Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

As you age, changes in your eyelids can make you appear older, tired, or sad. For some, drooping upper eyelids can even impair vision. Blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery, at our Queens and Bronx clinics can create a refreshed, more youthful appearance and improve your field of vision.

Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty is one of the 5 most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Even though the majority of patients who undergo eyelid surgery are men and women 51 or older, a significant percentage of patients are between 35 and 50.

Blepharoplasty can treat many common aesthetic concerns of the upper and lower eyelids, including the following:

  • Fat deposits or “bags”
  • Drooping or sagging skin
  • Creases, wrinkles, or crepey skin

Ptosis (the p is silent) repair surgery is recommended for a drooping eyelid, which occurs when the muscle or tendon responsible for keeping the eyelid elevated is loose or weak. The condition can be congenital (you’re born with it) or it can develop later in life.

A good candidate for eyelid surgery is a nonsmoker in good general health. It’s also important to have realistic expectations for what the procedure can and cannot do.

Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

A patient may get upper or lower eyelid surgery, or have the procedures combined during a single operation. At our New York Ophthalmology locations, we perform both cosmetic and functional blepharoplasty along with ptosis repair surgery. Our eye surgeons thoughtfully plan each procedure using their understanding of eyelid anatomy, surgical expertise, and experience to create quality outcomes.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Our surgeons perform this procedure using local anesthesia. They mark where they plan to remove excess skin using a pen and then make incisions along the natural creases of the eyelid. After removing tissue through the incision, they close it with fine sutures. Scars are effectively hidden within the eyelid creases.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Patients concerned about undereye bags can get the youthful appearance they want with lower eyelid surgery. The procedure involves your surgeon making an incision either just inside the lower lid (a transconjunctival incision) or below the lower lashes. The surgeon can remove or reposition the fat, smoothing out bags and restoring a firm, even surface beneath the eyes. Nonsurgical alternatives such as filler injections may be the correct treatment for some patients.

Ptosis Repair Surgery

It’s important to distinguish ptosis repair surgery from upper eyelid surgery (sometimes called an eye lift). During this procedure, your surgeon raises the position of the upper eyelid margin by tightening the muscle and tendon that normally elevate it. Even though ptosis repair surgery improves a patient’s appearance, its primary goal is to improve vision that can be impeded by a droopy eyelid. Ptosis can affect one or both upper eyelids.

Recovery

We provide detailed post-op instructions that, when closely followed, can help you recover with minimal discomfort. Applying cold packs helps reduce swelling during the first 2 days. After that, warm compresses promote faster healing. Usually over-the-counter pain relievers are enough to keep you comfortable. Expect some bruising, redness, and swelling during the first few days. Some patients may experience dry eye after getting blepharoplasty.

Our experienced eye surgeons at New York Ophthalmology provide personalized treatment for men and women considering blepharoplasty. Request an appointment using the online form or call us at (718)-585-5500 (Bronx), (718)-206-2002 (Jamaica), or (718)-205-5050 (Jackson Heights) to schedule an appointment at one of our 3 offices.


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