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Plan Your Eyelid Surgery Well

By Charles Hopkins Published 06/2/2006 | Beauty

There was a time when the cosmetic surgeries were regarded as the monopoly of the rich and affluent. But days have changed and so changed the medical science and its applications. As a result, various types of cosmetic surgeries are today well in reach of the common people. What is needed a little planning and you will be able to get rid of the genetic defects or facial damages due to aging. Then with common people becoming more and more aware of the facades of plastic surgery and with so many authentic sources over the internet, it is no longer difficult to get necessary information to plan in advance and plan well for an eye lid surgery.

What You Get and What You Do Not Get From Eye Lid Surgery

First you have to know what an eye lid surgery is and the results it can really offer. Eye lid surgery is a branch of cosmetic surgery that renders a fresh look to your appearance by removing the excess fats under your lower eye lid or drooping excess skin, fat or muscles over the upper eyelid. An eye lid surgery will help you to come out of the haggard look due to the droopiness of your eyelids and also make you look younger minus the puffiness around your eye areas. It is however not capable of eliminating the fine lines called crows feet from the surrounding areas of your eyes. At the same time the, eye lid surgery keeps your unique facial features intact and also retains the characteristics of your ethnic identity.

Know Whether You Are Eligible For Eye Lid Surgery

Men and women alike can be the candidates for eye lid surgery. If you are over thirty five years of age and concerned about the increasing bagginess around your eye areas, you can consider an eye lid surgery. However, if you are younger, but dissatisfied about how your eyes look due to genetic factors, can also take recourse of eye lid surgery. The only condition that applies that you should be normally healthy and not scared of surgery and also matured enough not to expect too much from the surgery, as every cosmetic operation have their own limitations and yield different results for different individual.

However if you suffer from the problems like hypothyroidism and Graves' disease, dry eye,  high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, you are not an ideal candidate for eye lid surgery. Then if you have a detached retina or glaucoma, you should consult an ophthalmologist first before going for the operation.


A well planned operation means more monetary saving as well as best result. If you plan well in advance you can reach out to the best option in the industry. If you consider an eye lift surgery, go through the following steps of planning.

Consultation with the Surgeon

The initial consultation with your plastic surgeon is the most important part of planning. The consultation has various aspects. First you have to have an open discussion with your surgeon regarding your expectations and objective of taking up this project.

You have to furnish in this stage all the necessary information regarding your medical history. It includes the allergy information, specific drugs you are using and other general life style information as your smoking habit etc.

A crucial part of this initial visit is providing all your ophthalmologic records. Your vision and amount of tear production are also tested. If you wear spectacles or contact lens, you have to produce them in the time of first consultation.

The photographs are important part of pre-operative planning process. They will help in setting the objective right and getting the effect of your expectation.

On the basis of this preliminary investigations, you will be explained the techniques and type of anesthesia that will be applied at the time of operation. You will also be informed about the probable risks.

The doctors office will also let you know the total costs involved. The cost factor is important, as eye lid surgery is usually not covered by insurance policies unless your ophthalmist certifies that your vision is despaired by the drooping eyes. You have to check provisions with this regard with your insurer beforehand.

Preparation for Surgery

Preparation for surgery includes taking and avoiding certain medicines including vitamin and other drugs, specific guidelines regarding food intake, drinking and smoking. The guidelines relating to these matters will be provided by the surgeons office and you have to follow them strictly to avoid any kind of complications at the time of operation.

The preparation is not complete until you arrange with someone who can drive you back to home after operation and stay with you for a couple of days if necessary.

Last but not least, clear all your doubts beforehand by asking your surgeon any question you are unsure about. This will prevent forming unrealistic expectations and teach you to accept the result as it comes.