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The eyes are one of the most significant features of your face. As Shakespeare said, “The eyes are the window to the soul.” Without a doubt, your eyes say a lot about you--from your age, your health, your emotions to even your personality, your eyes can communicate much more than you might think.

Unfortunately, as we age, the skin around our eyes begins to sag and wrinkle, which causes your eyes to look older, hooded, tired, and grouchy, and can even interfere with eyesight. Under the eyes, bags and dark circles form, which further adds to the look of exhaustion, unhappiness, or age. However, you might be feeling happy, youthful, and rested.

A blepharoplasty in Long Island is designed to lift the upper and lower eyelids and create a refreshed and youthful appearance that allows you to appear as you truly feel.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, commonly called eyelid surgery or an eyelift lift, is a procedure that rejuvenates the eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be done on the upper eyelids to lift and tighten loose skin, on the lower eyelids to reduce or eliminate puffy bags and dark circles, or on both eyelids at the same time. Blepharoplasty creates youthful, happier-looking eyes.

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Why get a blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is needed when the skin around your eyes has become lax, causing a number of concerns:

  • sagging, heavy or hooded eyelids 
  • impeded vision (from drooping eyelid skin)
  • tension headaches (caused by straining muscles due to drooping eyelids)
  • excess fat or puffiness under the eyes
  • wrinkles around the eyes 
  • a tired, sleepy appearance around the eyes
  • dark circles or bags under the eyes

Blepharoplasty provides significant benefits for those who are suffering from any of the above concerns, leaving the eyes looking more youthful, alert, and naturally pleasant looking. Benefits include: 

  • greater field of vision
  • reduced or eliminated skin irritation from eyelid folds rubbing
  • minimized or eliminated eye bags and dark circles
  • a rejuvenated and rested appearance
  • a more full area under the lower eyelids
  • reduced or eliminated forehead straining and tension headaches
  • lifted, younger-looking eyes
  • fewer fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes

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Am I a candidate for blepharoplasty in Long Island?

Before your blepharoplasty in Long Island, you will have a detailed consultation to discuss your concerns and medical history, have your skin and eyelids examined, and determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for a blepharoplasty procedure. Candidates meet the following general requirements:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Have no medical conditions, including eye conditions
  • Do not smoke
  • Would like to address sagging eyelids or eye bags and circles
  • Have realistic expectations for what a blepharoplasty procedure can achieve

What happens during the procedure?

Preparing for surgery

Before your procedure, we will ask that you stop taking certain medications that thin the blood. These include aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs, herbal supplements, or any other medication that could interfere with your healing.

We will also ask you to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure and be available to help you the following day after your blepharoplasty.

The surgical procedure

For upper blepharoplasty and an upper eyelid lift, this can be done with local anesthesia. However if you prefer it, your procedure can be done under general anesthesia. All other eyelid surgery and blepharoplasty procedures use general anesthesia. 

Once the procedure begins, an incision is made in the crease of the upper and lower eyelid. To address the upper eyelid, extra skin is removed and the eyelids are tightened so that the skin is no longer sagging. For the lower eyelid, the ligaments of the lower lid are tightened, and fat tissue is repositioned to remove bags or puffiness. The skin of the lower lid is settled newly, creating a youthful, smooth under-eye area. The eyelid incisions are closed with absorbable sutures or biological glues.

Upper blepharoplasty vs lower blepharoplasty

Upper and lower blepharoplasty are two different procedures that can be performed singly or in conjunction with each other.

Upper blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty is performed if you have sagging skin, hooded eyes, excess fat or puffiness on the upper eyelids.

Upper blepharoplasty lifts and reduces the loose skin, and occasionally muscle and fat, on and around the upper eyelids. Using small incisions in the upper eyelid crease, extra tissue is removed while the remaining skin is tightened. Scarring is very minimal. This procedure can be combined with a brow lift, Botox or fillers to further enhance the results.

Lower blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty is performed if you have excess skin, dark circles, puffy pouches or bags under the eyes.

During lower blepharoplasty, the ligaments of the lower eyelid are tightened via a small incision in the inside or outside of the lower lid, and fat is repositioned to eliminate puffy bags or pouches. The lower lid skin is redraped to create a smooth, rejuvenated result. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures or biological glues.

Recovery and results

After your eyelift lift in Long Island, expect swelling and bruising around your eyes. While the swelling and bruising take a couple of weeks to disappear, you can return to work after about one week. 

If you wear contacts, wait for ten days to two weeks before wearing them again. Glasses may be worn the day after your surgery.  Sleep on your back for one to two weeks. Wait for three or four weeks before you exercise again or expose yourself to the sun. 

Once you have healed, you will be able to fully enjoy the results of your blepharoplasty--rejuvenated, youthful, smooth skin under the eyelids and tightened, natural-looking upper eyelids that no longer sag or droop. The area around the eyes will be tighter and smoother, and there will be fewer wrinkles. 

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Why choose North Shore Cosmetic Surgery? 

Northshore Cosmetic Surgery is led by board-certified Long Island plastic surgeon Dr. James Romanelli and includes double board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. John Layliev and Dr. Yee Cheng Low. Our highly experienced surgeons work together as a team to provide the highest standard of service for both men and women. Their expertise and authority on body, breast, and face procedures such as blepharoplasty have earned them a reputation for trustworthiness and excellence. 

North Shore Cosmetic Surgery offers an AAAASF certified, state-of-the-art facility for safe and effective procedures. We welcome you to our luxurious, friendly atmosphere, designed to give you fresh confidence and a highly satisfactory experience.

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Blepharoplasty FAQs

Will there be scarring?

Scarring is very minimal, and in some cases, there is no scarring at all.

How long does the surgery take?

Blepharoplasty takes one or two hours.

How long until I can drive again after blepharoplasty?

Patients generally begin driving after 1-2 weeks.

How long will blepharoplasty results last?

Upper blepharoplasty results last 5-7 years. Lower blepharoplasty results are essentially permanent, lasting for more than 20 years.

Can I have upper and lower blepharoplasty at the same time?

Yes, these procedures are commonly done simultaneously.

When can I return to work after blepharoplasty?

Usually patients return to work one week after their blepharoplasty procedure.

When can I wear eye makeup again?

Wait for two weeks before you wear makeup or false eyelashes again.

What is the best age for blepharoplasty?

The procedure can be done at any age if there is enough sagging or bags around the eyes.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Upper Blepharoplasty and Upper Eyelid Lift can be performed under local anesthetic. For all other blepharoplasty and eyelid sugery procedures, these use general anesthesia.

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