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.
Eyelid 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.
*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.
We 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.
“I am 64 and although people say I look good for my age I was feeling like my eyes always looked very worn out and made me look very tired. My eyes used to be one of my best features and they were looking smaller every year and my eyelids were drooping. It was constantly upsetting me. My mother had to have eyelid surgery to improve her vision and I knew I would probably have to have the surgery sometime in the future as well. I had thought about having eye lid surgery for cosmetic reasons but I was nervous about it. I finally decided to have a consultation with a doctor who was highly recommended by two doctors I know and he was awful. He talked to me for a few minutes, barely looked at me and seemed very distracted. Then he called in his business manager to book my surgery. I was horrified!
I did a lot of research and I found Dr. Levine. I was looking for someone to do upper and lower eye lid surgery and it was important to me that they only did facial surgery. I liked Dr. Levine immediately. She was honest, very easy to talk to, and I liked that she believed in only doing what looked natural. She is also double board certified and has great credentials. I felt very comfortable and I knew I could trust her.
My surgery was last January and I am beyond thrilled. The procedure and the healing was much easier than I had thought it would be and there was absolutely NO pain…which totally surprised me! Dr. Levine had me come to her office fairly regularly to make sure that I was healing properly and to address any concerns I might have.
The outcome is even better than I expected! I am in the performing arts and I see a lot of people through my work. I only told my close friends that I was doing the surgery. The best part is that no one realizes that I even had the surgery done but every week someone has told me how young I look. I am so happy that I found Dr. Levine. She’s wonderful!”