Eyelid Plastic Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Albany NY

Given how dramatic the difference can be between eyes that appear rested and refreshed and eyes that appear tired and old, we believe that a well-performed upper or lower lid blepharoplasty can be an effective option available to those interested in rejuvenating their appearance. Blepharoplasty has become one of the most popular surgical procedures among patients over the age of 50, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

If you’re interested in “freshening up” your appearance but not quite ready for a more invasive facelift, our team invites you to read on, view our before & after photos, and come in for a consultation.

The Importance of an Experienced Plastic Surgeon

Blepharoplasty is an extremely delicate procedure that requires masterful technique, precision, and care on the part of the surgeon. With over 28 years and several hundred cases worth of eyelid surgery experience, Dr. Tauber and Dr. Yan have become adept at shaping eyes so that they appear bright, rested, open, and naturally more youthful without diminishing their intrinsic character, beauty, or familiarity. In short, patients trust DeLuca Plastic Surgery because of several factors:

  • Technical mastery, careful analysis, intelligent planning, and a proven track record for achieving the best result possible for their blepharoplasty patients.
  • A non-aggressive, appropriately conservative approach to all eyelid procedures.
  • Extremely low post-op complications rate.
  • Commitment to 24/7 patient care, both before and after surgery.

A Good Candidate for Eyelid Plastic Surgery

There are several conditions eyelid blepharoplasty can correct. A consultation is needed to determine which specific approach is best for you.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can help correct heavy drooping, reduce excess fatty deposits, tighten eye muscles and tissue, and reduce excess skin that interferes with vision. During the procedure, the surgeon enters through an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid which, when healed, becomes imperceptible.

Before & after upper eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty) - eyelid surgery albany ny
An artistic rendering of a fatty/droopy upper eyelid before (left) and after (right) upper eyelid blepharoplasty.

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is typically a purely cosmetic procedure. It involves reducing the fat from around the lower portion of the eye which tends to cause bulges around the eyes as we age. The procedure can be approached from the inside of the eyelid or through a small incision in the skin just below the eyelash line. In either case, once the incision heals, it too typically becomes imperceptible.

Before and after lower eyelid blepharoplasty - eyelid surgery albany ny
An artistic rendering of a lower eyelid with puffiness, excess skin and bags before (left) and after (right) lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
Eyelid Lift - Before & After Artist Example - eyelid surgery albany ny
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid) Example Before & After – Rejuvenation

Your Consultation with DeLuca Plastic Surgery

During your initial consultation for eyelid surgery, Dr. Tauber and Dr. Yan will thoroughly discuss your desires and expectations for blepharoplasty and rejuvenation around the eyes. After a careful discussion of your health history and previous treatments, he will conduct a thorough examination of your eyes and face, including your skin tone, texture, and elasticity, facial soft tissue relationships, bone structure, and muscle dynamics of the areas around the eyelids in particular. Your surgeon will carefully review the blepharoplasty procedure or a combination of procedures that suit you best. Dr. Tauber and Dr. Yan will answer all questions that you might have regarding any step of the eyelid lift process. By the end of your consultation with DeLuca Plastic Surgery, you will have the necessary understanding to make an informed decision regarding eyelid surgery.

Eyelid Plastic Surgery Recovery

Two weeks is the average recovery (or “back to normal”) time for most patients. Sutures are removed five to seven days after surgery, and swelling and bruising (which can be covered up with makeup) typically subside within two or three weeks. As with all cosmetic procedures, some patients experience very little bruising or swelling while others may take from four to six weeks to fully recover.

Get more details on the management of swelling and scars in blog post: Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery.

Before and After Photos

You will see various photos of blepharoplasty procedures. Feel free to browse through the images so that you may have a photographic idea of what to expect from your blepharoplasty surgery.

Look: Full Blepharoplasty Gallery

Eye Issues That Eyelid Plastic Surgery Cannot Fix

While eyelid surgery helps improve the shape of aging eyelids by trimming excess skin and sculpting of the deeper layers (fat and muscle), it is important to remember that this procedure cannot fix the following problems:

  • Droopy eyebrows
  • Wrinkles caused by smiling or squinting
  • Thin and sun-damaged skin
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Volume loss in the tear trough area

That said, many of the above issues could be corrected through other surgeries or cosmetic products. Beyond the specific details of a correct diagnosis, a consultation is needed to determine treatment options.

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