About Facial Cosmetic Procedures
At Vistar Eye Center, we are happy to provide a variety of oculoplastic procedures for the face and eyes to help you look and feel your absolute best. From Botox therapies to eyebrow lifts, we combine the precision of an ophthalmologist with the aesthetic knowledge of a plastic surgeon. Interested in one of the procedures below? Contact us to schedule a consultation today!
Am I a candidate for surgery?
1. Medical, surgical, allergic, and psychiatric conditions should be fully disclosed at the time of your consultation with Dr. Ramey, and any changes reviewed immediately prior to surgery.
2. Certain medical conditions will place you at high risk for any surgery, such as recent heart attack or stroke.
3. Thyroid conditions can affect the eyes and orbits, and these symptoms may flare up after any facial procedures.
4. Discuss any eye conditions with Dr. Ramey, since eyelid and facial surgery can affect the eyes in very important ways.
5. Smoking and illicit drug-use should be discontinued prior to and after surgery.
How do I prepare for surgery?
1. Make sure all your questions are answered by Dr. Ramey or his team prior to surgery.
2. Dr. Ramey will give you instructions to prepare for eyelid surgery, including guidelines on eating, smoking, drinking and medications or vitamins to take or avoid taking.
3. You will want to arrange for someone to drive you home following your procedure.
4. You must understand that surgery does not produce perfect results. Guarantees are not possible.
What should I expect after surgery?
1. Dr. Ramey will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions, which you should follow closely to optimize your recovery.
2. Immediately following surgery, you may experience temporary discomfort, tightness of eyelids, swelling, bruising, dryness, burning or itching of eyes, excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, or blurry vision. Most side effects subside within one to three weeks.
3. Stitches may dissolve on their own, but some are removed after the first week. Swelling and discoloration around your eyes typically persists for about ten days. Scars may be red initially, but fade with time over six to nine months.
4. You may read or watch television after two or three days and return to work within seven days following surgery.
5. Contact lenses may not be worn until Dr. Ramey approves.
6. Strenuous activity may be resumed within three weeks.
What are the risks and potential complications:
When eyelid and orbital surgery is performed by a qualified oculofacial surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. But risks do exist and you should discuss these with your surgeon, reviewing the potential pros and cons involved. Dr. Ramey will ask you to review and sign an informed consent document, which provides even more detail about potential risks. Potential complications, which can be temporary or permanent, include:
1. Blurred or double vision.
2. Infection or other reactions around the surgery site.
3. Swelling at the corner of the eyelids or on the surface of the eyes.
4. Asymmetry in healing or scarring.
5. Irregularities around the scars.
6. Sensory (sensation) or motor (movement) nerve damage leading to numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, or spasms.
7. Difficulty closing the eyelids, dry eyes, painful eyes, tearing eyes.
8. Hair loss around the surgery site.