Cosmetic and Functional Benefits of Blepharoplasty
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Learning About New York Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye job, is a cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of excess skin or fat in the upper or lower eyelids. While it is most often performed as a cosmetic procedure, there are also many functional and medical benefits that result from the treatment. Lower eyelid surgery is usually performed on patients who wish to remove puffy “bags” under the eyes or reduce wrinkles in the skin.  However, upper eyelid surgery is also performed on patients who have excess amount of skin that can hinder the individual’s vision, particularly their peripheral vision.

The blepharoplasty procedure is usually performed through external incisions along the natural lines of the eyelids, such as the creases of the upper lids or below the eyelashes of the lower lids to hide incisions. However, incisions can also be made from the inside of the lower eyelid, a procedure known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty, which allows for removal of excess fat in the lower eyelid without creating a visible scar.

Regardless of the method that is employed, eye jobs are quick – usually taking anywhere between one half to two hours to complete – and recovery time is very fast. At the clinic of New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Leonard Grossman, blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis with patients reporting none to minimal post-operative discomfort. Swelling and bruising if present, will subside within one to two weeks. Even though the results are immediate, optimal results are seen after several months, so it is important for New York blepharoplasty patients to give the eyelids some time to heal so the results become stable.

Who is an Ideal Patient for New York Blepharoplasty?

Many individuals ask themselves, “Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty in New York?” Whether the individual seeks the procedure for cosmetic or functional reasons, it is important to understand that the treatment is not ideal for everyone. Below are some patient conditions which would make eyelid surgery optimal:

  • Patients suffering from bags under the eyes
  • Patients whose vision is obstructed by excess eyelid skin
  • Individuals who suffer from puffy or sagging skin around the eyes
  • Patients who would like to create a double eyelid (most commonly seen in patients of Asian descent)

Who is not a good candidate for New York eyelid surgery:

  • Individuals suffering from dry eyes
  • Patients who suffer from looseness in the lower lid edge
  • Individuals whose eye is more prominent than the cheek – which predisposes them to lower lid malposition

However, even individuals who may not appear as prime blepharoplasty candidates might still be able to undergo the treatment, which Dr. Grossman combines with other no-scar techniques. Conversely, some prospective patients who fit the criteria may not benefit from the procedure. If you have considered the treatment and would like to determine if eyelid surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with New York cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Leonard Grossman, today. Dr. Grossman will examine you to determine if the procedure is right for you and will make sure that your health is prioritized above all else.

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