Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that lifts and tightens the eyelids, allowing for a more refreshed and “awake” appearance. Over time, both the upper and lower eyelids begin to sag with excess skin. This can result in puffy or “baggy” lower eyelids, or sagging, droopy upper eyelids. Choosing a qualified surgeon for your blepharoplasty is a critical step as their skill can make the difference between a beautiful result and a botched one. The following will provide you with a guide to helping you choose the best surgeon.
Find a Specialist
Begin your search by seeking out a board certified plastic surgeon with a significant amount of experience in aesthetic facial and eyelid surgeries. Your surgeon should not just dabble in facial surgery as this is a very complex area with many nuances.
Check for Qualifications
Your surgeon should have excellent credentials. They should be true plastic surgeons that are board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They should also be members of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It is also fair for you to ask them how many facial surgeries they perform per year.
Request Before and After Pictures
Once you’ve selected a cosmetic surgeon, how can you be sure that you’ll like the results of their work? See if you can view some before-and-after pictures from the surgeon. Many surgeons will make these photos available to you during the consultation appointment.
Most importantly, a skilled plastic surgeon will be able to answer all of your questions without hesitation. Bring a list of critical questions to your consultation – if the surgeon can answer them all with confidence, you’re likely in good hands.
An experienced surgeon will also thoroughly explain all the intricacies of your eyelid surgery including preparation, risks, and what results you can realistically expect. When you finish up a consultation with an expert, you should feel a sense of confidence and a high level of trust with your surgeon. Few things are as important as having trust in your surgeon!