As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for the eyelid surgery. They include:
- You have drooping upper lids or bags under your eyes
- You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks.
- You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure
Following your procedure, there will be some discomfort and swelling. The pain can be controlled with the medication prescribed by Dr. Jimerson. You may be given lubricating ointment and cold compresses to help with swelling.
Initial healing will include bruising and swelling, dry eyes, irritation or discomfort with the eyes and possible irritation at the incision site.
Your results will appear slowly as the bruising and swelling decrease. Your eyelid will be smooth, better defined and provide you with a rejuvenated look.
Until your healing process is complete, you should weak dark-tinted sunglasses and use sun protection on your skin.
Eyelid surgery is designed to the incision scars are concealed within the natural folds of the eyelid area. Upper eyelid surgery is done through the natural crease on the eyelid, where fat deposit and excess skin can be removed, and muscles tightened.
The lower eyelid surgery is done through an incision just below the eyelash line, where fat can be repositioned or removed, and excess skin can be tightened or removed.
An alternate technique uses an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid, but using this procedure no skin can be removed.
Incisions are closed with sutures, surgical tape or skin adhesives.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.
Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and post-operative complications. Risks may include:
- Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Scarring •Poor wound healing • Dryness to the eyes • Sensitivity to light or the sun • Difficulty closing your eyes • Eye irritation • Lid lag • Outward rolling of the eyelid • Temporary changes in vision • Possible need to revise the surgery • Allergies to tape, sutures, glues, etc.
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
Prior to eyelid surgery you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect from the surgery.
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your surgery.
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
What happens prior to eyelid surgery? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
Eyelid surgery results are long lasting. Results usually begin to appear within a few weeks, but it may take up to full year before incision lines are fully refined.
You should use sun protection at all times to help keep your renewed appearance. As swelling reduces, you will see a smoother, better defined eyelid with a more youthful appearance.
Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your procedure to obtain optimal results.
Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.