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Common Questions

What is an oculoplastic surgeon?

An oculoplastic surgeon is a surgeon that specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, mid face, orbit, and lacrimal system. After earning their medical degree, training involves a one-year internship, a three-year ophthalmology residency, and a one or two-year fellowship in oculoplastic surgery. An oculoplastic surgeon is very highly specialized and limits their practice to diseases and surgery of the eyelids, orbit, lacrimal system, cheeks and forehead. An oculoplastic surgeon has performed hundreds of eyelid procedures, including belpharoplasties, by the end of his or her training.

Will my surgery be covered by insurance?

Many types of eyelid surgeries are covered by insurance. Surgery to correct an eyelid abnormality that is interfering with vision or comfort is almost always deemed “medically necessary” and will be paid for by insurance. Examples include ectropion (eyelid turning out) and entropion (eyelid turning in) repair. Many cases of upper eyelid skin hooding (dermatochalasis) that result in blockage of peripheral vision qualify as “medically necessary.” It is best to see the surgeon in consultation and discuss the details of your problem.

What can I expect during the recovery period after eyelid surgery?

Typically patients have approximately 1-2 weeks or bruising and swelling around the eyes. For many patients the majority of swelling has resolved one month after surgery. Please tell your surgeon about upcoming important life events like weddings, travel and reunions.

How long will results of a blepharoplasty last?

Most patients only require blepharoplasty surgery once during their lifetime.

Do I need to do anything in preparation for surgery?

You may need a history and physical performed by your primary care doctor. If possible, it is best to stop any blood thinners (i.e. aspirin) 10-14 days prior to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss all of this with you. You may need to pick up any prescriptions your doctor has prescribed for the post-operative period.

Where is surgery most commonly performed?

Dr. Katherine J. Zamecki, MD, FACS most commonly operates at Danbury Surgical Center but can also accommodate patients at Ridgefield Surgical Center and New Milford Hospital. Many procedures can also be performed in the office.