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Reasons to Consider a Blepharoplasty

Sep 01, 2022

Reasons to Consider a Blepharoplasty

Not sure if it’s time to nip and tuck your eyelids? We’re here to take the guesswork out of your aesthetics. Keep reading to find out if you’re a good candidate for blepharoplasty.

Let’s face it: time affects our whole body, but it often shows the most on our faces. Cheeks lose their volume, lips thin out, and wrinkles and fine lines suddenly appear. While you may feel comfortable wearing some of these changes as a badge of honor, we understand if there are some changes you’d rather reverse. 

Our team of experienced plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island in Roslyn Heights, New York is dedicated to bringing you the best anti-aging treatments, including blepharoplasty for your sensitive eyelid area. 

How your eyes change

The skin around your eyes is some of the most sensitive in your whole body. It’s thin and flexible enough to stretch over your eyes and protect them from the elements, but that same delicacy is also its greatest weakness. 

Eyelid skin doesn’t contain nearly as much subcutaneous fat, collagen, or oil glands as other areas of your skin. That’s why just one bad night of sleep can cause your eyes to puff up or look hollow. The thinness of your eyelids also causes them to be one of the first victims of aging. 

As you get older, your skin loses its ability to keep its shape, impacting the skin on your face, under your eyes, and virtually everywhere else on your body. But because your eyelids are so delicate to begin with, the effects of aging are usually more severe and sudden around your eyes. 

Excess skin and fat can gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids, and bags under your eyes. Not only is this a frustrating cosmetic problem, but sagging eyes can also impact your vision and eye health, as well. And that’s where blepharoplasty comes in.

A sight for sore eyes

Blepharoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from your eyelids. We recommend this surgery when you have:

  • Baggy or droopy upper eyelids
  • Excess skin on your lower eyelids
  • Bag under your eyes
  • Fine lines and wrinkles below your eyes

We especially recommend blepharoplasty if excess skin is blocking your side (peripheral) vision and/or contributing to chronic dry eye. 

What to expect

Blepharoplasty is a surgery, but it’s not as invasive as you might imagine. We perform blepharoplasty on an outpatient basis, which means you get to go home after the procedure. You only need local anesthesia and sedative medication to keep you comfortable as we work. 

In upper eyelid surgery, we create an incision along the natural crease of your eyelid. Then, we carefully remove excess fat and skin before closing your eyelid with tiny sutures and surgical adhesive. In lower eyelid surgery, the process is very similar, except we make our incision just below your natural lash line. 

Because we use the natural contour of your eyelids, we can significantly reduce scarring. Most of our patients can return to their normal routine within a week, but there are a few rules of thumb to follow after your surgery. 

We recommend that you avoid contacts for a couple of weeks, protect your eyes from the sun, and don’t wear any type of eye makeup until you’ve completely healed. After three to four days, you return to our office to have your stitches removed. Once fully healed, your eyes will look brighter, younger, and more alert. 

Think you need a little lift around the eyes? We’d love to talk with you. Call our friendly staff at 516-714-5430 or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.