed to document their current condition and help Dr. Morgenstern and Dr. Giacometti plan the surgery. In preparation for you surgery, we ask that you:
- Stop using any NSAID medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen for two weeks before and after surgery.
- Quit smoking or using tobacco for several weeks before your surgery. Smoking can interfere with your ability to heal following surgery.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home following your surgery.
- Arrange for someone to care for you for the first night after your surgery.
If you have any questions about eyelid surgery, please contact Morgenstern Center for Orbital and Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with experienced oculoplastic and ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Ken Morgenstern or Dr. Joseph Giacometti. We serve patients in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Main Line or Wayne Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.