Double Eyelid Surgery NYC
What is a Double Eyelid Surgery?
Double eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure that involves reshaping the eye to create a crease in the upper eyelid and make the eyes appear more round. Also referred to as Asian blepharoplasty, double eyelid surgery is popular among individuals of East Asian descent, whose eye anatomy is often characterized by an eyelid without a crease. A double eyelid surgery in NYC can modify the appearance of the eye by adding a crease in the upper eyelid, an anatomical feature that is absent in about 50% of the Asian population and occasionally only absent in 1 of the 2 eyes.
The anatomic basis for a lack of an eyelid crease has been well established. The crease is formed by fibrous connections between the eyelid skin and the levator palpebrae superiorus muscle. When this connection is absent, the eyelid still functions normally, but does not have a supratarsal crease. Surgical techniques designed in order to create a crease establish attachments between the levator muscle aponeurosis and the overlying skin with sutures. All other aspects of the procedure are identical to typical blepharoplasty techniques.
Ideal Candidates for Double Eyelid Surgery
You may be an ideal candidate for double eyelid surgery if you:
Lack a crease in the upper eyelid.
Do not heal with thick scars (although this is uncommon on eyelids, even in patients who do not heal well in other areas of the body)
Are in good health, both physically and mentally
Have reasonable expectations based on doctor consultation
Preparing for surgery
Before undergoing the procedure, it’s important that you let the doctor know of any serious medical issues including diabetes, hypertension or heart failure. To ensure your safety and comfort, Dr. Westreich will want to be aware of any medications you are taking, including blood thinners, and even vitamin supplements. Clients are asked to stop smoking at least several weeks before surgery, as this will maximize your chances of a successful treatment and hasten your recovery period.
How is double eyelid surgery performed?
The surgical methods Dr. Richard Westreich uses depends on the patient’s unique anatomy and aesthetic goals. The doctor will evaluate the thickness of your eyelids and their volume of fat, the results of prior procedures, your age and whether you are male or female.
Your NYC double eyelid surgery will be performed under twilight sedation and usually takes about one hour.
Some techniques for double eyelid surgery include:
Full incisional. Fat, muscle and skin are removed in the entire eyelid. This method provides efficient and long-lasting results that augment natural beauty. It is the most common and popular approach for reshaping the eyelids.
Partial incision. Segmented incisions are made and tissue is removed selectively. This technique is well suited to those with droopy, thin eyelids who require a procedure with minimal downtime and scarring.
No incision (DST method or suture technique). Small sutures are placed above the eye to create folds. This method is appropriate mostly for those with thin eyelid skin.
Dr. Westreich, a New York-based facial plastic surgeon, performs double eyelid surgery as an outpatient procedure. The recovery period depends on the surgical method, but patients can expect at least 2-3 days of post-operative bruising. If extensive work is done, the healing time can be a 1-2 weeks. It can take up to six months for the eyes to fully heal and settle into their new shape, but the eyelids will appear natural-looking after a couple of weeks.
Why choose Dr. Westreich for your Manhattan double eyelid surgery?
As a double board certified surgeon, Dr. Westreich possesses a unique blend of skill, artistry and compassion that has served to grow his NYC practice and foster positive, long term relationships with all his clients. He is especially attuned to the Asian anatomy, having performed many successful double eyelid surgeries that enhance and complement the Asian features.
Dr. Westreich is also keenly attuned to the latest trends and innovations in cosmetic surgery, and passes these advances onto his patients. As such, he regularly attends industry conferences, seminars and networking events to learn of cutting edge techniques, equipment and software that may be of benefit to his practice. He is called on regularly to contribute his expertise and knowledge to peer-reviewed journals, as well as to appear on radio and television programming.
Where does surgery take place?
Dr. Westreich is adamant about providing the safest, most healing environment for his clients. To this end, he has created an in-office medical center that is accredited and outfitted with top-tier technology and staffed by the best in the business. His friendly team of registered nurses, medical assistants and surgical technicians are eager to provide you with a rewarding, productive stay and will go to any lengths to ensure your satisfaction with your procedure. From our welcoming, climate-controlled reception areas to our soothing, stylish recovery suites, your visit will be one of renewal and tranquility.
Double Eyelid Surgery Consultation with Dr. Westreich, NYC
During a double eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. Westreich emphasizes that the objective of the procedure is not to diminish unique ethnic features, but to enhance the eyes and to bring them into greater balance with the rest of the face. Dr. Westreich uses advanced techniques to achieve natural-looking results. If you are interested in double eyelid surgery in NYC, contact his Manhattan office to schedule a consultation.
During the consultation, the doctor will examine your eyes, record your medical history, including all previous ailments, surgeries, medications and chronic illnesses, discuss your questions and concerns in detail, and begin to formulate a unique treatment plan based on your wishes.
The doctor can show you photographs from our before and after library for double eyelid surgery, assisting you with forming realistic expectations for your transformation.
The consultation is also an excellent time to learn about any additional procedures that you might have an interest in, such as a brow lift, facelift or non-surgical skincare. Combining treatments can be extremely useful in minimizing downtime, reducing discomfort and making sure scarring is the least invasive possible.