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What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at rejuvenating the appearance of the eyelids. It involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids, addressing issues such as drooping eyelids, puffiness, and wrinkles. By restoring a more youthful and refreshed look to the eyes, blepharoplasty in Manhattan can enhance both aesthetic appeal and visual field. This procedure is commonly sought by individuals seeking to reduce signs of aging and achieve a more vibrant appearance.

The Eyelid Surgery Procedure

The procedure takes one to two hours to complete and is typically performed on an outpatient basis. This allows patients to recover comfortably at home following the procedure.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The surgeon will make an incision at the eyelid’s crease during the upper eyelid procedure. This allows any scars to be naturally concealed. The surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from around the eyelids through the incision to create a more rejuvenated and lifted appearance. 

Lower Eyelid Surgery

For lower eyelid surgery, the incision may be made just below the eyelashes, or for those with excess fat beneath the eyes, an incision is made inside the lower eyelid. Both offer the surgeon an entry point to remove excess fat and skin through a well-concealed incision. 

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Before and After Blepharoplasty

What Eyelid Surgery Can Treat

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Bags beneath the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

  • Enhanced Appearance: Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes by reducing sagging skin, puffiness, and wrinkles around the eyelids, making the eyes look more youthful and refreshed.
  • Improved Vision: In cases where excess upper eyelid skin obstructs the field of vision, eyelid surgery can help improve peripheral vision and overall visual acuity.
  • Boosted Self-Confidence: Many individuals feel self-conscious about droopy or baggy eyelids, and eyelid surgery can boost self-confidence and improve self-esteem by providing a more alert and rested appearance.
  • Long-lasting Results: The effects of eyelid surgery are typically long-lasting, providing patients with an enduring improvement in the appearance of their eyes.
  • Customizable Procedure: Eyelid surgery is a highly customizable procedure that can be tailored to address specific concerns, such as excess skin, fat, or muscle laxity, depending on the individual's needs.
  • Minimal Scarring: The incisions made during eyelid surgery are strategically placed within the natural creases of the eyelids, helping to minimize visible scarring.
  • Short Recovery Period: Recovery from eyelid surgery is generally quick, with most patients able to return to normal activities within a week or two.
  • Complementary to Other Procedures: Eyelid surgery can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as facelifts or brow lifts, to achieve a more comprehensive facial enhancement.
  • Functional Improvement: Apart from cosmetic benefits, eyelid surgery can also address functional issues like ptosis (drooping eyelids) that may interfere with proper vision.
  • Low Complication Rate: In the hands of a skilled and experienced surgeon, eyelid surgery has a low risk of complications, making it a safe and effective option for suitable candidates.

Who Is a Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

Good candidates for eyelid surgery in Manhattan include:

  • Healthy individuals with no medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions

The appearance of a drooping upper lid may also be due to relaxation of the forehead skin and eyebrows. Sometimes stretching out of the upper eyelid muscle may cause a drooping eyelid. This is called eyelid ptosis and requires a different surgical treatment. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy thoroughly and discuss what procedures might best remedy your concerns.

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Combining Eyelid Surgery With Other Procedures

Your eyelid surgery can be combined with other procedures to enhance your results further. Dr. Espinoza can evaluate your face during your consultation to make a personalized recommendation. Some of the best procedures to combine with eyelid surgery include:

  • Facelift: A facelift can lift the area of the mid-face by removing excess skin. This can leave patients looking more youthful and refreshed. 
  • Neck lift: The neck can also show common signs of aging, including sagging skin. A neck lift can help eliminate this, leaving you looking more contoured. 

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

The recovery period from blepharoplasty in Manhattan is one to two weeks. Patients experience tightness, discomfort, or soreness around the eyes after surgery. It is also common to experience swelling and bruising around the eyes. These side effects will resolve within a few weeks of surgery. Most patients can return to work or other social activities after one to two weeks.

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