Frequently Asked Questions: Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
How do I choose a surgeon?
What should I expect from the consultation?
Where is the surgery performed?
What about recovery? How long is it?
How soon can I go back to work?
Are there scars after surgery?
Is cosmetic surgery right for me?
Will my medical insurance cover the procedure?
What are the fees for cosmetic procedures?
Before choosing a surgeon, it is important to know the type(s) of surgery being considered. To be well informed, ask questions regarding a doctor's certification, operating privileges and training.
Ophthalmic plastic surgeons are board certified ophthalmologists with additional training in oculoplastic surgery. It takes years of specialized training and extensive knowledge of the delicate tissues around the eyes to perform procedures safely and effectively. See the website for the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (www.ASOPRS.org) for more information.
Consultations vary from patient to patient. During the initial visit, the surgeon will discuss functional/cosmetic goals, assess physical health, provide education and information, as well as provide an opportunity to explore the options and discuss various procedures. It is important to establish goals and expectations with the surgeon during the initial consultation visit.
Many procedures can be performed in our minor procedures room. Local anesthetic is used to minimize discomfort. More extensive procedures are performed in one of Mass. Eye and Ear's surgical operating rooms.
Following surgery, time to heal is needed. Bruising and swelling are temporary. Cosmetics can normally be applied shortly following many procedures to mask and camouflage any bruising or redness. It is best to check with your doctor to determine the expected recovery time for specific procedures.
In most cases, recovery time is between five and 10 days, depending on factors such as age, general health and the extent of the procedures. Patients find they can often return to telephone and computer work within days of their procedures.
Incisions always leave scars. However, surgeons will strive to hide the incisions in natural creases on the face. In many cases the scars are hidden and so small that they are not noticeable.
Cosmetic surgery is performed on people of all ages who want to improve their self-image, whether it is to look younger or look rejuvenated. Eye plastic surgery is not the answer to eternal youth, but it can effectively reduce puffy eyelids, bags below the eyes, wrinkles, acne scars, growths and sun-damaged skin.
Functional or reconstructive surgeries are normally covered by insurance if they are considered to be medically necessary, and often require pre-approval by the insurer. Cosmetic surgeries, however, are generally not covered.
Cosmetic procedures are rarely covered by insurance. During the consultation, the staff will address questions related to anticipated costs and payment options.
Professional Organization: The mission of American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) is to advance training, education, research, and the quality of clinical practice in the fields of aesthetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery specializing in the face, eyelids, orbits and lacrimal system. For more information, please visit www.asoprs.org.