Blepharoplasty in New YorkYour eyes say a lot about you. Unfortunately, as time passes and you experience damage from sun exposure and poor lifestyle habits, this may include your age. Commonly, men and women develop excess skin on the upper eyelids that can hang over the eye and impede vision or puffy bags beneath the eyes that lead to a fatigued and prematurely aged appearance. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) helps rejuvenate your eyes to restore the radiant, youthful person you are inside by removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids. The board-certified cosmetic surgeons at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts have years of experience in restoring youthful and natural-looking eyes contours.
Why should I choose New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts?New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts is dedicated to providing safe, beautiful, and natural-looking results through customized cosmetic procedures. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons personalize your eyelid surgery based on your desires and needs, and they are there for you throughout the process. From your pre-op consultation to after your post-op appointments, you will always have access to your surgeon. This one-on-one care places New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts far above the rest.
What Are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?Blepharoplasty is performed on women and men to:
- Reduce upper-eyelid hooding
- Minimize bags and puffiness beneath the eyes
- Expand their range of vision
- Eliminate fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
- Maintain a natural appearance
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?The eyelids are often the first facial feature to develop aging, such as sagging skin and wrinkles. Blepharoplasty is common for men and women who wish to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes, bags beneath the eyes, and drooping skin above the eyes that may impair vision. By smoothing and tightening the skin in the upper and lower eyelids, Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Kim can provide their patients with a more youthful, refreshed look. Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery do not smoke, are in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results. Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Kim are highly experienced in providing optimal and natural-looking blepharoplasty results.
What Is Discussed During My Blepharoplasty Consultation?Your blepharoplasty may include upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or a combination of both. Since this surgery is personalized to you, you will need to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts. Our surgeons will conduct a thorough consultation, during which they will:
- Discuss your goals for your blepharoplasty
- Evaluate your skin condition
- Take photos and measurements
- Explain your surgical options
- Recommend combination procedures
- Develop a surgical plan
How Can I Personalize My Blepharoplasty?Eyelid surgery is performed to restore more youthful, natural-looking eye contours. Your surgeon at New Look New Life will work with you to tailor your treatment to your unique concerns. This procedure takes approximately one to two hours to complete, depending on the targeted areas.
What Is Upper Blepharoplasty?Upper blepharoplasty addresses eyelid hooding by eliminating excess skin and fat in the upper eyelid. This technique also helps eliminate the appearance of crow’s feet and other fine lines around the eyes. Upper blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia in the operating room. An incision is made in the natural fold of your upper eyelid (so it is hidden when the eye is open), and fat pockets are repositioned or removed. Excess skin is then trimmed, and the incisions are closed with removable sutures. The removal of fatty tissue and skin creates a lifting effect.
What Is Lower Blepharoplasty?Lower blepharoplasty reduces the appearance of puffiness and bags beneath the eyes to allow for a more awake and revitalized appearance. Lower blepharoplasty is performed under general anesthesia at our surgical center. An incision is made just below the lower lash line through which excess skin, fatty tissues, and muscles are repositioned or removed. The incisions are then closed with removable sutures. If a patient only requires the removal and/or repositioning of excess fat, the incision can be made within the lower lid (which eliminates external scarring); however, this technique does not allow for the removal of excess skin.
Should I Combine My Eyelid Surgery With Brow Lift Surgery?Eyelid surgery is commonly combined with brow lift surgery to address the eyes and the forehead. A lax and sagging forehead and brow can place pressure on the upper eyelids, causing them to sag and hang over the eyes even more. Sometimes, eyelid surgery alone is not enough to correct upper-eyelid hooding. Combining eyelid surgery with brow lift surgery helps to maintain balance in the upper third of the face and helps prevent eyelid laxity caused by heavy brows.
Should I Combine My Eyelid Surgery With Facelift Surgery?Eyelid surgery (and even the combination of eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery) only addresses the upper portion of the face. While the eyes are often the first area to experience significant aging, it is not the only area. Combining eyelid surgery with facelift surgery targets fine lines, wrinkles, sagging tissues, and excess skin all over the face to maintain balance and harmony.
Have Other Concerns About Eyelid Surgery?
What Will My Blepharoplasty Recovery Be Like?Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home after a short rest in our comfortable recovery suite. Because this procedure requires anesthesia, you will need assistance getting home and performing all household chores for the first day or so. You should plan to rest comfortably at home for up to a week. During this time, you should rest with your head elevated (for blood circulation) and not participate in any activities that will overstress your eyes, such as watching extended periods of television. You will experience some swelling and bruising around the eyes following your blepharoplasty. This swelling may cause a temporary blurring of vision, but this should resolve as the swelling subsides. Eye drops can be used to help resolve any dryness or itching of the eyes. Most blepharoplasty patients return to work and their regular day-to-day activities within seven to 10 days but should avoid strenuous physical activities for at least one to two weeks. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and Dr. Kim provide all of their patients with their cell phone numbers to be reached at any time during recovery.
Is Blepharoplasty Painful?Blepharoplasty is performed under local or general anesthesia to prevent any pain. You may develop some bruising, swelling, tenderness, and tightness afterward. Any discomfort can be lessened with prescribed or over-the-counter medication. Most post-operative discomfort remedies itself within a few days.
Will My Blepharoplasty Leave Scars?While all surgical incisions will result in scarring, our surgeons pay meticulous attention to the placement of the incisions to help ensure that the residual scars are hidden in the skin folds and can be concealed with makeup. All scars will fade with time.
What Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in New York?Your blepharoplasty is tailored to you, and the cost of your eyelid lift procedure will reflect this customization. At New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts, eyelid surgery starts at $5,500 for upper blepharoplasty, $7,500 for the lower blepharoplasty, and $9,500 for the combination of upper and lower blepharoplasty. These fees will include anesthesia fees, surgeon’s fees, facility fees, operating room fees, required garments, and follow-up visits. You will be provided with an accurate eyelid surgery cost estimate during your consultation that will take all of the above factors into account. We offer plastic surgery financing options to assist you in paying for your eyelid surgery in New York.
Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery
When will I see my blepharoplasty results?The results of your blepharoplasty will start to develop immediately after your surgery and continue to reveal themselves as the bruising and swelling subside. You will notice a reduction in the amount of skin and the sagginess of that skin following your surgery. Many blepharoplasty patients are pleased with their more youthful facial appearances.
How should I prepare for my blepharoplasty?Regardless of whether you require local or general anesthesia, you will still need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours. You will also be asked to avoid smoking and taking blood-thinning medication, including aspirin, ibuprofen, NSAIDs, and some herbal supplements for at least two weeks before surgery. Failure to stop these may increase your risk of complications during and after your blepharoplasty.
Will eyelid surgery affect my eyesight?Some patients notice a temporary blurring of their eyesight after blepharoplasty. This is to be expected and is not a cause for concern. Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure, and it will not affect the eyes themselves. If anything, blepharoplasty patients notice the improvement in their range of sight post-surgery, as they are no longer hindered by the excess skin that blocks their vision.
How does eyelid surgery differ from a facelift?Eyelid surgery addresses the upper and lower eyelids, but it does not address any concerns beneath the tear troughs. Alternatively, facelift surgery targets aging concerns on the middle and lower regions of the face and neck but does not affect the eyes or forehead. Patients can choose between these two procedures, or they can decide to combine them for complete facial rejuvenation.
Is there a non-surgical alternative to an eyelid lift?Eyelid surgery is performed to reduce or eliminate the signs of aging in the eyelids and around the eyes. While there is no non-surgical procedure that can eliminate excess skin, non-surgical injectable treatments can help to minimize the lines and wrinkles around the eyes. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections temporarily reduce the appearance of crow’s feet at the outer edges of the eyes and frown lines between the eyebrows. Dermal fillers can help restore volume to hollows beneath the eyes. While non-surgical treatments cannot replace the need for eyelid surgery, they are beneficial for individuals with a lesser degree of aging and can provide significant results when combined with blepharoplasty.
Are my blepharoplasty results permanent?The results of your blepharoplasty will be long lasting if they are well-maintained. This surgery works to reduce the amount of noticeable aging, but it does not stop the aging process from occurring. Lifestyle and hereditary factors may impact your long-term results, and you may eventually see the loosening of the skin. Fortunately, any fat removed during the procedure is gone for good, and you will always look younger than if you did not undergo blepharoplasty. Patients can extend their results by protecting their eyes from the sun and following a diligent skin care routine and healthy lifestyle, which includes getting adequate amounts of sleep each night.
What are the risks of eyelid surgery?Eyelid surgery is very safe, especially when you are in the hands of board-certified cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Kim. Complications and significant risks are rare; however, as with all surgical procedures, they are possible. Some of these risks include:
- Negative reactions to the anesthesia
- Nerve damage
- Numbness, which may be temporary
- Unfavorable scarring
- Facial asymmetry
At New Look New Life, helping you achieve beautiful results with minimal time away from your busy life is our goal. Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini is a New York cosmetic surgeon whose eye for detail and careful attention to her patients showcases itself in the gorgeous and natural-looking results they are able to provide. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Karlinksy-Bellini give our office a call today at one of our two New York locations (Manhattan and Westchester) and get ready for a new, more confident you.