By removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes. It is typically a cosmetic procedure but can also improve vision by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision. Blepharoplasty can be performed in conjunction with laser skin resurfacing to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles and achieve a glowing appearance.
The procedure is performed in the newest state-of-the-art surgery center in Westchester. Incisions are made along the eyelids in inconspicuous places (in the creases of the upper lids, and just below the lashes on the lower lids). The surgeon removes excess tissue through these incisions and then stitches them closed with fine sutures. In the case that no skin needs to be removed, the surgery will likely be performed through a transconjunctival incision that is made on the inside the lower eyelid with no visible scars.
Stitches are removed after 5 days and most people return to work in 1 week. Contact lenses may not be worn for two weeks. Cold compresses may be applied for 2-3 days after the procedure to diminish swelling and bruising, which usually is apparent for 7 to 10 days.
Correcting eyelid procedures that interfere with your vision may be covered by your health insurance.