Written by Dr. Halaas
Over time, our eyelids begin to change. Typically, eyelids start to droop and sag, with bags starting to appear under our eyes and fine lines starting to form. This is a normal part of the aging process, often influenced by genes, sun exposure, and lifestyle habits such as smoking. These changes can make you look old, tired and even give the impression that you are upset or sad. Sagging eyelids can also cause health issues such as limited vision, headaches, irritation, and fatigue.
Eyelid surgery in New York City, also called blepharoplasty, is a relatively minor procedure that provides great results. Your eyes and face will look refreshed and your appearance will reflect how you actually feel. Double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yael Halaas, a specialist in anti-aging procedures, is recognized as one of the best facial plastic surgeons in New York City.
As an expert NYC eyelid surgeon, Dr. Halaas is highly experienced in blepharoplasty procedures and has performed thousands of eyelid surgeries. Besides blepharoplasty surgery in NYC, she also offers Asian eyelid surgery, which preserves the patient’s ethnicity while achieving the desired aesthetic results. Start your journey to a more youthful look by making an appointment with Dr. Halaas today. Learn what eyelid surgery in New York City can do for you.
Before performing your blepharoplasty procedure in NYC, Dr. Halaas will meet with you in her fully accredited NYC clinic to discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals, whether you are concerned about droopy upper eyelids, puffy lower eyelids, crow’s feet (“laugh lines”) or a combination. She will then do a detailed eye examination and analysis to determine the cause of these conditions and the best ways to remedy them. Drooping eyelids are generally caused by too much fat, not enough fat, or loose/wrinkled skin, though Dr. Halaas will asses your specific case and decide which is the best procedure for you. This analysis is important to achieve the best results.
With her special interest in providing patients with the most natural results, Dr. Halaas always takes the surrounding areas of the face into account to achieve coherent, integral results. Her art history training from Columbia University combined with her expert knowledge as a skilled double-board certified facial plastic surgeon means that Dr. Halaas will carefully examine your features to create a treatment that enhances your natural beauty. If it is in line with your aesthetic goals and enhances the results, she may recommend supplementing your blepharoplasty in NYC with skin resurfacing, a brow lift or a full facelift. During the consultation, feel free to ask any questions you might have about risks, complications, and recovery.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty: Removes droopy upper eyelid skin. In this straightforward operation, expert NYC eyelid surgeon Dr. Halaas trims just the right amount of eyelid skin and excess fat needed to obtain your desired result. The incision will be hidden in the natural fold of your upper eyelid. While people will notice your fresh, rejuvenated appearance, they are not going to notice that you had surgery. Recovery is easy with mild bruising that subsides within several days to a week.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty: Fixes sagging or puffiness of the lower eyelids. In this procedure, Dr. Halaas removes excess skin, muscle, and fat and may also reposition fat and/or tighten lax muscles as needed. The incision is hidden just below the lower lashes in natural crease lines where it is nearly invisible. In cases where excess fat is the main cause of sagging or bulging, the best approach may be to simply remove the fat through an incision inside the lower eyelid (this technique is called transconjunctival blepharoplasty). Furthermore, blepharoplasty is sometimes accompanied by laser treatment to tighten the lower eyelid skin.
Asian eyelid surgery: A unique procedure that creates a crease of skin in the upper eyelid partially covering the inner corner of the eye, also called the epicanthal fold. This fold is absent in approximately half of the Asian population. The artful and natural creation of this fold while respecting the patient’s ethnic considerations is key to success. Dr. Halaas performs three types of Asian eyelid surgeries depending on the unique appearance of each patient.
When you decide to have blepharoplasty in NYC, you are welcomed at our modern New York City office, conveniently located in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Dr. Halaas will discuss the available options so that you have the most comfortable experience. Often, patients can choose between local anesthesia with a mild sedative or general anesthesia. Incisions are made with the utmost care in natural folds and crease lines so the procedure will be virtually invisible. The procedure takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the exact treatment area or combination of treatment areas chosen. Blepharoplasty is one of the most successful operations in facial plastic surgery.
After blepharoplasty, your body will need time to heal. During the consultation and before the procedure, aftercare instructions will be discussed in detail. We always recommend bringing someone that can accompany you home. After the surgery, your eyes may feel sticky and dry and your vision may be blurry from swelling and from the healing ointment. Bruising and inflammation can last from a week to a month but the discomfort should be minimal. To speed healing and minimize swelling, it is recommended to apply cold compresses to the treated area and keep your head upright. You may also be given eye ointments or eye drops. About 3 to 7 days after surgery your stitches will be removed (unless they are self-dissolving). You can apply makeup to camouflage any bruising after the stitches are removed.
Eyelid surgery is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S. The benefits are not only cosmetic but medical as well. By removing excess skin, eyelid surgery can greatly improve eyesight, reduce headaches, and make you feel less tired. The cosmetic benefits of this procedure are numerous as it revitalizes one’s appearance. NYC eyelid surgery transforms a tired, swollen, sad look into a confident, rejuvenated and attractive gaze. Many patients receive positive feedback from their environment after the procedure and they feel like they recognize themselves again in the mirror.
A successful surgical procedure starts with a qualified, trusted medical practitioner. Expert NYC eyelid surgeon Dr. Halaas is hailed by her peers, the media and professional organizations alike for her expertise and outstanding results when performing reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery. As a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, she is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey. Recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in New York, she is dedicated to continuous training and education and provides only top patient care.
Do you want to improve your eyelids for cosmetic or medical reasons? Are you looking for an expert NYC eyelid surgeon to achieve beautiful and natural-looking results? Book a consultation with leading plastic surgeon Dr. Halaas. She will provide a thorough examination in which she evaluates your situation and makes recommendations to restore the natural appearance of your eyelids with undetectable state-of-the-art techniques and rejuvenating outcomes.
For more information about blepharoplasty in NYC, please call (212) 688-5955 or visit Dr. Halaas’ clinic in New York City to set up your no-obligation eyelid surgery consultation today.
No, eyelid surgery does not hurt. You will receive a local anesthetic so that you will not feel anything about the procedure. The needle for the anesthetic may feel uncomfortable, but this will pass in a second.
Yes, Dr. Halaas can perform a complete procedure in both areas. The benefit of performing simultaneous upper and lower blepharoplasty is that you only have to recover once.
The effect of the eyelid correction is visible for the rest of your life. Because we remove too much skin, the benefits will be long-lasting. However, your skin may sag again in the years following the procedure. This is the reason that we re-treat some patients after ten years. In most cases, however, this is not necessary.
The scars of an eyelid correction fall away in your eyelids. Dr. Halaas will carefully use natural folds and creases to discretely hide the scars. The scars will be visible directly after the surgery and the skin needs some time to heal. After a few months, no one will see that you have had surgery.
After the surgery your eyelids will be somewhat swollen, there may be discoloration due to bleeding and there are still stitches in the wounds. You must rest sufficiently to promote recovery. We recommend staying at home for five to seven days after the eyelid correction. With physically demanding work you may have to take a longer time off to prevent excessive pressure on the eyelids.