FAQs - Oculoplasty

What should I expect at my initial consultation?

Prior to any surgical or non-surgical procedure, we will carefully review your concerns as well as your other medical conditions and all your medications. Once we arrive at the appropriate intervention the procedure will be discussed and all your questions will be answered.

What should I expect on the day of surgery?

You will asked to arrive between one to two hours prior to surgery for the nursing staff to greet and prepare you for the operating room. Normally you will be called the day before to confirm the time of arrival. The staff will review your medical history and medications. The anesthesiologist will also meet with to review the anesthesia plan and to answer any questions you may have. Finally, the surgical team will greet you in the preoperative holding area to confirm the surgical plan, answer any questions and the mark the surgical site.

Immediately after your surgery, you will recover in the post-operative area of the surgical center. You may have a cold compresses and ointment in your eyes so don’t be alarmed that your vision is blurred or obscured. While you recover a nurse and recovery team will be available at all times. Once you are fully recovered you will be able to have something to light to drink and eat.

Please have bags of frozen peas or cold compresses at home ready for use. And please review the pre-operative instructions that have more specific details (link).

Final note to smokers: please reduce or stop smoking 2-3 weeks before and after surgery to allow accelerate healing, reduce risk of infections, and improve your surgical outcomes.

What should I expect during the post-operative period?

For a few days your vision may be blurry due to the ointment that is used on your eyes, as well as normal post-operative swelling. Have someone reliable assist you the night after surgery.

Recovery is usually well tolerated by most patients. Pain is normally mild to moderate and can be controlled with over the counter pain medications or stronger prescription strength medications.

Remember to use ice packs for the first 2-3 days after surgery as this reduced swelling and helps with any pain. And please review the post-operative instructions that have more specific details (link).

What are the risks and complications of Oculoplasty surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that may occur despite the best circumstances and efforts. Patients have the right and responsibility to be completely informed about the procedure including the specific benefits, risks, and alternatives. These will be reviewed with you and ultimately you will decide if the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks and complications.

Pain, excessive bleeding, infection, and failure to improve the function and appearance of the eyelids and eye are all rare but will be detailed during your consultation.

Will my insurance cover my surgery?

Not all conditions or concerns are covered by insurance plans. After your consultation additional testing may be required to document the medical necessity of the condition prior to insurance covering the cost of the procedure. Should this be deemed an aesthetic or cosmetic concern, we can discuss that with you and present alternatives.