Frequently Asked Questions


Meeting With Dr. Cole

Dr. Chip Cole will visit with you and provide you with a very comprehensive evaluation. He has a passion for teaching and feels that an educated patient will have the best outcome. He will also review your medical and surgical history in detail. He will then make the appropriate recommendations to achieve the results discussed. He will discuss your procedures, outcomes, benefits, risks, as well as a timeline for returning to work and resuming social activities. You will leave your visit with a clear idea of the options available to you.




What is an oculofacial plastic surgeon?

Because the eyes are the most delicate, complicated and intricate part of the human body, experts recommend an oculofacial cosmetic surgeon for surgery performed around the eyes and face. An oculofacial cosmetic surgeon is board certified with specialized training in ophthalmology and facial cosmetic surgery. Through advanced training, Dr. Cole is uniquely qualified to address disorders of the eyelid and frequently repairs complications caused by previous cosmetic surgeons. There are only a few hundred oculofacial cosmetic surgeons worldwide. Dr. Cole is quadruple board certified in ophthalmology, laser surgery, ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, and facial cosmetic surgery.

How long do the results of eyelid surgery last?

The results of cosmetic eyelid surgery typically last on average 12-15 years, then gravity can start to pull your eyebrows down. If the eyebrows are already heavy, the results last half that time. The longevity of results also vary according to elasticity, sun exposure and genetics. To get the best result from your surgery, for the longest period of time, Dr. Cole recommends a healthy lifestyle with limited sun exposure. He also advises his patients to use sunscreen to minimize further aging and wear sunglasses to avoid squinting.

What can I take or do before surgery to enhance my results?

DOs — multi-vitamins, vitamin C 500 mg twice a day, skin care program, exercise, healthy diet, and sunscreen. DON’Ts — aspirin two weeks before surgery, vitamin E over 250v iu, smoking, alcohol, and sun exposure. More importantly, make sure your cosmetic surgeon knows about all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter vitamins and supplements.

How can different surgeons charge different fees for the same surgery?

An experienced and well trained surgeon’s fees will reflect their advanced training, knowledge and experience. It is essential to perform the surgery correct the first time. Approximately one third of Dr. Cole’s practice involves repairing poorly performed surgery from other doctors.

How much recovery time will I need before I can get back into my normal routine?

You should schedule your surgery during a period when you can devote yourself to proper healing — you deserve that. During your consultation, we will advise you of your specific healing time related to the procedures you chose to have performed. The recovery time can vary from three or four days to two to three weeks, depending on the procedure.

What is the difference between the older scalpel eyelid procedures and the new cosmetic laser eyelid procedures?

The laser offers precise excision of excess eyelid skin and fat pads with less bruising and swelling than the older scalpel procedures. The laser seals blood vessels as the excess skin and fat pads are removed, thus making the surgery “virtually bloodless.” The laser allows Dr. Cole to remove puffiness and wrinkles from your lower eyelids without an exposed incision. Through these advanced procedures, the eyelid shape is not changed as compared to the older scalpel procedures which affected the shape of your eyes and left visible scars. Laser procedures are less invasive, safer and have shorter recovery times.

How long has Dr. Cole been performing surgery and how many eyelid procedures has he performed?

Dr. Cole has been performing eyelid surgery for over 33 years and has performed more than 33,000 procedures. He specializes in eyelid surgery, facial cosmetic surgery and laser resurfacing.

Where does Dr. Cole perform surgery?

Dr. Cole is on the medical staff of several local hospitals. In order to provide patients with the best possible care, Dr. Cole features his own private surgical facility, Specialty Surgery Center, Inc. The facility meets hospital standards, is state licensed, Medicare approved, and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation on Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

 


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