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The Mount Sinai Medical Center
234 East 85th Street 2nd Ave 5th Floor
New York, New York 10028
Tel: 212.731.3311


Schweiger Dermatology Group
1727 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10019
Tel: 212.489.6669

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

The eyelids are one of the first facial structures to show signs of aging. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can reverse the effects of aging around the eyes. By removing excess skin and fat, a more rested, youthful look to the eyes is restored. This surgery is often used to eliminate “droopy eyelids.” Blepharoplasties can be safely done in the office, avoiding many of the risks involved with general anesthesia. The greatest benefit of this surgery is that the results are long lasting and the scar can be hidden in the upper eyelid crease so it’s essentially a “scarless” procedure. Most patients can return to work a few days after the procedure.

Question: What are the most common side effects of a blepharoplasty?

Answer: Bruising is the most common side effect, which can last from 7 – 10 days. Swelling is the second most common side effect and can last from 3-10 days. Dry eye is something that is frequently reported in publications but not a common side effect that we see with our patients.

Question: How long does it last?

Answer: Although no cosmetic surgical procedure is considered permanent, eyelid surgery is one of the longest lasting procedures available.

Question: If I decide to do it under local anesthesia will I feel any pain?

Answer: Most patients only feel 2 needle pricks on each side and are numb after these injections. Patients are also given oral medications for additional pain and anxiety control. The discomfort level with lower eyelid surgery is a bit more pronounced and patients are often given moderate sedation.

Question: When can I return to work?

Answer: Most of our patients have the procedure done on a Thursday or Friday and return to work on Monday. However, if bruising occurs, the patient may have to use special makeup to cover the bruise for 7-10 days.

Can you “un-do” my eyelid surgery?

Answer: Generally speaking no. Patients should choose a surgeon who has a conservative approach to blepharoplasty. It is always possible to remove more skin in the future, but the reverse is not as easy.
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