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Main Types of Upper Eyelid Surgery in New York

Your blepharoplasty is custom-tailored by Dr. Westreich to achieve your personalized goals. The type of surgery needed to achieve a more youthful, vibrant appearance may differ from patient to patient. Below are the most common types of upper eyelid surgery that patients seek, each of which Dr. Westreich has extensive experience in performing:

Browlift for Sagging Eyebrow Skin

This type of upper eyelid surgery is intended for patients whose extra upper eyelid and eyebrow skin make the eyes appear smaller and worn out. Sagging skin at the top of the eyelid region and forehead can significantly weigh down a patient’s eyes when the eyebrows flatten. Small incisions in the hairline are used to free up the forehead and eyebrow tissues, which are then suspended in a higher position. This helps diminish forehead lines, take weight off the upper eyelids, and treat excess skin in that area as well. In this procedure, NYC facial plastic surgeon Dr. Westreich will lift the eyebrows and temple region to eliminate extra hanging skin folds and rejuvenate the eyebrow position and shape. Less invasive brow procedures, such as temporal lifts and brow-pexy procedures, are available to patients based on their goals and individual anatomy.

Eyelid Surgery or Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

Typically, excess skin is removed to help redefine the upper eyelid crease. The length and specific contour of the incision are determined by the degree of extra skin and its position in relation to the eyelid itself. Minimal fat removal in the central aspect of the upper lid can also be part of the surgery.

Asian Eyelid Surgery

Having a double eyelid is an aesthetic desire in some patients of Asian descent. Having single vs. double eyelids is a genetic trait and affects about half of the Asian population. Restoring a defining crease in the eyelids can make the eyes appear noticeably larger and more dynamic.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

As the name suggests, lower eyelid surgery directly targets the skin under the eyes. The procedure can be performed alongside upper eyelid surgery for more complete results.

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NYC Candidates for Upper Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Westreich performs upper eyelid surgery for two reasons:

  • To improve the aesthetic appearance of the eyes by correcting signs of aging on the upper eyelids
  • To improve vision by eliminating excess skin that is interfering with clear vision

As long as the patient is in good overall health, an upper eyelid procedure can be a viable option.

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Upper & Lower Eyelid Surgery Recovery

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Dr. Westreich’s Approach

You can rest assured that your procedure will give smooth, natural-looking results that you will be excited to show off to the world. Dr. Westreich will remove exactly the right amount of fat and skin from your upper eyelids so that you will not look permanently shocked and your results do not appear fake or exaggerated. Furthermore, Dr. Westreich understands the importance of a hidden incision, especially when it comes to upper eyelid surgery; he knows that any unsightly residual scarring would be directly visible on a patient’s face and always places the incision in the least detectable location.

If you are considering an upper eyelid lift, we encourage you to meet with Dr. Westreich. With his extensive training and education, Dr. Westreich expertly performs upper eyelid surgery to enhance the appearance of the eye region and ensure clear vision for years to come. Dr. Westreich’s surgical approach preserves the natural expressiveness of the eyes as they smile and the integrity of the full range of human emotions.

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Getting Started

The first step in undergoing upper eyelid surgery is to set up your private consultation in the comfort of Dr. Westreich’s office suite. There, he will examine your eyes, take note of previous cosmetic and/or medical procedures, catalog any medications you are taking, and answer your most pressing questions and concerns about the procedure. Dr. Westreich will then formulate a unique treatment plan customized to your individual issues.

Our previous success stories and results are vital tools in helping you move forward with confidence. You can select the results that you find most appealing, which can assist Dr. Westreich in better understanding your aesthetic tastes.

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Where Does Surgery Take Place?

Dr. Westreich retains hospital privileges at multiple facilities around the city. He also offers surgery at accredited outpatient centers in NYC or his office, depending on the procedure type. Our New York upper eyelid surgery is performed under the strictest safety protocols and uses our state-of-the-art technology and surgical equipment, as well as our friendly, experienced staff. Most of our staff members have undergone cosmetic procedures themselves and know the value of setting you at ease. They are eager to help you realize your aesthetic dreams and ensure your stay is productive, rewarding, and peaceful.

Recovery Process

In most cases, patients return home on the same day as their surgery and take at least one week off from work and other regular activities. Dr. Westreich usually removes the stitches within 5 to 7 days following surgery during a post-surgical appointment. There is usually a mild amount of swelling and bruising in the eye region after the surgery, so many of our patients prefer to stay at home during the first week of their recovery. Most of the swelling and bruising dissipates by the end of that week, although it is normal for a small amount of swelling to linger for up to 6 weeks. Dr. Westreich advises his patients to avoid things that may increase the risk of bleeding, such as vitamin E, fish oil, excess dietary salt, and aspirin. Patients should also refrain from strenuous activities and exercise for several weeks, as these activities can increase swelling, even after initially subsiding.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Consultation with Dr. Westreich, NYC

Your consultation visit is the crucial first step on the journey to your new look. This is your one-on-one time with Dr. Westreich to ask any questions and address any concerns about moving forward with your upper eyelid surgery. As always, Dr. Westreich wants you to feel fully comfortable under his care and will provide you with his completely honest, unbiased opinion every step of the way. As a renowned, double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Westreich is knowledgeable, experienced, and accredited to complete your surgery.

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Upper Eyelid Surgery FAQ

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Is upper eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

Can you tell me more about surgery day?

On average, the surgery takes about an hour to perform, depending on the severity of your condition. During this time, either local or general anesthesia will be administered to maximize your comfort and relaxation. The results of your upper eyelift are designed to be long-lasting and effective for 10-20 years after a single procedure. Uncommonly, some patients may have a secondary upper lid procedure many years later, but it is typically very minor.

How does Dr. Westreich minimize scarring?

Dr. Westreich is consistently voted by his colleagues to the list of best plastic surgeons in New York. He is extremely meticulous when placing the incision of this procedure, as the eyes are a focal point of the face. In general, the incision will be placed at the point of your eyelid’s natural crease to keep scarring to an absolute minimum. Assuming your recovery goes as planned, any scarring will not be readily visible to others and will be hard for you to pick out several months after surgery.

Is upper eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

Depending on the purpose of the surgery, an upper eyelift may be fully or partially covered by insurance. If the procedure is sought for aesthetic purposes, insurance companies will not cover the cost of the surgery.

Ptosis, for example, is a common upper eyelid condition that insurance may cover. Because ptosis can directly affect your upper visual field, it is important that patients seek the help of a medical professional. The condition can greatly affect your day-to-day life, causing unnecessary falls in older adults and making walking and driving much more difficult. If left untreated, ptosis can further develop and worsen. Our helpful staff will be happy to assist you in figuring out whether or not your insurance will cover the cost of your upper eyelid surgery, especially as it applies to correcting ptosis. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best upper eyelid surgery NYC has to offer.

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