Questions about Blepharoplasty

Dermatology, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in New York City (NYC) and Manhattan

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a more scientific name for eyelid surgery. It is a surgical procedure designed to restore a youthful, energetic appearance to your eye area by removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids, which can make them look puffy or saggy.

How do I know if I need a blepharoplasty?

For many people, the first sign of facial aging is when people start asking whether you are tired, sad, or angry, no matter what your mood. People may also not ask, but may respond in unexpected ways, and when you look in the mirror, you may be able to see the nonverbal cue responsible for their response: tired, sagging eyelids. Blepharoplasty is not the only procedure to rejuvenate your eyelids, and the only way to know if it is the right procedure for you is with a personal consultation.

What can blepharoplasty correct?

Blepharoplasty can improve many aspects of aging in the eye area, including:

  • Heavy or sagging eyelids
  • Slack or excess skin on eyelids
  • Puffy eyelids with excess fat
  • Dark circles or hollows under the eyes

Will blepharoplasty rejuvenate my entire eye area?

Blepharoplasty is a targeted procedure focused on the eyelids. Other procedures may be necessary to complete rejuvenation of the area, such as a brow lift, which will elevate sunken brows, BOTOX® Cosmetic for crow's feet, and laser skin resurfacing to correct fine lines and wrinkles in the area.

Can my upper and lower eyelids be corrected at the same time?

Yes. Upper and lower blepharoplasties can be performed at the same time.

How is blepharoplasty performed?

In an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, an incision is made in the upper lid to allow excess skin and fat to be removed. Sometimes, muscle may also be reshaped to ensure your eyelids do not hang down too much.

A lower eyelid can often be performed using an incision on the inside of the lid to remove or reposition fat in the area. However, if you have excess skin in the lower lid, a second incision may be necessary.

Does blepharoplasty leave a scar?

All surgeries leave scars, including blepharoplasty. However, the scars from blepharoplasty tend to heal very well, and are well concealed in the folds of the eyelids, or even inside the lower lid.

If you have more questions about blepharoplasty or other facial rejuvenation techniques, please contact Juva Skin and Laser Center to schedule a consultation at our central Manhattan location.

Bruce E. Katz, M.D., Director
60 East 56th Street, Suite 2,
New York, NY 10022-3204
212.688.JUVA (5882)or MediSpa: 212.421.9501
Fax: 212.421.9502

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