Upper eyelid surgery in the office

by | Sep 9, 2019

Upper blepharoplasty surgery is very comfortable to do in the office setting with only local anesthesia and mild sedation (if needed). There is no need to go to sleep for this surgery for the vast majority of patients. Here is what we do to make you as comfortable as possible. ⠀

1️⃣If you are nervous (and most patients are), we have you take a Xanax at least 30 mins before the procedure after you are checked in. This helps you relax, similar to having a cocktail or two, without making you overly drowsy. ⠀
2️⃣ You get to pick the music during surgery. Music takes your mind off what is going on and helps you relax. Patients sometimes want to sing and that’s perfectly okay. No judgements about your voice. 😉⠀
3️⃣ The most uncomfortable part of the procedure is injecting the anesthetic. This only takes a few minutes and then you are really numb. I inject the medicine slowly to minimize burning and talk you through the process.⠀
4️⃣ Nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas) is available if you start feeling anxious during the procedure and need something to help you relax more. Most patients don’t need this, but it’s available just in case.⠀
5️⃣ The surgery only takes about 20 mins once we get started and I chit-chat with you the entire time. Most patients find this really calming and I get to learn about what you like to do and about your family. This the probably the only instance where I get to spend this much time chatting and it’s often the favorite part of my day. My patients have such interesting stories and I love to hear them! When I start taking off the drapes patients are usually surprised that we are already done. Almost everyone says the surgery was painless and much easier than they thought it would be.⠀

If you have upper eyelid hooding that bothers you, it’s time to come in for a consult!⠀

Wellesley Private Practice

873 Worcester Street, Suite 4
Wellesley, MA 02482
(978) 393-5437 (phone or text)
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Boston office at Tufts Medical Center

Tufts Medical Center
Biewend Building, 11th floor
260 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
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