A blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, removes excess skin, fat, or both from around your eyes to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance. Blepharoplasty can reduce the heaviness and puffiness of your upper eyelids, correct drooping eyelids, and remove under-eye "bags" from your lower eyelids – problems that often contribute to facial aging.
The expert team at New York Eye and Face Oculoplastic Surgery has undergone foundational training in ophthalmic surgery to complement their expertise in plastic surgery. The team has years of experience performing blepharoplasty and other cosmetic surgical procedures. Blepharoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, and you should be able to go home the same day. The surgery requires light anesthesia consisting of an injection of a local anesthetic to the surgical site and IV (intravenous) sedation.
There are two types of blepharoplasty procedures:
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery takes around half an hour on average. It involves removing a small flap of skin and some of the underlying tissue along the upper eyelid crease. Your surgeon hides the incision in this natural crease, so there's no obvious postoperative scarring.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty takes a little longer – 45 minutes on average. Your expert surgeon makes an incision on the backside of your eyelid to remove the bag, which achieves a scar-free result. In some instances, they may need to remove some skin to correct issues like excess lower lid skin and lower lid wrinkles.
The highly trained team plans the skin removal meticulously to achieve the desired degree of rejuvenation and ensure your eyelids close and function properly after your blepharoplasty procedure.
It's normal to have some bruising and swelling after a blepharoplasty that peaks in the first week. Your doctor may advise you to stay home for about a week to recover fully. After this time, you should be able to return to work.
During the recovery period, you need to avoid wearing makeup or exerting yourself too heavily. Patients typically report that they remain true to their natural appearance but look less tired and feel refreshed after an eyelid lift.
To benefit from a highly specialized approach to blepharoplasty, call the office or book an appointment online today.