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Upper Eyelid Surgery NYC

Aging of your upper eyelids can have an unfavorable effect on your overall appearance. Excess skin and sagginess can make you look older than you are, and make your eyes appear tired and aged.

Upper eyelid surgery, potentially an eyelift, upper blepharoplasty or browlift, as performed by Dr. Westreich, one of New York’s leading facial plastic surgeons, can reverse these changes. The procedure will leave you looking and feeling years younger. Your entire face will appear substantially more awake and alert, as the skin surrounding your upper eyelids is rejuvenated.

Changes to the eyelid region can occur as a result of sun damage, aging, and environmental factors. Of central importance in evaluating the upper eyelid is the position of the eyebrow. As forehead skin sags, the eyebrows drop, a phenomenon called brow ptosis. The forehead muscles become overactive in order to keep the brow skin off the eyelid skin. This may cause increased wrinkling and headaches at the end of the day due to prolonged muscle activity. Eyelid rejuvenation is a complex process that requires experience and accurate diagnosis in order to achieve natural and pleasant results.

Ptosis, or a drooping eyelids, refers to an upper eyelid that falls lower than it should. It is often associated with the presence of excess skin in the upper eyelid and may affect one or both eyelids. Ptosis can be accompanied by additional symptoms including watery eyes, tearing and compromised vision. As a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic eye surgery, Dr. Westreich is experienced with surgical techniques that allow him to lift one or both eyelids and reposition them in a youthful manner.

Main Types of Upper Eyelid Surgery

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Your upper eyelid lift is custom tailored by Dr. Westreich to achieve your personalized goals. The type of surgery needed to achieving 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, include:

  • Eyelift 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 to 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, so as to eliminate extra hanging skin folds and rejuvenate the eyebrow position and shape.

  • Eyelid Surgery or Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

    Typically excess skin is removed to help re-define the upper eyelid crease. The length and specific contour of the incision is 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 “double eyelids” has come to mark a significant aesthetic concern among Asian patients. 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 is directly targeted at the skin under the eyes. The procedure can be performed alongside upper eyelid surgery for more complete results. For more information on lower eyelid surgery, click here.

Candidates for NYC 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

Candidates for an upper eyelift generally have loose, sagging excess skin that is detracting from a patient’s youthful appearance. Some candidates for the procedure are older and the heavy look on the upper eyelids from sagging skin exaggerates their aging. As long as the skin on the upper eyelids is relatively elastic and the patient is in good overall health, an upper eyelid surgery by Dr. Westreich can be a viable option to refresh your appearance. With more substantial excess, brow surgery may be required.

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Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

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Dr. Westreich's Approach to Eyelid Surgery

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 off your upper eyelid, so that you will not look permanently shocked and so that 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 therefore expressly places the incision in the least detectible location.

If you are considering an eyelid lift, we encourage you to meet with Dr. Westreich. Leveraging his extensive training and education, Dr. Westreich expertly performs upper eyelid surgery in NYC to enhance the appearance of the eye region and ensure clear vision for years to come. Dr. Westreich’s approach is conservative in that he never over-operates, thus preserving the natural spontaneity of the eyes as they smile, as well as the integrity of the full range of human emotions. The end results is that friends, family members and co-workers may remark on how well-rested you seem, and on how attractive, without necessarily guessing you’ve had cosmetic work done.

Getting started

The first step in undergoing upper eyelid surgery is to set up your private consultation in the comfort of Dr. Westreich’s NYC office suite. There he will examine your eyes, take note of previous cosmetic and/or medical procedures, catalog any medications you are taking, and begin to 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 library of before and after success stories is a vital tool in helping you to move forward with confidence. You can select the results that you find most appealing, and this can assist Dr. Westreich in better understanding your aesthetic tastes. In addition, advanced computer imaging may be used as part of the consultation process to offer you a better chance of visualizing your outcome.

Where does surgery take place?

Although Dr. Westreich retains hospital privileges at multiple facilities around the city, he is pleased to offer surgery at an accredited outpatient center in NYC or in our office, depending on the procedure type. Eyelid surgery is performed under the strictest safety protocols, and makes use of 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 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 moderate 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 it has initially subsided.

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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 plastic surgeon, Dr. Westreich is entirely knowledgeable, experienced, and accredited to complete your surgery.

Upper Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Can you tell me more about surgery day?

On average, the surgery takes about an hour to two hours 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. Results of your upper eyelift are designed to be long lasting, and can effective for up to 10 years after a single procedure.


How does Dr. Westreich minimize scarring?

Dr. Westreich was recently voted by his colleagues to the list of best plastic surgeons in New York. He is extremely cautious 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, so that scarring is kept to an absolute minimum. If your recovery goes as planned, any scarring will not be readily visible by onlookers and hard for you to pick out several months after surgery.


Is upper eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

Depending on the intention of the surgery, an upper eyelift may be covered by insurance. If the procedure is sought for aesthetic purposes, insurance companies will not cover the cost of the surgery. However, if there is an actual health concern behind the decision, your insurance may cover the surgery.

Ptosis, for example, is a common upper eyelid condition that insurance may cover. Because ptosis can directly affect your peripheral and/or central vision, it is important that the patient seek the help of a medical professional. The condition can greatly affect your day-to-day life, causing unnecessary falling in the elderly and making such tasks as 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.


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