New York Eyelid Surgery

  • "People always ask me if I'm tired"
  • "I always look depressed and sad"
  • "My eyes make me look ten years older than I am..."

More than any other facial feature, the eyes have a tremendous impact on your appearance. For many, it can be a negative impact.

Your eyes are often the first place to show the signs of aging. This is because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on your face. It also has fewer oil glands, weaker internal support, and gets more exercise than even your mouth. Combine that with hereditary factors, sun damage, stress, and fatigue, and you see why the eyelids are the first to go.

And why so many people, young and old, male and female, can benefit from eyelid surgery. It can make a big difference in the way you look.

Surgery of the eyelids (blepharoplasty) can remove bags, fat pouches, and excess skin from under and over the eyes. It can even help those whose vision is impaired by sagging upper lid skin.

Eyelid surgery is sometimes accompanied by a forehead or eyebrow lift to lessen forehead creases and raise drooping or sagging eyebrows, or by laser skin resurfacing to remove the crepe-like wrinkles and "crow's feet" that occur around the eyes.

Eyelid SurgeryThe eyelid surgery usually takes about one hour, is performed under local anesthesia with sedation, and is done as an outpatient procedure. Surgery will most likely happen at our New York plastic surgery center, but for your convenience, the consultation and aftercare can be in New York or at our Connecticut cosmetic surgery office. Most patients are in our surgery center less than four hours, and are comfortably home in their own beds in time for the afternoon news. Upper lid incisions are always made in the depths of the natural skin crease in order to make their visibility minimal.

Lower lid surgery can be done in one of two ways. When excess skin is to be removed, a fine incision is made at the lid's edge - just below the eyelashes. Then, excess fat and skin are trimmed away and ultra-fine sutures are used to close the incision. The incision is so fine, most men and women return to work in less than one week.

In cases where only excess fat - which causes all of the puffiness — is to be removed, no external incision is made at all. Rather, the tiny incision is made through the conjunctiva — the internal membrane behind the lid (transconjunctival blepharoplasty).

Excess fat is removed allowing the lid to become smooth — and no sutures are even needed for closure. No bandages are applied after eyelid surgery, and sutures, when they are used, are usually removed within four days.

After surgery, there may be some mild soreness, but this is easily controlled with the medications we provide. Any swelling and bruising can be minimized by keeping cold compresses on your eyes, as well as by taking the medications we provide. Most of our patients are up and around one or two days after the procedure and usually return to work in a week or even less. Most of your friends, co-workers and family won't even know you had eyelid surgery unless you tell them — although many will probably remark on your improved appearance.

You will be amazed ay how a little improvement in your eyes can have such a dramatic impact on both your physical appearance and your mental attitude.

You'll look refreshed. Alert. Awake. And be thrilled that you do.

If you think you are a candidate for blepharoplasty in New York, we invite you to request a consultation and then call 212.861.4100 today to schedule your appointment. You can meet with Dr. Erlich at our Connecticut plastic surgery center or in New York City to discuss your surgical expectations and questions.

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