Eyelid Surgery

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Eyelid Surgery services offered in Upper East Side, Upper East Side, New York, NY

Drooping, sagging, or wrinkled skin around the eyes contributes to a more exhausted or aged appearance, and it’s often the first skin to show effects of aging. At Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, board-certified plastic surgeon Eric Cha, MD, FACS, and his team perform upper and lower blepharoplasties to create a more youthful look. Call the office on Park Avenue in New York City to schedule an eyelid surgery consultation. You can also book an appointment online today.

Eyelid Surgery Q&A

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, can treat sagging eyelids, eyebags, and wrinkles surrounding your eyes. The skin around your eyes is delicate and prone to premature or severe signs of aging, even before you get wrinkles on other sections of the face. Treating this eyelid laxity can restore a more youthful or friendlier appearance to your aging face. 

Eyelid surgery can target the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. During your surgery at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery, the team removes any excess skin and fat around the eyes and repositions the underlying tissues and muscles. 

Who can benefit from eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery can benefit you if you experience:

  • Droopy eyelids (which can impair vision)
  • Sagging lower lids
  • Lack of a defined eyelid
  • A lack of an eyelid crease
  • Puffiness under the eyes
  • Fine lines and crow’s feet 

These procedures improve the elasticity of the skin around your eyes. While they won’t stop the aging process entirely, they effectively minimize such features for long-term results. You can maintain your results with regular nonsurgical procedures like fillers for wrinkles. 

Which types of eyelid surgery can I get?

The team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery performs eyelid surgeries using several different techniques. They plan your surgery based on your goals and your eyelid anatomy. They can perform:

Upper blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty surgically alters the upper eyelids with an incision along the lids’ natural creases. 

Lower blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty is surgery for droopy or saggy lower lids. There are several techniques for this type depending on the incision type and your end goals.

Double eyelid surgery (Asian blepharoplasty)

During double eyelid surgery, the team creates a new crease for your upper eyelid to develop a larger, more symmetrical, almond eye shape. 

What is recovery like after eyelid surgery?

Recovering after eyelid surgery involves some bruising and swelling as the skin around your eyes heals. With cold compresses or gentle application of ice packs, you can control swelling around your eyes. The team also prescribes oral medications to reduce pain.

You should wait around two weeks to return to work and around four to return to any of your other usual low-impact activities. You must wear highly protective dark-tinted sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Around the six-week mark, the swelling should subside completely.