ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?
Patients must be healthy from a physical and psychological standpoint. Those who are displeased with their baggy eyes and drooping eyelids are prime candidates. The average patient tends to be over the age of 35 but some patients may also be genetically predisposed to these conditions.
Some medical conditions could increase the risk factors involved. Graves’ disease, hypothyroidism, dry eye, circulatory disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are among them. Patients who have been diagnosed with glaucoma or a detached retina could have cause for concern as well. Check with an ophthalmologist beforehand.
Improving the appearance of these areas can offer many benefits but patients must remain as realistic as possible about the potential outcome.
This is one of the most important steps of your journey. Dr. Sheffield must review the totality of your medical records at this time, so be sure to have all of the necessary information on hand.
He needs to be informed of any allergies, prescription or over-the-counter medications/vitamins, and if you are a smoker. Patients with contacts or glasses will also need to bring any and all appropriate information, including paperwork from their last eye exam.
While in consultation, goals and expectations will be discussed. Additionally, all questions will be answered to complete satisfaction. Any potential limitations or risks will also be discussed at this time. Dr. Sheffield guides the patient through the process so that they can decide on the option that works best for them. If there any additional procedures that could be beneficial, they are discussed at this time.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A BOARD CERTIFIED SURGEON
For Santa Barbara patients, lower blepharoplasty provides the necessary results when it comes to removing puffiness beneath the eyes and sagging eyelids. Selecting a board certified surgeon maximizes the chances of receiving the desired outcome.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery has certified all of our surgeons. They have already received the extensive training and education that they need. They have already passed all of the most comprehensive exams.
Dr. Sheffield has dedicated his life to offering the highest possible quality of care and ensuring that patients remain fully informed about the ins and outs of their procedures.
EYELID SURGERY PREPARATION
Lower blepharoplasty can be at times stressful for our patients and that is why we dedicate our efforts to making sure that they remain fully prepared and informed. Before the eyelid surgery takes place, the Dr. Sheffield offers detailed preparation instructions.
Smoking restrictions, dietary guidelines, and vitamin/medication routines are all covered. By following these instructions, you are doing your part to make sure that the surgery goes smoothly.
Arrange for a ride home after the procedure has been completed and you may also need someone to help around the house for a few days. While the latter is not always essential, a number of patients believe that it assists them in the recuperation process.
WHERE IS THE SURGERY PERFORMED?
SB Aesthetics operating facility is state of the art and it is likely to be performed here. An outpatient surgery center may be used and these surgeries rarely require any sort of inpatient treatment.
Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the area around the eye. Intravenous and oral sedatives are also added. This combination allows you to remain awake as the surgery takes place. No pain is felt. General anesthesia is available to those who seek added comfort.
To find out if eyelid surgery in Santa Barbara is right for you, contact Dr. Sheffield at (805) 318-3280 to discuss a customized treatment plan.