Blepharoplasty (Eye Lift) Cosmetic Surgery
Eye Lifts, along with other Body, Face, Breast and Nose Procedures that I perform, can help give you a renewed physical and emotional self-confidence. The most important first step is for us to have a consultation to discuss your concerns, needs, expectations and to answer ALL of your questions. Having a mutual understanding is valuable for your success since your well being is my main concern. – Brian D. Cohen, M.D.
Eye Lift Surgery in Great Neck and Manhattan
It is an unfortunate truth that as we age, body parts begin to sag. Muscles weaken and skin loses its elasticity. While we may associate this sagging with belly, breast and neck tissue, eyelids sag too. As a matter of fact, droopy eyelids are a very visible sign of aging that many people wish they didn’t have. Luckily, modern plastic surgical techniques make sagging eyelids a problem that is easily remedied with a procedure known as a blepharoplasty. If you are plagued by sagging eyelids and live in the New York City or Nassau County, Dr. Brian D. Cohen is ready to help you appear more rested, bright-eyed and youthful than you may have thought possible.
Dr. Cohen is a highly respected plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan and Great Neck. Recognized in Super Doctors, New York 2019 Edition for the 7th year in a row, he is known not only for his surgical precision and artistry but for his warm concern for his patients. He prides himself on his personal consultations with prospective patients during which he makes it a point to listen as well as speak, answering all questions with ease and clarity. He feels strongly that it is important for doctors and patients to be connected by a bond of mutual trust and respect. If you come to Dr. Brian D. Cohen considering a blepharoplasty, you will quickly realize you have come to the right place.
What exactly is a blepharoplasty also known as an eye lift?
A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the upper and lower eyelids. During the procedure, Dr. Cohen removes excess skin and fat with the eyelids. This is done to rejuvenate sagging upper lids and with regard to the lower eyelids, address bags under the eyes and fine wrinkles in the lower lids as well.
In many cases, blepharoplasty is more than a cosmetic procedure since severely sagging skin around the eyes can diminish peripheral vision, particularly in your upper and outer field of vision. If your upper eyelid droops close to your pupil, a condition known as ptosis, your central vision may also be impacted.
It should be noted that if your vision is impacted by your sagging lids, the surgical procedure is more likely to be covered by your insurance. For most patients, blepharoplasty is a simple operation that has positive, satisfying results. It may improve your vision and will certainly make you look more youthful and alert.
How To Prepare for a Blepharoplasty
As noted, it is extremely important to have an initial consultation with Dr. Cohen to determine whether a blepharoplasty is appropriate in your case, to clarify all aspects of the procedure and to establish that you are a good candidate for the surgery. It is also imperative that you discuss your expectations regarding the procedure so that you and Dr. Cohen are on the same page.
Once you have decided to have a blepharoplasty, Dr. Cohen will take a complete medical history, including questions about previous surgeries and medical problems, especially those concerning the eyes. It is essential for him to know if you have dry eyes, allergies, glaucoma, circulatory issues, a thyroid condition, diabetes, or another underlying disease or disorder that may affect the procedure or its results. He will also need to know what medications you take (both prescribed and over-the-counter), whether you take any vitamins or supplements, and whether you smoke, drink alcohol or ingest recreational drugs.
In addition to getting to know you and explore your medical history, Dr. Cohen will:
- Do a physical examination which may include measuring your eyelids
- Test your visual acuity
- Photograph your eyelids from various angles
He will also advise you to stop smoking for several weeks before surgery and to stop taking any blood thinners, NSAIDs, or herbal supplements that may increase bleeding.
The Procedure Itself
Blepharoplasties are typically performed at an outpatient surgical site under a local anesthetic and sedation. When Dr. Cohen works on your upper eyelids, he cuts along the fold of the eyelid in order to remove excess skin, possibly muscle and fat. Once he closes that incision, he works on the lower lid, making the cut just below the lashes or inside the lower lid. From the lower incision, he removes or redistributes excess fat, muscle, and sagging skin, and then closes the cut.
What To Expect After Eye Lift Surgery
After a relatively short period in the recovery room, you will be able to be taken home by the person who brought you to the surgery. You can expect to experience at least some of the following symptoms in the immediate aftermath of the procedure:
- Pain or discomfort
- Blurred vision (due to lubricating ointment)
- Double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Swollen, numb eyelids
- Bruising on or around the site (“black eyes”)
To alleviate postsurgical symptoms, Dr. Cohen will provide you with instructions for aftercare, including:
- Ice packs or cool compresses during the day (to reduce swelling)
- Gentle cleaning of eyelids
- Application of prescribed eye drops or ointments
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain
- Dark glasses to protect eyes and lids from sun and wind
- Sleeping with your head elevated above your heart
He will also tell you to avoid the following for at least a week:
- Strenuous activity, heavy lifting and swimming
- Rubbing your eyes
- Wearing contact lenses
- Taking any NSAIDS or supplements that may increase bleeding
All stitches are removed 5-7 days after surgery. You should be completely healed within 10 to 14 days, though you should continue to protect your eyelids from excessive sun exposure.
Blepharoplasty Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Appearance and Your Outlook
If you are considering blepharoplasty, take a look at the Brian D. Cohen, M.D. website and check out our photo gallery to see the stark contrast in the before and after images of patients who have had this procedure. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you will enjoy a more youthful, wide-awake appearance as well as possibly improved vision. Don’t hesitate to take this relatively small step to give yourself a boost of self-confidence and rejuvenation.