A blepharoplasty surgery is done to remove excess eyelid fat and/or skin, as well as repair droopy eyelids on a patient. This surgery is often done with other surgical procedures, including a face lift, neck lift, Botox, and/or dermal filler injections. Patients may consider this surgery if sagging or droopy eyelids keep their eyes from opening all the way, or if they pull down on the eyelids themselves. Dr. Ascherman has years of experience performing eyelid surgery, including for both the upper and lower lids. This type of plastic surgery procedure can make the eyes look younger.
Blepharoplasty may be a great option for a patient if they have:
- Excess skin on the upper eyelids that at times can even affect vision
- Excess skin on the lower eyelids
- Baggy/droopy upper eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
Before eyelid surgery is done, Dr. Ascherman conducts a physical exam of your eyelids. A vision examination is also done to test peripheral vision if there is a concern that the excess tissue is limiting your vision. Photographs of the patient’s eyes are taken from different angles as well.
Eyelid Surgery in New York City
For upper lid surgery, incisions are made on the fold of the eyelid and any excess fat, skin and/or muscle is removed first. Stitches are then used to close the site. On the lower lid, Dr. Ascherman usually makes an incision just below the lashes. Excess fat, muscle and/or skin are then removed, and the incision is closed. The length of surgery varies with the amount of material that must be removed from the patient.
In terms of after care, some patients will experience a large range of temporary symptoms, including but not limited to: watery eyes, puffy or numb eyelids, and black and blue eyelid skin. Dr. Ascherman will also ask that you use ice packs intermittently the day of and the day after surgery. Stitches are usually removed 4 to 5 days post-op. Bruising and swelling generally subside in 10 to 14 days. Scars may take several months to fade.
Dr. Ascherman specializes in performing facial surgical procedures, such as blepharoplasty, for patients who live in New York City, Westchester, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as for those who are coming from further out of town for the procedure. To learn more about his experience, call today to schedule a consultation.