Eyelid Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes time to schedule your eyelid surgery, the growing anticipation will probably bring about some questions and concerns. Our main goal here at Garlich is to make you feel at ease before you get eyelid surgery and we strive to provide a comforting environment that fosters a sense of well-being and safety. The following are the most common eyelid surgery frequently asked questions to help give you an idea of what to expect before, during and after eyelid surgery.
Q: What happens at the initial consultation?
A: During the consultation, you will sit down with Dr. Garlich and discuss what changes you would like to occur. He will discuss your medical history and do a thorough examination of the skin and fat around your eyes. Dr. Garlich is dedicated to providing you with as much information as possible to help you make the best, most informed decision about your eyelid surgery. He will explain in detail:
- Your different options
- The procedure and its risks
- The kind of anesthesia required
- And costs associated with the procedure
Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: The duration of the surgery will vary from person to person, but typically lasts about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. If extensive surgery is being done, then it may last up to 2 hours, but rarely ever goes beyond that amount time.
Q: How is the eyelid surgery performed?
A: The traditional eyelid surgery is fairly predictable. At Garlich, we put the utmost care and precision into every surgery we do. For the eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the lash line where it creases, then excess fat, muscle and skin are removed. Afterwards, fine sutures are used to carefully close the incision. About three to five days after the procedure, the permanent stitches will be removed. Q: What can I expect after eyelid surgery?
A: Once the surgery is completed, Dr. Garlich will lubricate your eyes with ointment to reduce dryness in the area. Your vision will probably be temporarily blurry, but will clear up after a few days. At first, the incisions will likely be red and somewhat bumpy, but they will eventually become smooth and discreet. The stitches will be removed about a week after your surgery and any swelling or bruising that occurs will gradually subside depending on the rate of healing. Dr. Garlich is dedicated to providing you with the necessary support and care throughout the entire process, so continual communication is highly encouraged.
If you have a question you would like Dr. Garlich to answer, please contact us today or call our Gaiensville, Georgia office at 678.343.2190. We look forward to hearing from you soon.