Consultation for Blepharoplasty

The private consultation with a plastic surgeon will help you in your decision making process. Therefore, it is useful to come prepared for this important encounter with your potential surgeon. Write down all questions you may have regarding the procedure and the cosmetic surgeon. Listen carefully, what the doctor tells you and try to understand his reasoning. Observing the office facility, the staff and the plastic surgeon may provide you with important non-verbal clues. Come alone if you can focus best one-on-one; or a significant other or friend should come along, if this helps you.

Consultations take place at the office of Dr. Frank P. Fechner, Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Should I Have Consultations with Multiple Plastic Surgeons Before my Eyelid Lift?

If your best friend had a blepharoplasty with only positive things to report, then you likely will only need to see this particular facial plastic surgeon. If you get various references from acquaintances, you may need to visit 2 or 3 cosmetic surgeons. But if you have no leads at all but find names in the yellow pages, more consultations maybe required until you find the right fit for your eyelid lift. Certainly, do not stop your search until you feel entirely comfortable and satisfied.

What Should You Expect from a Blepharoplasty Consultation?

Every plastic surgeon has a different approach to his practice in general and the initial consultation in particular. In some offices, you will meet an assistant who “preps you” for the doctor. Although this may save time for the surgeon, it certainly limits your time to get to know another. In other practices, the eyelid surgeon will be the one that discusses your health status with you, performs the examination and discusses a potential plan and the procedure itself in detail. Photos usually will be taken. Whatever the philosophy of the surgeon, you should leave at the end with the following information:

  • Is the plastic surgeon experienced in cosmetic eyelid lifts?
  • What procedures does this doctor recommend?
  • Where are these procedures performed?
  • What mode of anesthesia will be used, local, twilight sleep or general?
  • What is the approximate recovery time?
  • What is a realistic improvement that you can expect? Which of my concerns would not be addressed?
  • What are the risks associated with these procedures?
  • What is the approximate cost?
  • How does the scheduling process work?

What about the Consultation Fee?

Fees vary widely from zero to a few hundred dollars. In most cases, the fee will be applied to services provided, in case you decide to go ahead with the particular doctor. Do not consider a fee a waste of money but rather resources well-spent for your education. Most busy plastic surgeons have consultation fees because their time is valuable. And the service they provide for you is valuable, even if you walk out and decide to have your eyelid lift with somebody else.

What if You Forgot to Ask Something before my Blepharoplasty?

There are many reasons, why you may want to return for a second visit. Most surgeons either schedule a second visit routinely or offer a second visit to their patients. You should have all questions answered before your procedure. The feeling of comfort about what to expect and that you made the right decision will help you to focus on the preparation and after-care process and minimizing second-guessing.

For more information, please contact Dr. Fechner.

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