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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery—medically known as blepharoplasty—is a cosmetic procedure designed to correct bagginess, droopiness, and signs of age and exhaustion around the eyes. Customized based on the unique needs of the individual, this treatment can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both in combination.

New Jersey plastic surgeons Luis A. Zapiach, MD and John T. Cozzone, MD are highly experienced in performing eyelid surgery for both women and men. Through meticulous surgical technique and personalized care, our doctors can help you achieve a more youthful, rested aesthetic with this effective procedure.

Please contact our practice online or by telephone at 201-345-3518 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cozzone or Dr. Zapiach.

What Can Eyelid Surgery Do?

The benefits of blepharoplasty are numerous, helping to significantly diminish the appearance of aging and stress that may be causing you to look older than you really are. Depending on your specific concerns and aesthetic desires, eyelid surgery can help:

  • Eliminate excess, hanging eyelid skin
  • Reduce fat and/or puffiness throughout the eye region
  • Smooth lines and wrinkles on the eyelids
  • Diminish the visibility of dark circles and under-eye bags

Along with these cosmetic benefits, blepharoplasty may even help improve field of vision for individuals whose eyelid skin droops so low that it covers part of the eyes.

How Is the Eyelid Surgery Procedure Performed?

Depending on your specific goals, eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper or lower lids, or both. During a consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss each technique in great detail and determine which approach would be most beneficial for you. A brief overview of both blepharoplasty methods is provided below.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery is designed to remove excess skin that may be affecting your vision, or is giving you a tired appearance. Our plastic surgeons will eliminate the excess and lift the remaining skin, smoothing it out for a more refreshed aesthetic. Incisions are made in the crease of the upper lid, making any visible scarring from the procedure very hard to detect. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed as an outpatient and generally takes about one to three hours to complete.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery primarily addresses puffiness and bagginess under the eyes. Your surgeon will make a small incision in the under the lower eyelashes. Then he will remove excess fat, skin, and muscle, and reshape the remaining skin to form a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Lower eyelid surgery often takes only about one to three hours to complete and can be performed on an outpatient basis.

A combination of both upper and lower eyelid surgery will typically take longer to complete; however, a combination procedure can still be performed as an outpatient in most cases.

What Is Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?

Your eyes will likely be lubricated with a special ointment following the eyelid surgery procedure. Some degree of swelling and bruising can be expected for the first couple of weeks after surgery; however, any pain and discomfort can be managed with medication. Some light sensitivity and temporary blurry or double vision can also be expected in the days following eyelid surgery, though these symptoms should gradually resolve without issue. Although strenuous activities should be avoided for two to three weeks after the procedure, normal daily activities can typically be resumed a few days after eyelid surgery.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

The total cost of blepharoplasty will be dependent upon several different components. First and foremost, price is impacted by whether treatment is performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Additional elements that factor into the overall expense include:

  • The extent and complexity of the aesthetic concerns being addressed
  • Fees associated with the operating facility and anesthesia
  • The credentials, experience, and surgical expertise of the plastic surgeon
  • The region of the country in which the practice is located
  • Whether or not blepharoplasty is performed in combination with facelift surgery, brow lift, injectables, and/or other cosmetic procedures

To help make eyelid surgery as affordable as possible for our patients, Art Plastic Surgery offers plastic surgery financing options through CareCredit®, which is a reputable third-party healthcare lender. CareCredit® provides an assortment of monthly payment plans with little to no interest rates, making it an excellent solution for individuals who wish to pay for blepharoplasty with financial assistance.

Asian Eyelid Surgery

In general, many individuals of Asian descent either do not possess a crease in their upper eyelids, or they do have a crease but it is low-lying and virtually undetectable. This characteristic is called a “single fold,” and it is what distinguishes the appearance of Asian eyelids from Caucasian eyelids—the latter of which typically have a “double fold.”

Asian eyelid surgery, also known as double eyelid surgery, is a special approach to blepharoplasty designed to create a natural-looking crease in the upper eyelid for men and women desiring to achieve a “double fold.” The end result can make the eyes appear larger and more expressive for an enhanced overall aesthetic.

To learn more about this advanced blepharoplasty technique, please visit our page dedicated to asian eyelid surgery.

Revision Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty is an incredibly intricate and delicate procedure. As such, the results may not always be satisfactory when treatment is performed by an inexperienced and/or unqualified doctor. For women and men who are dissatisfied with results a of previous eyelid surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons offer revision blepharoplasty, also known as reconstructive blepharoplasty. By customizing treatment based on the specific needs of the patient, they can address problems such as noticeable scarring, over- or under-correction of aesthetic concerns, unresolved issues, and more. For additional information, please check out our page on revision eyelid surgery.

Schedule a Blepharoplasty Consultation

Dr. Zapiach or Dr. Cozzone will be happy to meet with you and discuss all aspects of eyelid surgery in an initial consultation. Please contact us for more information.

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