Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) Specialist

Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery -  - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon located in New York, NY

Eyelid lifts can be used on the upper and lower lids to remove saggy skin and fat so patients look more youthful. As a top-rated cosmetic surgeon in New York, NY, and the surrounding region, Dr. Archer, at the Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery, is skilled in the most precise eyelid lift surgery techniques, offering custom solutions for each patient.

Eyelid Lift Q & A

What is an eyelid lift?

During aging, the delicate skin around the eyes often begins to droop and sag, creating a perpetually sleepy and worn out appearance as well as “bags” or puffiness under the eyes. Sometimes, the lower lid can become pulled down, revealing the white portion below the iris as well as the interior portion of the lower lid, or lids may turn inward 9entropion) or outward (ectropion). Eyelid lift surgery can address all these needs by treating the upper lids, the lower lids or both. Blepharoplasty is the medical term for an eyelid lift.

How is an eyelid lift performed?

Once the surgical site is prepared, the upper lids are treated using small incisions in the crease of the lid, enabling the scars to be hidden when the eyes are open. During lower lid surgery, the incisions will be made in the lash line or just inside the lid (called transconjunctival blepharoplasty) so scars remain hidden. Special instruments are used to remove excess fat and skin or, in transconjunctival blepharoplasty, to remove only the excess fat that causes “bags” under the eyes. Once the procedures are complete, very tiny sutures are used to close the incisions and a special ointment is applied to the area to prevent infection. Most procedures take between one and three hours, depending on whether one or both sets of lids are being treated.

What will recovery feel like?

There may be some swelling and bruising which usually resolve within about two weeks, and the lids may appear slightly red or irritated during the initial stages of healing. Prior to surgery, patients should discuss any eye or vision-related issues they may have, including chronic conditions like dry eyes or diseases like glaucoma. Patients who wear contact lenses may have to switch to glasses temporarily during the very early stages of healing to avoid causing irritation.