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Upper Eyelid Surgery

Uppder Eyelid Surgery FAQs

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is the technical term for eyelid surgery. It involves surgical repair or reconstruction of the eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be performed on the upper eyelids to achieve aesthetic improvements or to improve vision by resolving the obstruction of droopy upper eyelids.

How is blepharoplasty different from a browlift?

Eyelid surgery and a browlift in NYC are two plastic surgery procedures performed to restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes and upper face. Upper eyelid surgery removes loose, excess skin and lifts the upper eyelids. It opens up the eyes, making them appear bigger and brighter, and creating a more rested, awake appearance.

A browlift, also known as a forehead lift, raises the brow and reshapes sagging skin around the eyelids that can give the eyes a hooded appearance. This procedure can soften the look of the face by removing wrinkles, creases, and furrows that contribute to a worried, frustrated, or unhappy appearance.

Who is a good candidate for upper eyelid surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery is a procedure to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle in the upper eyelids. You may be a good candidate for upper eyelid blepharoplasty if you:

  • Have excess fatty deposits with puffiness in the upper lids
  • Have loose, hanging skin that causes folds and affects the contours of the upper eyelids or impairs vision
  • Want to restore a brighter, more youthful appearance to the eyes and face

What should I expect with eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is typically performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Incisions are discreetly placed in the natural folds of the eyelids to camouflage incision lines.

Through the carefully-placed incisions, Dr. Westreich removes excess skin, fat, and tissue, precisely and meticulously, to correct drooping eyelids and create the desired aesthetic effect. When the procedure is complete, incisions are closed with tiny sutures.

What is recovery like after upper eyelid surgery?

After surgery, you will have stitches, lubricating ointment, and possibly a bandage over your eyes and will not be able to drive. You will need to have someone transport you to your home and stay with you during the initial phase of your recovery. Depending on the patient and the extent of treatment, full recovery after upper eyelid surgery may take a week to ten days.

Are there any non-surgical options as an alternative to eyelid surgery?

With the latest advances in technology, patients who are hesitant about undergoing a surgical procedure have several non-surgical options for rejuvenating the appearance of the eyes:

  • Radiofrequency energy: A “10-minute” eyelift using radiofrequency energy may be an attractive treatment option for patients who want to improve the appearance of droopy eyelids. This procedure uses measured amounts of radiofrequency energy to stimulate natural collagen production and tighten the skin for a lift to sagging, drooping upper eyelids.
  • Fractional laser: This is an effective method for treating fine lines and textural problems around the eyes. It stimulates cell renewal and collagen production to naturally tighten the skin around the eyes.
  • Injectable treatments: Patients have options for non-surgical eyelid rejuvenation, including injections of dermal fillers in the tear trough area to fill in hollows under the eyes and BOTOX to treat crow’s feet, wrinkles around the eyes, and frown lines between the brows.

What are the benefits of upper eyelid surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery is a popular treatment that offers a variety of cosmetic and functional benefits. As performed by Dr. Westreich at New Face NY, this procedure:

  • Removes excess skin on the upper eyelids
  • Firms and tightens lax skin and muscles
  • Removes fat bulges above the eyes
  • Lifts heavy, drooping upper eyelid skin for improved vision and a rejuvenated appearance of the eyes


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