Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid Rejuvenation in NYC

A person can tell a lot about you through your eyes—your age does not have to be one of them. Drooping eyelids and puffy bags are common signs of aging and may cause you to look much older than you are. With each eyelid surgery, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini strives to restore the radiant and youthful person you are on the inside.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a type of cosmetic surgery that can rejuvenate the look of the eyes by treating excess skin and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. Through skilled eyelid surgery, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will help you appear younger and better rested by bringing attention to the natural beauty of your eyes.

Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

At New Look New Life in Manhattan, our surgery team recommends blepharoplasty for men and women who wish to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, bags under the eyes, or dark circles under the eyes. Eyelid surgery is designed to address excess or sagging skin above or below the eye that causes puffiness or droopiness, and, in some cases, can even impair vision. By smoothing and tightening the eye area, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini gives her patients a youthful, more refreshed look.

Can I schedule an eyelid surgery?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will conduct a thorough consultation with you and will recommend the best treatment. You may schedule a convenient appointment for eyelid surgery after the review.

How soon will I see results after my eyelid surgery?

The results of your eyelid surgery are immediate and you will continue to see improvement as swelling subsides in the weeks following the procedure. (*)

How should I prepare for eyelid surgery?

Little preparation is needed for your eyelid surgery, but you will be instructed to avoid smoking, blood thinning medication, and NSAIDs such as aspirin, Advil® or ibuprofen, and Aleve® for two weeks before and after surgery.

Upper blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia in Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s office operating room, while lower blepharoplasty is done under general anesthesia at her surgical center. You will experience little discomfort after the procedure, but, for safety, you should arrange a ride home.

How is blepharoplasty performed?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will plan your eyelid surgery to address your unique concerns. During upper eyelid surgery, your New York cosmetic surgeon is careful to place the incision in the natural fold of your eyelid for more inconspicuous healing. From this point, she will work on fatty tissue and excess skin as needed, creating a lifting effect. Similarly, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will hide the incision for lower eyelid surgery just below the lower lash line. Extra skin, fatty tissue, and sometimes muscle are removed through this incision to eliminate under eye bags. If only fatty tissue is to be treated from the lower lid, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini may make the incision inside the lower lid, though this scarless procedure does not address excess skin.

How long does eyelid surgery take?

Eyelid surgery takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the targeted areas.

Do I have to stay overnight after eyelid surgery?

No overnight stay is needed. Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires only a short rest in our comfortable recovery suite.

What should I expect with eyelid surgery recovery?

You will experience some bruising and swelling around the eyes after surgery. Resting with your head elevated can help reduce the pain even quicker. For some patients, the swelling causes temporary blurring of their vision that resolves itself as the skin around the eyes heals. We may recommend the use of eye drops to help with any dryness or itching of the eyes. Within 7-10 days, you should feel comfortable enough to resume your normal activities.

Can I exercise after eyelid surgery?

You will be advised to avoid physical activity for one week following surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding.

What are the risks with eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is highly safe and effective. During your consultation, she will provide you with a thorough overview of potential outcomes. The risk of complications from eyelid surgery could include infection, poor scarring, and bleeding.

Patients experiencing any unusual or concerning symptoms are advised to call Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s cell phone immediately.

Are eyelid surgery results permanent?

Eyelid surgery results can vary by individual and often are long-lasting, though lifestyle and hereditary factors may impact your long-term results. The fat that is removed to address puffiness is gone for good; however, through the natural aging process, you may notice a relaxing of the skin around the eyes in the future.

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

At New Look New Life, eyelid surgery starts as low as $5,500 for the upper eyelids, $7,500 for the lower eyelids, or $9,500 for both upper and lower blepharoplasty. You will be given a detailed quote during your consultation. The cost of your eyelid surgery will include your surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility and operating room fees, required garments, and all of your follow-up visits. Click here for information on how to pay for your eyelid surgery in New York.

What are patients saying after eyelid surgery?

Our eyelid surgery patients are thrilled with their more youthful, refreshed, and alert appearance. Read what they have to say about the benefits of being a New Look New Life patient here.

Are there alternatives to eyelid surgery?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is dedicated to performing the most targeted and appropriate procedures for your cosmetic goals. After discussing your goals and desired appearance, she will evaluate your needs and recommend the most effective treatment. Patients who wish to improve the appearance of their eyes may benefit from a brow lift or other non-surgical treatments such as injections or laser skin resurfacing.

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.

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Meet Our Physician Team

Victoria Karlinsky Carey J. Nease, MD Rita Shats, M.D. Cosmetic Gynecology in Manhattan

Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, M.D. , Carey J. Nease, MD and Rita Shats, M.D.

Our cosmetic surgeons are highly-skilled and trained as body scultpting, facial and vaginal rejuvenation specialists with extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and treatments.

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