You’ve been looking at those drooping eyelids in the mirror for long enough. You want to do something about it. You want to look younger, more enthusiastic, more alert, more vibrant. But where do you start? Knowing how to find a qualified surgeon for your eyelid procedure can help you ensure that you get the best treatment possible.
When you aren’t getting a referral from your primary doctor, finding a surgeon can seem daunting. There are, however, some strategies you can employ to make your search easier—or to at least give you someplace to start.
Step #1: Check Out the Surgeons in Your Area
Most of Dr. Rostami and Dr. Nazemzadeh’s eyelid surgery patients come from the Virginia and Washington DC area. That’s because most patients have a basic circumference that they stick to. They don’t like to stray too far from home—and we understand that! So you can start your search by going to Google and looking for something like “Blepharoplasty Washington DC” (except replace Washington DC with your local area).
It’s important to note that the top ranked page isn’t always going to be the best choice for your procedure. It’s worth looking at a few different surgeons on a few different pages in order to get an accurate sense of the eyelid surgeons in your area.
Step #2: Evaluating Your List of Surgeons
Once you’ve developed a list of surgeons, it’s vital to evaluate those surgeons for your own purposes. There are a couple of great ways to do that:
- Look for before and after photos: One great way to get a sense of the work of any surgeon is to examine before and after photos. Sometimes these photos are on the surgeon’s website (as is the case with Dr. Rostami and Dr. Nazemzadeh). In other cases, you can ask the surgeon during a consultation to see before and after images.
- Look for reviews: Another great resource for patients is reviews. Most surgeons will place at least some testimonials on their websites. But there are other sources for reviews, such as Yelp, Google, and Facebook. It’s important not only to look for positive reviews, but for engagement with any negative reviews that might be present.
- Look at the qualifications of the surgeon: Most surgeons come highly qualified. It takes a lot of expertise even to be considered a surgeon. But beyond that, many surgeons are certified by various boards of their peers. When it comes to eyelid surgery, finding Oculofacial plastic surgeons that are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery is the way to go.
Interact With Surgeons
The best way to get to know your surgeon is to interact with that surgeon. If you’re looking for Blepharoplasty in Washington DC (to return to our example), this might mean scheduling a few consultations with a few different surgeons (you might start, for example, with Dr. Rostami or Dr. Nazemzadeh).
But if you don’t want to spend a lot of time in consultations, you could try interacting with surgeons in an online space, such as on RealSelf.com, the cosmetic surgery social media website. Dr. Rostami and Dr. Nazemzadeh, for example, are active on RealSelf.com. They interact with patients and with people who are simply curious. You can see how they answer questions and how they interact with other users.
Spending Time to Choose the Right Surgeon
Choosing the right surgeon for an eyelid procedure is an important step in getting the results you want. The more you research, the more likely you are to find a surgeon who fits you well. The relationship between any surgeon and patient evolves over time—but putting effort into that search now can help you get started on the right foot!