Despite feeling well-rested and healthy, younger and older patients alike struggle with looking perpetually fatigued or stressed. In many cases, this is caused by reduced support in the upper and lower eyelids occurring over time with declining collagen and elastin production. The effects of the natural aging process combined with sun exposure and the delicate anatomy of the eye’s supportive tissues often lead patients to seek out blepharoplasty — a cosmetic procedure designed to smooth the eyelid contours. Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery, can refresh the upper and lower lids to alleviate a sleepy or aged appearance. This is accomplished by treating excess skin, protruding fat, and lax musculature in the region surrounding the eyes. Dr. Ira Savetsky, a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, performs blepharoplasty to brighten your appearance and emphasize the natural character and beauty of your face.
What Can Blepharoplasty Improve?
Eyelid surgery can treat the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both regions depending on the extent of your concerns. As signs of aging in the upper face become more noticeable, loose skin nestled around the eyes can inadvertently convey emotions like anger, fatigue, and unhappiness. Blepharoplasty can be very effective for patients who feel their eyes look more aged, exhausted, or stressed than they may feel. In general, this facial plastic surgery can:
- Correct eyelid “hooding,” a condition in which excess skin and tissue droop into a patient’s line of sight
- Smooth the eyelid contours to look more youthful
- Brighten the eyes and achieve a more lively, alert appearance
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, such as crow’s feet
Blepharoplasty can refresh the eyelids with beautiful results, but the procedure is not designed to treat sagging skin in the brow or forehead. Those who would like to improve drooping brows and/or frown lines may consider undergoing brow lift surgery instead, or combining their blepharoplasty with a brow lift for more inclusive rejuvenation.
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?
Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed today. If you believe your appearance doesn’t align with how you feel on the inside, eyelid surgery is one option to achieve upper facial rejuvenation. “Hooding,” a phenomenon caused by the upper eyelids drooping into a patient’s line of sight, can be a very telling indication that you may benefit from eyelid surgery, as well as:
- Puffy upper and/or lower eyelids
- Excess eyelid skin and drooping tissue
- Bags or dark circles underneath the lower eyelids
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are in good health and have no unmanaged medical conditions that may interfere with the healing process. Dr. Savetsky can confirm whether blepharoplasty is the best procedure to achieve your goals during a consultation, where he will be able to develop a treatment plan tailored to address your concerns. A facelift and neck lift is often performed with blepharoplasty to comprehensively rejuvenate the upper and lower face, depending on each person’s goals.
How is the Blepharoplasty Procedure Performed?
Whether patients opt to treat the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, the blepharoplasty procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting under local or general anesthesia. Upper eyelid surgery is designed to smooth skin laxity along the eye contour, which can accumulate along the lash line and potentially obstruct one’s field of vision.
A lower eyelid lift, on the other hand, can address puffy or droopy under-eye bags by removing bulging fat while tightening the skin of the lower eyelids. Dr. Savetsky helps ensure a natural-looking outcome by targeting the fat in the deeper facial planes rather than the superficial fat, allowing him to avoid an artificial or overdone look. He also complements blepharoplasty techniques with fractionated facial fat transfer to soften the junction between the lower lid and cheek (tear trough). The entire procedure usually takes approximately two hours and sutures are removed after five to seven days. Patients can also return to their normal daily routines, barring strenuous exercise, at this time.
What Can I Expect During the Eyelid Surgery Recovery Period?
After eyelid surgery, swelling and bruising around the eyes are to be expected. Patients usually feel well enough to perform light activity after a couple of days while most people return to non-strenuous work within one to two weeks. You will have thorough aftercare instructions detailing how to facilitate a smooth recovery period, such as keeping the head elevated above the chest and taking good care of your incisions. Most swelling should subside within one to two months, although residual inflammation may still be present for as long as six months.
How Long Do Eyelid Surgery Results Last?
The outcome of blepharoplasty is designed to be long-lasting and natural, often providing improvement for 10 – 15 years and beyond. Nothing will completely stop facial aging, but treatment options like eyelid surgery can slow down the aging process as well as help individuals age more gracefully. While the natural aging process will continue, those who received eyelid surgery should always look younger and more refreshed than individuals who did not undergo the procedure.
There are many measures that can maximize the longevity of blepharoplasty results, including protection from sun exposure, healthy living, and preventative maintenance. In order to prolong the integrity of your results, our team recommends:
- Always wearing sun protection, such as a high-SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc.
- Living an active lifestyle including a healthy diet rich in antioxidants
- Using high-quality skincare products
- Undergoing periodic non-surgical treatments, such as microneedling, facials, and peels
Will I Have Noticeable Blepharoplasty Scars?
Dr. Savetsky meticulously places incisions within the natural folds and contours of the eyelids, allowing inconspicuous, if not undetectable, post-surgical scarring. Upper blepharoplasty typically requires an incision along the natural crease of the upper lid, while lower blepharoplasty is usually performed via an incision made along the lower lash line. This discretion typically allows scars from eyelid surgery to blend in with areas of natural anatomic transition. Please feel free to explore our before-and-after photos to get an idea of what you can expect from the outcome of blepharoplasty.
While eyelid surgery scars are relatively discreet, patients can help improve their post-surgical scars with lightening creams, medical-grade skincare products, and sun protection. If you’re concerned about scarring, don’t hesitate to reach out to our New York City office to speak with a member of our team or to book an appointment with Dr. Savetsky.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?
Eyelid surgery costs vary according to your geographic location and the experience of your plastic surgeon. In New York City, the cost of blepharoplasty ranges from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the specific details of your treatment plan. While this offers a general approximation, your actual cost estimate will be assessed according to:
- The type of eyelid surgery procedure performed
- The surgical technique(s) utilized
- The extent of your concerns
You will receive a personalized quote after your consultation and our office will speak with you about payment and financing options. Our practice works with leading healthcare lending company CareCredit®, which provides low- to no-interest payment plans for qualified patients who are considering elective treatments and procedures.
Eyelid surgery is one of the most frequently performed and effective procedures to maintain an energetic and youthful look in the upper face. If you’d like to learn more about treatment, contact Dr. Ira Savetsky to discuss your concerns and goals in a private consultation.