How long will my appointment take?
If you are a new patient, please plan for about 1 hour. It is recommended to come in 15 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out paperwork or go online to fill out paper work ahead of time.
You may have photos taken and visual field testing done.
When scheduling the appointment, please give the staff detailed reasons for the visit so we can plan timing more accurately.
Will I have a procedure on the same day?
Maybe. If you need a simple procedure that can be done in the office, such as removing a small growth or Botox injections, then it is possible to complete that on the same day. Please let our staff know if you would like a procedure on the same day. Again, as much detailed information as you can provide will help us plan accordingly.
We need complete insurance information before the visit to check for any pre-certification requirements.
More complex procedures, such as blepharoplasty, will not be done on the same day.
How should I prepare for surgery?
Please stop any aspirin, Alleve, Ibuprofen, or Advil 1 week prior to surgery.
Coumadin or Warfarin should be stopped 3 days prior to surgery.
Please check with your prescribing doctor about stopping any blood thinners prior to surgery. Serious events, such as stroke, can occur if you stop blood thinners without medical supervision.
Failure to stop blood thinners prior to eyelid surgery could result in serious complications, so please let us know if you take such medications.
Please bring someone to drive you home, especially if you are undergoing a bilateral procedure or you are having sedation.
Plan to clear your schedule and stay home from 3-7 days. It is not recommended to travel less than 1 week after major eyelid surgery.
DO take blood pressure medicines on the day of surgery.
The above precautions apply to surgery in the office and at the outpatient surgery center.
I am a having surgery at the office. Will I be put to sleep?
No. We do not have the equipment for sedation and the required monitoring in the office.
Due to state regulations, I cannot even give Valium or any other oral sedative in the office.
If you want to be more relaxed, then plan to schedule surgery at an outpatient surgery center.
I am coming in for a consult for dermal filler. Can I have that done on the same day?
Yes, if the schedule allows and it is requested ahead of time. Filler requires 30 minutes of topical anesthetic application and 20-30 minutes to administer. Please plan to be at the office at least 1 hour.
Can I have bruising after Botox, Dysport, or dermal fillers?
Yes. Any time you are stuck with a needle, there is potential for bruising. The eye area is particularly susceptible to bruising.
It is suggested to get treatment 1 or 2 weeks prior to any big event, like a wedding or holiday party.
What can I do to avoid bruising?
It is highly recommended to avoid blood thinners, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for 1 week prior to injections. Please check with your primary care doctor before stopping any prescribed blood thinners.
We have Sinecch, an arnica preparation that may decrease bruising, available for purchase.