Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure aimed to improve the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin and/or fat from the eyelids. This surgery can be performed on upper and lower eyelids on a case-by-case basis among both men and women.

WHO IS IT FOR?
  • You have droopy eyelids
  • You are bothered by upper eyelid excess skin which prevents you from seeing well
  • You have bags under your eyes
  • You have excess skin beneath the eyes
  • You have trouble applying eye makeup.
SCARS POSITION

In the case of surgical intervention, scars are positioned in the upper eyelid crease and under eyelashes in the lower eyelid. In the case of excess fat isolated within the lower eyelid, a surgical approach should be performed through the inside of the eye, without visible scarring. Your surgeon will advise you on the various possibilities suited to your specific situation.

BEFORE SURGERY

The first consultation with Dr Thomet will allow you to get to know your surgeon, talk about your personal situation and present your expectations. In order to complete your medical record, she will ask about your medical history, previous operations you may have had, and the list of medicines and allergies.
A physical examination will be carried out with measurements and sometimes photos that will remain confidential and only used for your medical file. At the end of the consultation, Dr Thomet will make a diagnosis and tell you if you are a good candidate for surgery. She will explain to you the contemplated surgical procedure, scar positions, the recovery time and the risks of complications.
After you have had time to think it over, a second consultation will be scheduled, in order to answer your questions and set a surgery date.
An ophthalmological check-up is required before any surgery.

INSURANCE

The health insurance can cover the surgery if you present diminished visual acuity. That requires a prior request, and an examination carried out by an ophthalmologist. If not, a cost estimate will be sent to you after the first consultation.

TYPE OF ANAESTHESIA

Blepharoplasty is a surgery that can be performed under local anaesthesia. In case of surgery on all four eyelids, general anaesthesia may be desirable. In this case, a preoperative consultation with an anaesthetist will therefore be organised prior to surgery.

HOSPITALISATION

Blepharoplasty does not generally require hospitalisation. A day at the clinic is enough. This allows to better manage the pain medication and monitor you closely. Ice packs will be regularly applied to reduce the risk of bleeding.

POSTOPERATIVE PERIOD

When leaving the clinic, you will have dressings which will be changed the following week for the first time at the practice. You will continue to apply ice packs several times a day as well as eye drops. Sunglasses are recommended to protect you and hide any bruises.

CONVALESCENCE

When leaving the clinic, it is not recommended to drive and make efforts. Activity resumption may be considered after one week depending on the type of activity. If your surgery is covered by health insurance, Dr Thomet will issue you with a medical certificate for the duration of your incapacity for work.

Coronavirus COVID-19
Following the recommendations of the Federal Council and the State Council, the office can welcome you while respecting the barrier gestures. Consultations and interventions under local anaesthesia in the practice will be maintained. Concerning the interventions in the clinic, a point is carried out each week in view of the evolution of the sanitary situation. In order to continue to treat you in the best conditions, we put the emphasis on the strict respect of the health instructions: -Respect of distances, washing of hands and wearing of the mask is mandatory. -Arrive on time for your appointment. In case of early arrival, please wait outside the office. -Only come with someone else when strictly necessary. In case of symptoms: fever, cough, loss of smell and taste, please keep us informed by calling 022 342 35 32 or contact@drthomet.com. More information is available at https://check.ofsp-coronavirus.ch/screening. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. We look forward to continuing to treat you as well as possible during this difficult time. Elia and Dr Céline Thomet
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