The eyelids are one of the first facial structures to show signs of aging. As we get older, collagen production in your skin begins to slow down, causing your skin to lose resilience and elasticity. Loss of collagen can cause eyelids to “droop” or “sag,” which impacts your appearance and may limit your field of vision. Dr. Hooman Khorasani specializes in performing eyelid surgeries that deliver dramatic and long-lasting results.

To find out whether eyelid surgery can give you a renewed vibrance and refreshed look, visit Dr. Khorasani at our New York City practice. To request a consultation, message us securely, or contact Dr. Khorasani’s Manhattan office by phone at 347-574-8500.

What is blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can reverse the effects of aging around your eyes by removing excess skin and fat, giving your face a more rested and youthful look. Eyelid procedures fall into two categories: cosmetic blepharoplasty and functional blepharoplasty. Cosmetic blepharoplasties are performed to reduce signs of aging and improve the appearance of the face. They are for aesthetic purposes only. Functional blepharoplasties are recommended by a doctor for medical reasons. They are commonly performed when excess skin on the upper eyelid is so heavy that it weighs down the eyelid and impairs vision.

Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper, lower or both eyelids simultaneously to yield a dramatically, younger-looking appearance. After thoroughly examining your eyes and discussing your concerns, Dr. Khorasani will help you decide if a blepharoplasty surgery is right for you.

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What imperfections can be improved with eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgeries typically treat the following problems:

Drooping or sagging skin of the upper eyelids
Bags under the eyes
Puffy lower eyelids
Fatty deposits that lead to puffy upper and lower lids
Limited area for makeup application
Impaired vision due to a reduced visual field
Irritation caused by friction between excess folds of skin
Discomfort from overused forehead muscles
Facial expression that appears permanently tired

How do I prepare for eyelid surgery?

Your blepharoplasty surgical plan begins with an in-office consultation at our New York City practice. During this one-on-one meeting, Dr. Khorasani will discuss your reasons for pursuing eyelid surgery and the goals you hope to achieve. He will also evaluate your skin and facial structure, review your medical history and answer any questions you have about the procedure. This appointment is your time to get to know Dr. Khorasani and familiarize yourself with the details of eyelid surgery, so you can make informed decisions about your treatment and proceed with confidence. Once Dr. Khorasani understands your goals and determines you are a good candidate, he will create your personalized surgical plan.

What can I expect during eyelid surgery?

Dr. Khorasani performs blepharoplasties in the office, under local anesthesia. This method avoids many of the risks and complications that are associated with general anesthesia. This also translates to a significant cost savings to you, as you will not have to pay for the OR facility fees and anesthesiologist’s fee. Typically, you will only feel two needle pricks on each side of your face, and you are numb after these injections. If necessary, Dr. Khorasani may also give you oral medications for additional pain and/or anxiety management. The discomfort level with lower eyelid surgery may be slightly more pronounced. Therefore, Dr. Khorasani often gives patients moderate oral sedation during a lower eyelid procedure.

Lower Blepharoplasty

In a lower blepharoplasty, incisions will be made along the lower lash lines or on the inside of the lower eyelids. There are no visible scars when the incision is located inside the eyelid, but this approach is not suitable in all cases. Dr. Khorasani will choose the appropriate technique based on what must be accomplished during surgery to give you the best possible outcome.

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Upper Blepharoplasty

In an upper blepharoplasty, incisions will be made in the natural creases of the upper eyelids. The length and contour of the incisions will be determined by the amount of extra skin that will be excised during the procedure. Dr. Khorasani will then remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten the underlying muscles and remove excess skin. This is the most common form of eyelid surgery.

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What can I expect after eyelid surgery?

Dr. Khorasani and his team will carefully monitor your healing progress as you visit the office for follow-up appointments. You will be provided with detailed blepharoplasty aftercare instructions that may include the use of cool compresses and lubricating eye drops, sleeping on your back, wearing dark sunglasses and avoiding strenuous physical activity for a period of time. Following these instructions closely will minimize side effects and set you up for a safe and comfortable recovery.

If bruising occurs, you may have to use special makeup to cover the discoloration for seven to ten days. Use of contact lenses can be resumed in one to two weeks. Check out our tips to speed up recovery after eyelid surgery.

The most common side effects of eyelid surgery:
Bruising, which can last from seven to fourteen days
Swelling, which can last from three to ten days
Dry eyes, (though this is not as common)

FAQ's About Eyelid Surgery

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