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Droopy, hanging eyelid skin can begin to develop as early as your 30s, becoming more and more prominent as the years pass. No matter how youthful your overall facial appearance, when you have excess skin on your eyelids or heavy bags beneath your eyes, you will look tired, older, and less energetic. A customized eyelid surgery in NYC by Dr. Mesa can help you look refreshed, youthful, and vibrant.

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or in medical terms, blepharoplasty should never be a “one size fits all” procedure. Every detail of your facial structure, skin quality, and appearance must be thoroughly analyzed when planning surgery. When under the care of Dr. Mesa, you can expect a refreshed, healthy appearance — not a “deer in headlights” look. A blepharoplasty in NYC can be performed on either the upper or lower lids to create a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

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How is eyelid surgery performed?

Upper eyelid surgery:

This procedure removes droopy excess skin, which in extreme cases can impact your vision. (If your vision is affected, health insurance may cover the cost of the procedure.) 

The incisions are made in the natural crease of your upper eyelid, and once healed, are virtually invisible. A tiny quantity of excess eyelid skin is carefully removed, along with any bulging fat in the upper eye region. The eyelids are tightened and the area is rejuvenated. Great care and attention is of the utmost importance for this procedure.

Lower eyelid surgery:

If you’re having lower eyelid surgery, a tiny incision is created just below the eyelash line. The ligaments of the lower eyelid will be tightened, and any fat pouches that are causing puffiness and bags will be repositioned to resolve a deep tear trough. This custom procedure can significantly improve your overall facial appearance if you have heavy lower lids, an excess of fat or muscle, or deep, visible tear troughs.

Both the upper and lower eyelid surgeries are completed by closing the incision with absorbable sutures or biological glues.

Before & After Blepharoplasty

Preparing for eyelid surgery NYC:

Before your eyelid surgery in NYC, we will prepare you with instructions to follow to help ensure your procedure goes well. We will provide a list of medications and supplements to avoid, which includes aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs that thin the blood.

Because you won’t be able to drive yourself home after surgery, arrange in advance to have a friend or family member drive you home and help you that night and the following day.

What can I expect during eyelid surgery?

You will need only local anesthesia for this in-office procedure. You will not experience any pain during the surgery, but should arrange for another person to drive you home afterward. There is very little discomfort associated with healing, which takes about ten days to two weeks.

Am I a candidate for blepharoplasty in NYC?

To be a good candidate for eyelid surgery in NYC with Dr. Mesa, you should be in good general health, a non-smoker or willing to quit, and have a full understanding of the surgery, recovery, and what to expect in results. If you have any of the following aesthetic conditions, you may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. This custom procedure can resolve any of the following:

  • Drooping upper eyelids
  • Excess skin covering part of your eye
  • Fatty deposits on the upper lids
  • Puffy upper eyelids
  • Bags beneath your eyes
  • Drooping lower lids that reveal the white of your eye
  • Wrinkled, hanging skin around the lower lids
  • Deep tear troughs
  • Impaired peripheral vision

Benefits of a blepharoplasty surgery:

Blepharoplasty surgery has many benefits for patients with drooping skin or bags under the eyes. Benefits include the following:

  • Reduced, smoothed eye bags
  • Improved field of vision and line of sight 
  • Reduced skin irritation from excess eyelid folds rubbing together
  • A more youthful, rejuvenated eye appearance
  • Greatly reduced or eliminated dark circles under the eyes
  • A fuller, smoother area under the lower eyelids
  • Fewer fine lines around the eyes
  • A lifted, younger-looking appearance

I had an amazing experience with Dr. Mesa. He and his staff are simply great. He did a lower blepharoplasty and I could not be happier with the result. Thanks Dr. Mesa. You are the best.

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Why choose Dr. Mesa for eyelid surgery?

A custom eyelid surgery can offer beautifully rejuvenated results, but the surgery must be performed with meticulous skill and a full understanding of the eyelid skin, muscles, and fat — along with knowledge related to differences in various ethnic groups. Dr. Mesa is a top-rated board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly praised for his blepharoplasty in NYC. His experience, dedication to his patients, and focus on achieving exceptionally natural results make him the ideal plastic surgeon for this delicate procedure. He has offices in New York, New Jersey, and Miami, and offers a rare combination of excellent techniques for eyelid surgery, along with warm, personal care.

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What is the recovery time after eyelid surgery?

You should plan on ten to fourteen days of healing time after your eyelid surgery in NYC. Planning in advance can speed healing and make the experience more comfortable. You will be provided with full written aftercare instructions, and you will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Mesa, who will be carefully monitoring your progress. He is always available to you should you have any concerns.

The swelling and bruising typically fade after two weeks. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, avoid alcohol, and avoid stressing your eyes by working on a computer, reading, or other similar activities that could strain your eyes. Stay out of the sun entirely, or if you must go out, wear sunglasses and a hat.

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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) FAQs:

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?

Insurance can be used to pay for your procedure if the procedure is needed to remove heavy skin that hangs over the eyelash line and interferes with the line of sight.

Will there be visible scars?

Dr. Mesa takes the utmost caution with his incisions to ensure the scar is carefully hidden in the natural crease of your eyelid.

What’s the right age for a blepharoplasty procedure?

Patients are usually in their 30s or older, but the “right age” may be as soon drooping skin on or around the eyelids becomes a concern.

When can I resume exercising?

You will be able to return to most exercise after 2-3 weeks.

How long does an eyelid surgery last?

The procedure takes 1-2 hours.

Can I wear contact lenses after the surgery?

You will need to wait to wear contact lenses for 1-2 weeks as your eyes heal.

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