Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty in Paramus at Art Plastic Surgery

Puffiness around the eyes is often the noticeable sign of aging. Eye bags and drooping eyelids can make you appear tired or sad, in addition to making you look older than you are. Over time, drooping eyelids can become severe enough to obstruct a peripheral vision and cause discomfort. That’s why eyelid surgery—medically known as blepharoplasty—is frequently sought out to restore the contours of the orbital area. Eyelid surgery can make you look youthful and alert while reducing eyestrain and opening your field of vision.

Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or a combination of both areas. When you visit our team of board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Luis A. Zapiach and Dr. John T. Cozzone, they’ll carefully review your goals and suggest the best treatment approach for you. To schedule a consultation with our doctors, contact our Paramus, New Jersey plastic surgery practice online or by telephone at (201) 251-6622.

What are the Benefits of Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery creates a wide range of potential benefits and can do the following:

  • Improve your peripheral vision, making it easier for you to drive safely.
  • Eliminate crow’s feet, sagging eyelid skin, and puffy, dark circles below the eyes.
  • Reduce eyestrain by treating eye dryness or excessive eye watering. (Because our eyelids distribute tear film, poor eyelid function frequently leads to eye moisture issues.)
  • Make it easier to apply cosmetics.
  • Make you appear more alert, upbeat, and vivacious.

Patients seek eyelid surgery for medical reasons, cosmetic reasons, or both. Dr. Cozzone and Dr. Zapiach personalize every blepharoplasty they perform to reflect the patient’s individual needs.

What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

Upper and lower blepharoplasty are conducted using slightly different methods, as outlined below:

The primary purpose of upper eyelid surgery is to remove loose skin, recreating youthful eyelid contours. This stops the overhanging upper eyelid skin from drooping downwards and causing vision obstruction. Tightening the skin of the upper lids also smooths fine lines.

To perform upper eyelid surgery, our doctors make a tiny incision within the crease of each eyelid. Using this location ensures that scar tissue is hidden by the natural folds of the lid. They then surgically remove excess skin and close the incisions. We can also raise eyelids that are droopy from stretched our eyelid muscles at the same time.

During lower eyelid surgery, a tiny incision is made within the interior portion of each lower eyelid. Because these incisions are made inside the eyelid, patients won’t experience any visible scarring after having lower blepharoplasty. Most patients may need an open approach using a sub-ciliary incision, rather than transconjunctival (in the lash line). Be sure to ask our doctors what approach us best for you during your consultation.

Excess fat is then removed from the bags below the eyes, greatly reducing their size. Sometimes, an incision is made on the exterior of each lid (just below the lash line) to permit the removal of excess skin. However, this is usually only necessary for patients with severe tissue laxity. We also tighten the lower eyelid to recreate a more youthful, wider eye. The lower eyelid muscle is re-draped at the same time, which creates a younger, smoother, more lifted cheek. We also perform facial fat grafting and/or brow lifts at the same time.

Eyelid surgery usually takes three hours to complete; however, combined upper and lower blepharoplasty can last up to four hours. Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, so you’ll get to go home on the same day you have your operation.

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Our team is ready to help you navigate through the next steps of you booking your procedure. Contact us today!

Eyelid Surgery FAQ

The incisions made are very small, so they tend to heal quickly and produce little if any, scarring. You can expect your incisions to be mostly healed within seven to ten days; however, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience swelling and mild bruising for up to three weeks. This occurs because the tissues that surround the eye are quite sensitive. Most people can return to work about two weeks after having eyelid surgery.

During recovery, you will need to use medicated eye drop ointment to aid healing. These can cause temporary blurred vision, but they won’t harm your eyes. You will also need to be very careful to avoid sun exposure for the first month after your operation. Sun exposure can permanently darken scar tissue, making it more noticeable.

Yes, absolutely. Blepharoplasty is often incorporated into facelift surgery to uniformly lift and rejuvenate the face; this approach works very well for mature patients who have a significant amount of loose skin. Younger patients (those under 50) may choose to combine lower eyelid surgery with a Silhouette Instalift to correct signs of aging throughout the mid-face, without having to worry about substantial recovery time or scarring. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Zapiach and Dr. Cozzone will explain your options in more detail and help you design a customized, comprehensive treatment plan that fits into your schedule.

Any mature adult who has noticed undesired changes in the shape of their eyelids or under-eye region can potentially benefit from this surgery. Likewise, some young adults choose to have upper eyelid surgery to alter the appearance of congenitally hooded or creaseless eyelids. This type of procedure, which is sometimes called Asian Eyelid Surgery, creates a crease in the upper eyelid.

To have eyelid surgery, you will need to be in good overall health and be a nonsmoker. You will also have to discontinue the use of blood-thinning medications at least two weeks before you have surgery.

Yes; if you’ve had an unsatisfactory experience with another surgeon in the past, our doctors can revise your results. Dr. Zapiach has specialized training in oculoplastic surgery, and he has extensive experience performing revision eyelid surgery. He can restore both the form and the function of eyelids that have been compromised by poorly executed blepharoplasty.

Schedule a Blepharoplasty Consultation in Paramus

Whether you’re hoping to improve your vision, your appearance, or both, eyelid surgery can help. To learn more about this procedure, contact Art Plastic Surgery to arrange a one-on-one consultation. We look forward to welcoming you to our New Jersey plastic surgery practice, where we’ll provide you with attentive, personalized care.