Questions to Ask Your Surgeon about Your Eyelid Surgery

The eye area is the first to show aging. The aging of the eye area can often make you appear more tired and older than you actually are. Eyelid surgery tightens sagging or excess skin around the eyes. This will leave your eyes with a smoother appearance. This will also provide you with the look that will help you look and feel your age. As your eyelid surgery approaches, it is completely normal to have a flurry of questions. Below are some of the questions you should be asking your surgeon.

What are your surgeon’s credentials?

At the Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey, Dr. Slupchynskyj is Double Board Certified. It is important to ask what certifications your surgeon possesses. It is important to know their specialties within the field of plastic surgery. It is also important to ask them how many times they have performed the procedure you are wanting along with how many years they have been in the field. In your consultation, you could also ask them if they have won any awards or have any honors. Have they done any research? It is imperative that you pick a surgeon that has all the necessary qualifications and more. In this case more is better and cheaper is less.

Where will my procedure take place?

It is important to ask where your procedure will take place.  The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey is an AAAASF (The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) certified surgical suite. Dr. Slupchynskyj also performs procedures in The Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, St Barnabas Hospital and Livington Surgery Center. It is important that your surgical facility is certified and/or the surgeon has a good relationship with the other locations where your procedure could be potentially performed. Knowing the facility where your procedure will be is important because you will want to know as much as you can about that facility from your doctor and also through your own inquiries from the facility itself.

What makes a good candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

When communicating with your surgeon they will list out the qualities of an ideal candidate for this procedure. The first would be an all-around healthy individual. A person that takes care of themselves with exercise, follows a clean diet, and does not smoke is ideal. Your surgeon will also state that being an emotionally healthy person with realistic goals and expectations is imperative to your candidacy for this procedure. Some more serious qualities would include a person without serious eye issues.

What will I have to do to achieve the best results?

The best way to see the results that you want is quite simple. This will include following all of your surgeon’s directions for recovery. This will entail a lot of rest and follow-up appointments. It will be important for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle mentally and physically to fully achieve the results that you want.

What types of techniques are there for Eyelid Surgery?

There are two techniques used for Eyelid Surgery which are transcutaneous and Transconjunctival. Transcutaneous is a traditional technique that is referred to as going “across the skin”. The Transconjunctival method or technique that Dr. Slupchynskyj uses is a scarless technique that places an incision in the conjunctiva or the inside of the eyelid.

What is recovery like for Eyelid Surgery?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the recovery process will or could include lubricating ointment and/or cold compresses. These will be applied to the eye area where you may or may not have some protective bandaging from your procedure. As mentioned above your surgeon will give you specific directions as to what you need to do during your recovery. These directions will be created according to your case and needs. It is imperative that you follow your doctor’s wishes.

Are there any risks and/or complications associated with Eyelid Surgery?

According to Dr. Slupchynskyj, the most common side effect is scarring on the skin around the eye when traditional techniques are used. Some minor complications include minor pain or excessive tear production or dry eyes. Some more severe complications include ectropion which is the inversion of the lower eyelid, hematoma which is a blood clot under the skin and damage to the retina.

What are the benefits of Eyelid Surgery?

This surgery has an abundance of benefits. The most apparent would be the enhancement of one’s appearance. This procedure will give your eyes that youthful glow that has been dimmed over time. This procedure is also very practical. Along with the cosmetic benefits, it can also provide an improvement in one’s vision. Many patients experience a lack of peripheral vision due to the drooping or slack of the eyelids. Finally, this procedure can provide that boost in confidence to live your best life.


If you’d like to learn more about Eyelid Surgery you can schedule a private consultation. During your initial meeting, our surgeons will provide you with all the information you need about the procedure and answer any questions you may have.

To schedule your consultation, call 212-628-6464.