A More Youthful Facial Expression With Lower Blepharoplasty

If you are concerned about the appearance of under-eye bags, puffiness, and sagging in your lower lids, a procedure known as lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) may be ideal for your cosmetic goals. When performed by an award-winning, board-certified oculoplastic surgeon such as Dr. Anaïs Carniciu in Westchester, NY, results appear beautiful, natural, and seamless.

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The Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Procedure

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What Are the Benefits of Eye Bag Surgery in Westchester, NY?

  • Reduction in excess fat, skin, and tissue
  • A more relaxed, friendly facial expression
  • A more youthful-looking countenance overall
  • A more positive self-image
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • Inconspicuous scarring
  • Natural-looking outcome

What is Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

Lower blepharoplasty is an aesthetic surgery that removes excess skin and/or fat around the eyes to rejuvenate and revitalize your appearance. It can reduce the puffiness and under-eye “bags” in the lower lids that often contribute to facial aging and a sad, angry, or unpleasant facial expression. At her boutique practice in Westchester, Dr. Carniciu customizes each procedure to the individual’s needs, using a state-of-the-art, scarless approach. Her minimally invasive techniques make eye bag treatment stress-free and highly rewarding.

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What Will My Procedure Entail?

Lower blepharoplasty can be performed in an outpatient (non-hospital) setting under light anesthesia consisting of IV sedation and local medication injected at the surgical site. Patients are able to go home on the same day as their treatment. The surgery itself takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes on average. The incision for eyelid bag removal is neatly hidden on the backside of the lower eyelid to achieve a scarless result. In certain cases, skin removal is needed to address concurrent lower eyelid wrinkles and excess lower eyelid skin in order to achieve the desired rejuvenating result. In other cases, the excess skin can be tightened with a CO2 laser. As always, meticulous surgical planning by our expert oculoplastic surgeon ensures the proper closure and function of the eyelids postoperatively.

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What Can I Expect From My Recovery?

Patients may experience mild bruising, swelling, and tenderness after surgery; however, these side effects will peak within the first postoperative week and then begin to diminish. Dr. Carniciu recommends remaining home to recover for approximately 7-10 days. Thereafter, most patients can comfortably return to work, provided that their jobs are sedentary. Heavy exertion and makeup use should be avoided for 2-3 weeks, or as advised by Dr. Carniciu. Once recovered, patients often remark that they look less “tired” and feel more refreshed while still remaining true to their natural appearance.

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What Are Canthopexy and Canthoplasty?

Canthopexy and canthoplasty are eyelid surgeries that focus on the outside corner of the eye, where the upper and lower eyelids meet. When the tendon in the outside corner of the eyelid is lax, the lower eyelid can hang low and appear loose or rounded. By tightening and reshaping the part of the eye known as the “lateral canthus,” our skilled oculoplastic surgeon creates a sharper and more refined eye appearance. Depending on individual patient aesthetic goals, canthopexy or canthoplasty may be utilized to enhance the appearance of a lower eyelid blepharoplasty.

What Happens During Surgery?

While both canthopexy and canthoplasty are used to transform a sagging lower eyelid, they are different in their approach. With canthopexy, the procedure is less invasive. Sutures are used internally to stabilize the eyelid tendon. Canthoplasty is more nuanced and invasive, involving cutting the eyelid muscles and outside tendon, then repositioning and reattaching it to create the desired effect. Canthopexy and canthoplasty are often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as blepharoplasty. For some patients, canthopexy is used as part of a revision eyelid surgery to correct a previous lower lid blepharoplasty that has resulted in a rounded outer eye appearance. Canthopexy and canthoplasty take approximately 15-30 minutes to perform, but treatment time may be extended if surgery is combined with other eyelid procedures.

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Recovery After Canthopexy and Canthoplasty

As with other types of eyelid surgeries, minor swelling, bruising, and soreness may occur after canthopexy or canthoplasty. These symptoms will peak in the first week and then begin to slowly fade. Dr. Carniciu recommends that patients stay home to rest and recuperate for at least one week. After this, most can resume work and other normal activities, provided that their jobs are sedentary. During recovery, it’s important to avoid strenuous exercise and the use of cosmetics until given the green light by Dr. Carniciu.

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Why Choose New York Eye & Face?

New York Eye & Face is a specialized boutique practice located in Westchester, NY. Our immaculate, cutting-edge facility is equipped with the latest in advanced oculoplastic technology and provides a comfortable, relaxing setting where patients receive concierge care and one-on-one attention. Our award-winning, board-certified surgeon Dr. Carniciu is an empathetic listener who carefully crafts individualized treatment plans that reflect her patients’ unique goals for improvement. Dr. Carniciu is passionate about delivering natural-looking outcomes that are seamlessly integrated with the patient’s existing facial structures. Dr. Carniciu, currently the Vice President of the Westchester County Medical Society, is the only oculoplastic surgeon in the area who is board-certified by ASOPRS (the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). Only 750 surgeons worldwide can claim membership in this elite and competitive organization. Through exhaustive Fellowship training and extensive written and oral examinations, ASOPRS ensures its members adhere to the highest standards for excellence in the industry.

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