Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery in NYC
Thomas Romo III, MD, FACS is one of the most experienced and respected plastic surgeons for blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) in the world, known for his meticulous minimally invasive surgical techniques and for achieving natural-looking results with a shorter recovery period. As a world-renowned innovator in surgical methods as well as an inventor of new endoscopic instruments for facial surgery, Dr. Romo’s practice draws patients from New York City, across the United States, and internationally for all of their surgical and non-surgical facial cosmetic needs.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is the technical term for eyelid surgery, which may be done on either the upper or lower eyelids or both at the same time. As the eyelids age, the supporting soft tissue and skin weaken, causing the upper eyelid creases to diminish and fat pads to appear on the lower lids. Eyelid surgery is also popular to help create a more youthful and rejuvenated look for Asian patients.
What results can an eyelid lift achieve?
Blepharoplasty may be used to:
- Remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids
- Fix sagging eyelids
- Correct puffiness and bags under the eyes
- Create a refreshed and firmer-looking eye area
- Lift the eyelid to achieve better vision
- Help remove shadowing under the eyes
- Make your eyes look bigger and brighter
- Help make your face look younger and more open
- Create a natural-looking crease in Asian eyelids
Am I a candidate for blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery may be recommended for patients of both genders facing one or more of the following aesthetic or functional concerns:
- Excess skin above or below the eyes
- Eyelids that hang so low that it’s affecting your vision
- A half-moon shaped line beneath your eyes
- Puffy eyes that make you look tired
- Skin around your eyes that makes you look older than you are
While blepharoplasty is sometimes performed as a single procedure, when performed on its own, the surgery may make other problematic facial areas even more pronounced. A blepharoplasty procedure will not alter fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes nor can it change sagging eyebrows. Depending on a patient’s needs and desired results, Dr. Romo may also recommend an eyebrow lift or facelift in conjunction with eyelid surgery to achieve the best and most natural-looking results.
What does blepharoplasty involve?
Based on the treatment plan and specific needs of the patient, Dr. Romo will surgically correct either the upper or lower eyelids, starting by removing any excess skin.
There are two basic approaches to the lower lid blepharoplasty procedure. The appropriate technique will be determined by both Dr. Romo and the patient.
- The external approach, also called a skin-muscle approach, removes skin and fat pads
- The more conservative internal approach, called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, removes the fat pads only
All incisions will be made along the natural crease lines so any scarring will be virtually invisible. Most eyelid surgeries for Asian eyelids create a crease in the eyelids where there is none; this surgery is done for both eyes.
Here’s an overview of what you can expect during a blepharoplasty:
- An upper or lower blepharoplasty can take 1‒2 hours (when performed as a single procedure), depending on the complexity
- When performed in conjunction with other procedures, the surgery time may vary
- You will be given an anesthetic so you will not feel any pain
- You may have some swelling and bruising after the procedure
- The day after the procedure, cold eye gels can be applied to help reduce swelling
- After surgery, the eyes may temporarily feel sticky, dry or itchy
- Depending on the type of stitches used, sutures may be removed in 3‒5 days or stitches will dissolve on their own
- Eye drops and sterile ointments may be recommended to help keep the eye area clean
- Recovery and potential downtime can range from 10‒14 days, although most patients can return to work in about a week
- Scars are minimal and located along the crease line to conceal visibility
Where can I find the best blepharoplasty surgeon in NYC?
If you are interested in learning more about blepharoplasty and other procedures Dr. Romo offers, call our office today at 212-288-1500. You can also schedule a consultation with Dr. Romo by filling out our appointment request form. You deserve to look and feel your best, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!