Malcolm D. Paul, M.D., FACS
I am considering having the hoods over my eyelids removed. Can you tell me the best procedure for this type of operation and what the recuperation time might be? Also, when I interview the surgeon, what are some pertinent questions to ask?
The best method to correct the hooding is to surgically remove the redundant upper eyelid skin and fat and contour the upper lid. Patients are usually back to work within 5-10 days. Sometimes patients with upper eyelid hooding also have sagging of the eyebrows and may, in fact, need a procedure called a brow lift. A board-certified ASAPS-member surgeon can easily evaluate what procedure or combination of procedures will be best. Be sure that you understand the risks of surgery and what to expect during your recovery. Ask your surgeon if he or she has performed many of these procedures and for how long. Most important, ask about board certification. Choosing a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is an excellent method to obtain someone who has a minimum of 5 years of surgical training after medical school, has completed an accredited residency in plastic surgery, and has passed both oral and written examinations. Additionally, selecting a member of ASAPS as your
plastic surgeon helps to ensure a high level of experience in cosmetic surgery.