What Is Blepharoplasty?
The procedure, also known as an eyelid lift, is designed to improve the appearance of drooping, sagging or aging eyelids. During the procedure, excess skin and fat are removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids2 in order to restore a more youthful and refreshed look. Dr. Rizk’s goal of blepharoplasty3 is to create a natural-looking result, which can help reduce signs of aging around the eyes and improve the function of the eyes where drooping lids contribute to impaired vision.
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Quick Guide to Blepharoplasty NYC
What Issues Can Eyelid Surgery Address?
Lower blepharoplasty and/or upper blepharoplasty4 can improve the appearance and function of the eyes by correcting the following:
- Droopiness, puffiness5, and/or bags under the eyes
- Excess fat that manifests as puffiness in the upper lids
- Sagging or lax skin that results in skin folds and disrupts the natural eyelid contour, and may impair vision
- Droopiness of the lower lids which may lead to visible white spots below the irises
How to Qualify for Eyelid Surgery – Are You a Candidate?
Candidates for eyelid surgery should be in overall good health and have healthy facial tissue with good elasticity. Additionally, candidates should have realistic expectations about the before and after blepharoplasty procedure results. Unfortunately, some individuals with serious eye conditions and other medical risks cannot be considered for an eyelid lift.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery With the Best Blepharoplasty Surgeon NYC
An eyelid lift can improve your appearance and eye function. Working with the best eyelid surgeon in New York City, Dr. Rizk, also means additional benefits, such as:
- Reduced scarring with his advanced surgical technique
- The procedure can be done in less than an hour
- Minimal downtime
- Youthful-looking results
How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?
Dr. Rizk’s eyelid surgery procedure is usually performed in 45 minutes and can be combined with a facelift or neck lift to raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet or dark circles under the eyes.
Dr. Rizk’s blepharoplasty NYC eyelid lifts are performed under general anesthesia or a combination6 of sedation and local anesthesia. He carefully marks your skin to indicate where excess skin and fat pads will be removed. Once done, he makes carefully placed incisions along the natural folds of the eyelid to ensure that the incisions are unnoticeable once they’ve healed.
Lastly, tissue glue or sutures are applied to help reshape and smooth out the area around the eyelids.
Surgery Recovery and Results
After your surgery, Dr. Rizk will give you specific instructions on how to take care of your healing face. Most patients are able to return to their usual activities within one week – looking more refreshed and youthful.
In most cases, some mild pain is experienced post-surgery, but this is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Following Dr. Rizk’s recovery instructions will ensure a quick recovery and optimal healing.
A certain degree of risk is expected with all surgeries, and this includes eyelid surgery. These potential complications include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Increased dry eye
- Temporary inability to close your eyes fully
Dr. Rizk will help you understand the benefits and potential risks during your initial consultation so you can make an informed decision.
Why Choose Dr. Rizk for Eyelid Surgery?
You will be in the care of a highly-rated eyelid surgeon, Dr. Sam Rizk. He is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and employs an advanced, scarless technique using an incision inside the lower lid (transconjunctival7).
Dr. Rizk specializes in plastic surgery of the eyes, brow, face and nose, making him an ideal surgeon of choice for many New Yorkers and out-of-town patients. He can help identify the best approach to help you achieve your aesthetic and functional goals. Book your consultation, contact his office today!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does blepharoplasty cost?
Blepharoplasty cost is usually discussed during consultation once the patient’s desired results and suitability is determined. Additional factors that will influence blepharoplasty cost include the surgeon’s experience and qualification, other professional service fees, facilities and aftercare.
What are the signs of aging eyelids?
Our skin quality changes with age. It becomes more wrinkled, puffy and saggy.
What are some contraindications to having eyelid surgery?
If you have a history of thyroid disease, dry eye, or any other ophthalmological disorder, then you need to be evaluated for medical clearance before consideration for the procedure.
What does blepharoplasty do and how long does it last?
Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eyes by removing excess skin and fat that results in droopy lids. Results are typically long-lasting – up to 15 years!
How do I choose a blepharoplasty surgeon in NYC?
Your best choice is to look for a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with experience in your desired procedure with a portfolio of blepharoplasty before and after results.
How does Dr. Rizk’s blepharoplasty technique differ from the traditional approach to eyelid rejuvenation?
Dr. Rizk’s technique for upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty is based on achieving natural results and avoiding the “hollow eye look”. To achieve this, Dr. Rizk carefully removes some fat while also sculpting the remaining tissue with a laser and repositioning it to fill increases at the border of the eye and cheek region. He also uses a laser to sculpt fat pads, and his incisions in the upper eyelid curve upward to lift the corner hoods.
In the lower lids, Dr. Rizk favors fat pad reduction through the scarless transconjunctival approach and fat sculpting with a laser to achieve a natural contour.
What is laser eyelid surgery?
Dr. Rizk uses a Fraxel-CO2 laser to cut and change some of the tissue during laser eyelid surgery. This helps cut and sculpt muscle and fat while also aiding in smoothing the skin under the eyelids. The laser eyelid surgery reduces bruising and swelling and is part of Dr. Rizk’s rapid recovery protocol.
What is the upper blepharoplasty incision?
The upper lid operation should always have a fine, hairline incision placed in the normal crease of the eyelid where it will be mostly out of sight. Drooping skin on the outer aspect of the eye in the region of smile wrinkles can also be included in the excision. Dr. Rizk has modified his excision of the later excess hooding to lift the corner upwards and open the eye, as opposed to the curve-down approach, bringing the eyebrow down.
Written Patient Testimonials
Dr. Rizk and his staff were absolutely incredible! They made me feel so comfortable throughout this entire process and I am so grateful for everyone (especially Dr. Rizk) for helping me look the best version of myself. My nose looks natural and perfect and I am in love with the results!!! If you are on the fence, I definitely encourage you to come to this office because Dr. Rizk gave me the confidence and grace to present myself to the world!
Words cannot express how tremendously grateful and impressed I am for his services. The process was painless and he produced beautiful results that I’m so happy with. Dr. Rizk is extremely precise, patient and detail orientated. He narrowed my nose 1mm at a time! I’m already looking forward to my next small tweek with him.
Fixed my nose that was extremely crooked from a car accident. Also did my brother’s nose which case out beautifully
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Eyelid Surgery. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/eyelid-surgery.
2 Rizk, Samieh S. M.D.; Matarasso, Alan M.D.Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty: Analysis of Indications and the Treatment of 100 Patients. Available: https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Abstract/2003/03000/Lower_Eyelid_Blepharoplasty__Analysis_of.47.aspx.
3 S L Bosniak, T F McDevitt. Cosmetic blepharoplasty. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10149300/.
4 Kenneth V Cahill, Elizabeth A Bradley, Dale R Meyer, Philip L Custer, David E Holck, Marcus M Marcet, Louise A Mawn. Functional indications for upper eyelid ptosis and blepharoplasty surgery: a report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22019388/.
5 Mirwat S. Sami, M.D., Charles N.S. Soparkar, M.D., Ph.D., James R. Patrinely, M.D. and Robert N. Tower, M.D. Eyelid Edema. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2884828/.
6 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Eyelid Surgery. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/eyelid-surgery/procedure.
7 Blake S. Raggio; Ryan Winters. Lower Lid Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK545179/.
By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.
Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.