The eyes are often the first feature that one notices about a person. The thin skin of the eye area, however, is prone to some of the first signs of aging. Over time, the elasticity of the eyelids is reduced. There seems to be excess skin in the upper eyelid, making it appear droopy and tired. The area below the eye can appear swollen or have obvious bags. The skin may be wrinkled or loose and crepe-like. The eyes will appear tired, even when they are not. Blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift can give one an “uplift.” Dr. Jennifer Levine can perform many types of eyelifts in NYC to restore beautiful, vibrant eyes. The approach is tailored to the individual patient. Some patients require removal of excess skin, muscle and fat and tightening the wall. Sometimes, the lower lid procedure may be performed through an invisible incision inside the eyelid. At times the inner eyelid fat pads may need to be repositioned to prevent a hollowed-out appearance. Not one single technique of NYC eyelid surgery is ideal for everyone.
The SurgeryEyelid lifts can either be done alone or together with face and neck lifts or eyebrow and forehead lifts in NYC. *If done alone, the operation takes about one and a half hours for all four eyelids. The upper eyelid skin is removed through fine incisions placed in the upper eyelid creases. The fat is trimmed through the same incision. A fine suture is used to close the skin and is removed four days later. The lower eyelid fat is removed through an incision on the inside of the eyelid, so there is no visible scar. Furthermore, this incision is safest as it leaves the supporting muscles of the eyelid undisturbed. If there is extra skin of the lower eyelid, it is removed through a fine incision in a wrinkle just beneath the eyelashes.
The Recovery**Recovery from eyelid surgery in NYC is complete within seven to ten days. A small amount of lumpiness is usual at the corners of the eyes. Minimal blurry vision rapidly resolves. *Sunglasses allow you to go out in public immediately after Eyelid Plastic surgery, and make-up can be worn within five days. *Normal activity and exercise can resume three weeks after surgery.
Other OptionsWe sometimes combine eyelid lifts with new procedures called endoscopic eyebrow and forehead lifts to improve the height and maintain the contour of the upper eyebrow. We will discuss whether you might benefit from this combined procedure or a non surgical face lift in NYC during our consultation.
Blepharoplasty in New YorkBlepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the top performed plastic surgery procedures in New York and across the nation. This is largely because it creates dramatically rejuvenating results. Because the smallest of changes can impact the results, it is highly recommended to complete this procedure under the care of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Her expertise is one of the reasons Dr. Jennifer Levine is sought after for this procedure. She is also well-known for delivering results that look natural and require minimum downtime. To provide the best experience for her patients, Dr. Levine completes a growing number of blepharoplasty procedures out of the comfort of her office with the patient under local anesthesia. This is safer for the patient and reduces both downtime and cost significantly. If you are looking to rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes, schedule a consultation today by calling 212.517.9400.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of issues does blepharoplasty correct?Blepharoplasty can help improve the following:
- Eyes that look tired
- Droopy eyes
- Puffy or baggy eyes
- Dark eye circles
- Crow’s feet
- Eyelids that lack an upper crease
Lower blepharoplasty vs. upper blepharoplasty – Which do I need?Blepharoplasty is one of the procedures where a minor change can produce significant results. When you come in for your consultation, we will discuss your aesthetic goals and discuss options on how to achieve them. Dr. Levine will then put together a plan and indicate whether both, upper and lower blepharoplasty are necessary. With us, you’re in great hands. Dr. Levine is often recommended for upper and lower blepharoplasty in NY by patients and colleagues alike.
Should I consider blepharoplasty?To determine if you are a good fit for blepharoplasty in New York, you will first come in for a consultation with Dr. Levine. Once your medical history and any other pieces of relevant information have been discussed, Dr. Levine will recommend the best course of action for your specific case. There may be additional procedures that are recommended for you based on your specific goals.
What happens during the first consultation?During the initial consultation with Dr. Levine, she will assess all your facial features as well as take down all of your relevant health history. It is important to take a look at how the desired changes will affect the harmony of your face. If any additional procedures would be helpful for your specific case, this is when Dr. Levine would recommend them to you. After your consultation we can schedule your appointment for your blepharoplasty.
Are there any ways to enhance the effects of the procedure?Yes, there are a few ways in which you can enhance the effects of the procedure. For example, use of non-surgical treatments such as botox or filler to restore a more youthful contour to the face is often opted for by patients. Sometimes at the time of eyelid surgery, patients undergo brow surgery, or a mid-face surgery to achieve optimal results. If you have any questions or concerns about other procedures aside from your blepharoplasty, do not hesitate to ask Dr. Levine during your consultation.