Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, can treat dark undereye bags as well as signs of age or exhaustion that develop around the eyes. Eyelid surgery can improve a number of conditions, including puffiness, sagging skin, or drooping eyelids that may be obstructing vision. Many of our patients at New York Plastic Surgical Group who opt for blepharoplasty are concerned they constantly look tired, unhappy, or stressed due to the appearance of their eyes. With advanced eyelid surgery, our surgeons can create natural-looking results that make you look more refreshed, rested, and youthful. Some patients also choose to combine blepharoplasty with an additional procedure—such as facelift, brow lift, or non-surgical injectables—for a more complete facial rejuvenation.
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Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids, depending on your unique needs. Our doctors will customize the procedure based on your goals. The surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, can be completed using local or general anesthesia, and usually lasts between one and three hours.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Lower Eyelid Surgery
During eyelid surgery, our surgeons typically make incisions along the crease of the upper eyelid or under the lower eyelashes to conceal any residual scarring. Some surgeons will make incisions inside the lower eyelid. Often, at the same time, a CO2 laser may be used for skin rejuvenation.
Blepharoplasty Recovery and Results
In the days following blepharoplasty, you may be sensitive to light or experience temporary blurring, tearing, or double-vision. Most patients will also have some swelling or bruising immediately after surgery; however post-operative discomfort can be managed with medication. Our surgeons may also use a medicinal ointment to lubricate the eyes after surgery and aid in the healing process. You will be advised to avoid strenuous exercise for two to three weeks. Most patients are able to get back to normal daily routines within a few days.
Eyelid surgery can significantly enhance the areas around your eyes with natural-looking results, ultimately providing you with a more rested and youthful appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Eyelid Surgery
To help our patients become well-informed about their medical decisions, we have provided answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about eyelid surgery. If you have a question not addressed here, or if you would like to speak with one of our extensively trained plastic surgeons, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation.
Will there be visible scars?
We recognize that scars can be a significant concern for patients, and we are dedicated to providing natural-looking results without noticeable signs of treatment. With eyelid surgery, the incisions are placed in such a way as to minimize their appearance. For upper blepharoplasty, the incision typically is located within the natural crease of the eyelid. For lower blepharoplasty, the incision can be placed along the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The latter technique is known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty and is appropriate only for certain types of patients. Our plastic surgeons will help you determine which method is right for your needs and goals.
At what age should eyelid surgery be performed?
As long as you are 18 years old or above and in good general health, there is no specific age range that is best for eyelid surgery. However, most of our patients consider this procedure in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. In some cases, younger or older individuals can benefit from this technique if signs of aging or skin laxity become a concern earlier or later in life. Your unique characteristics and desired outcome will help us identify the ideal rejuvenation method for you.
Will insurance cover the procedure?
Eyelid surgery is often an elective procedure, meaning it is not medically necessary. If your operation is strictly cosmetic, medical insurance will not cover the cost of treatment. However, if you are experiencing vision obstruction due to excessive upper eyelid skin, your insurance plan may provide coverage. The scope will vary from provider to provider, and the best way to find out if your health plan will help pay for your blepharoplasty is to speak with your insurance agent. Our physicians and medical team can also assist you in navigating the approval process if this circumstance applies to you.
When can I return to normal activity?
While your first consideration should be recuperating as fully as possible, we understand you are excited to see the results and return to your normal routine. Most patients can go back to office work and other simple daily activities in a few days to a week. More demanding labor and strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks to a month to allow for optimal healing. Our surgeons will provide more specific information during your initial consultation based on your lifestyle and treatment plan.
How long will the results last?
Blepharoplasty helps to rejuvenate the eyelids, creating a more youthful-looking appearance with lasting effects. That said, the natural aging process will continue. Most patients benefit for many years, sometimes as long as 10-15 years or more, depending on environmental factors and genetic influences. To help maintain your results, we recommend taking good care of your skin, staying out of harsh sunlight without protection, and considering non-surgical cosmetic enhancements that can be used to further preserve your outcome.
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