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Youthful eyelids at almost any age

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can make you look years younger by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, skin laxity and puffiness around the eyes that can make you appear upset or tired.

Dr. Mourad in NYC customizes procedures for each patient based on their individual needs to achieve a natural and long-lasting result with techniques that allow patients to recover quickly. Dr. Mourad performs many different types of eyelid surgery to maintain the unique beauty of your eyes.

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What is a blepharoplasty procedure?

A blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes or modifies excess skin, muscle, and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. The procedure’s goal is to improve the appearance of the eyes while also removing any drooping or sagging skin that may be causing vision problems.

The operation can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both, and is commonly done as an outpatient procedure. To prevent the lower eyelid from repositioning abnormally following surgery, this method may occasionally necessitate tightening the lower eyelid. Although blepharoplasty can not remove fine lines, it does make the eyes look younger and less weary, and is particularly impactful when used with other facial cosmetic procedures, such as botox injections to smooth wrinkles.

Most patients resume their normal routines within seven to ten days of surgery. Dr. Mourad uses the combination of vitamin C, arnica montana, and probiotics to expedite healing and keep the body in balance during recovery.

What are the advantages of a blepharoplasty?

As we age, the skin and muscle of the eyelids start to relax and drop. There is a tendency for the fat that cushions the eye to push out from under the eye which can cause puffiness and dark circles. Dr. Mourad tightens the skin and muscle creating a more youthful contour, and works under the muscle to reposition or remove extra fat to make the eyes look more rested.

These techniques offer many advantages to NYC Face Doc’s patients:

  • Less bruising and swelling since he works beneath the muscle.
  • Skin heals better because there is no tension on superficial layers.
  • More youthful and natural look for an improved appearance;
  • Nearly invisible surgery scars as they are hidden in the natural creases of the eyelids.
  • Improved field of vision by correcting sagging skin or drooping eyelids;
  • Long-lasting results;
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Are you a good candidate for eyelid lift surgery?

Eyelid puffiness and laxity can occur very rapidly in just a year or two, and before we know it, the youthful features we remember may be hidden by sagging eyebrows or temporal hooding. Realistic expectations are very important with respect to what blepharoplasty eyelid rejuvenation can do for you.

The best candidates for eyelid surgery:

  • Have one or more of the aging features shown above
  • Are generally healthy
  • Men or women
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Would like to look as good as they feel
  • Desire eyelid surgery for themselves and not to please another person

Patients want eyelid rejuvenation for many different reasons. If you feel that the above describes you then you may be ready for eyelid surgery, or a blepharoplasty.

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Blepharoplasty procedures performed in NYC

Like you probably know by now, there are different blepharoplasty procedures that can be performed by a plastic surgeon. Dr. Moubayed conducts a variety of cosmetic procedures around the eyes, such as upper and lower blepharoplasty, forehead (and brow) lifts, neuromodulator (Botox) injections, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, and fat injections.

Upper blepharoplasty, or surgery on the upper eyelids

As you become older, the skin of your top eyelid may start to sag and become looser, giving you a fatigued or irritated face. In addition to obstructing your vision and making it difficult to apply makeup correctly, extra skin hanging down over the edge of your eyelids can also make you feel self-conscious about using contact lenses. Upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can give you a youthful, awake appearance.

Lower blepharoplasty, or surgery on the lower eyelids

Lower eyelid lifts are cosmetic operations intended to enhance the appearance of the eyes, much like upper blepharoplasty. They lessen the appearance of excess skin, puffiness, and dark circles around the eyes. These modifications can give you a younger, healthier appearance, and eyelid lifts can improve the contours of your face.

Dr. Mourad relies on advanced surgical techniques to rejuvenate your eyelids

Each person may have different cosmetic concerns and show signs of aging differently. Different surgical techniques can be used to create a natural and attractive appearance with a rapid recovery, for a procedure that is tailored to the individual needs of each patient.

Elliptical Blepharoplasty

One technique, known as elliptical blepharoplasty, is used to remove excess skin and muscle from the upper eyelids. This is done by contouring an ellipse shape on the upper eyelid and making incisions in natural creases, which helps to make the incisions almost invisible. This technique can have patients looking more rested in just a few days.

Transconjunctival Fat removal

Another technique, transconjunctival fat removal, is used to remove puffiness under the eyes without making any external incisions. This means that there is no external scarring and recovery is even faster.

The Pinch

A skin pinch technique is used to remove excess skin on the lower eyelids. The skin is lifted and removed, and sutures are placed that are removed in five to seven days.

The Skin-muscle Flap

The skin-muscle flap technique is also used to remove excess skin and muscle on the lower eyelids and prevent a bump from forming.

Eyelid tightening – The Tarsal Strip

This corrects rounding of the outer lower eyelid. The tendon that holds the lower eyelid is shortened and repositioned slightly higher and tighter to the eye. This restores the more youthful shape of the lower eyelid.

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift Surgery) combined with a Brow Lift or Temporal Lift

Sometimes the eyes will look heavier from the eyebrows being too heavy or extra skin from the temples hooding over the sides of the eyes. In these situations, eyelid surgery can be combined with a Brow Lift to raise the heavy eyebrows over the eyes or a Temple lift to reduce the extra tissue that can block vision above and lateral to the eyes.


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How to get ready for a blepharoplasty consultation?

It is a wise idea to get yourself ready for your consultation, and doing so is simple.

First, make a list of the things you want to change around your eyes in the following order of importance: brow position, upper lids, lower lids, skin tone, extra skin, or fat. Are there any other facial features, such as your jowls, neck, chin, nose, or lips, that worry you?

Finally, try to determine which substances were injected and when you have had cosmetic soft tissue fillers placed in the face or around the eyes. If you have undergone facial surgery in the past, if at all feasible, try to bring the operational report of those operations.

How long does a blepharoplasty take to complete?

The blepharoplasty technique is done with safety, skill, and accuracy. It can take anything between 45 minutes and two hours, depending on the amount of eyelids and related procedures.

How can Dr. Mourad help you?

When you contact our office, our friendly staff will ask for your basic information and set up an appointment time that is convenient for you. If there is an insurance component to your visit we will check your benefits and let you know what they are. We have a no surprise billing policy and will let you know your responsibility. Dr. Mourad has extensive eyelid and facial surgery experience to address your aesthetic needs. If you feel that you would like an evaluation of your eyes or other facial features please feel free to contact our office.


Meet Moustafa Mourad, MD, FACS

Moustafa Mourad, MD, FACS is board-certified in head and neck surgery and highly-trained in cosmetic plastic surgery and facial reconstruction. Dr. Mourad is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He treats many conditions, both cosmetic and complex, that affect the head, neck... Learn More »

The Results

Learn more about cosmetic blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, at NYC FaceDoc

What eyelid issues can be solved with an eyelid lift?

  1. Upper eyelid folds (Dermatochalasis) are caused by laxity of skin and muscle and are more often noticed in the upper eyelid. Extra skin may obscure the natural folds of the upper eyelids or even block vision. Conservative removal of the extra tissue makes the eyes feel and look less tired.
  2. Extra eyelid fat (Steatoblepharon) is more often noticed in the lower eyelid although there may be a small area of puffiness near the nose on the upper eyelid. Removal or repositioning of this fat makes the eyes look younger and more rested. Lower eyelid fat can be removed without external incisions. No tension is placed on the skin resulting in a rested but not operated on appearance.
  3. Lower eyelid rounding is caused by stretching over time of the lower eyelid ligament and can cause dry eyes. Previous surgery without tightening the lateral tendon or with the removal of too much lower eyelid skin can also cause rounding. Conservative removal of extra ligament and a slightly higher lateral repositioning will bring a natural contour to the lower eyelid.
  4. Crow’s Feet are the fine lines at the corners of the eyes caused by repetitive movement of the lateral eyelid muscles. Eyelid tightening may soften the lines a little bit better results are obtained by Botox cosmetic to relax the muscles and prevent the lines from forming.

What takes place during a blepharoplasty consultation?

A thorough questionnaire and physical exam are conducted before a consultation. Photos are taken, then your surgeon and I evaluate them. This is a crucial tool for communication because some patients want adjustments that surgery may not always be able to accommodate.

Then, we discuss the procedure and your recovery, and Dr. Moubayed responds to any queries you may have. All blepharoplasty eyelid surgery options, including surgery on the upper and lower eyelids, will be covered by your surgeon.

Before determining whether to move forward with surgery, several consultations may be required. Before having cosmetic facial surgery, it's crucial that you are well-educated and make an informed decision.

How does a blepharoplasty cosmetic surgery procedure happen?

1. Anaesthesia

Before the blepharoplasty procedure, the patient is given either local or general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia administered will be decided by the surgeon, and may include oral sedation, IV sedation, or general anesthesia.

2. Incision and Reshaping

The plastic surgeon will make incisions on the eyelids and perform the necessary procedures to reshape and remove excess skin and fat. In upper lid blepharoplasty, the lower eyelids are reshaped and extra skin is removed. In lower blepharoplasty, excess skin and fat may be removed from above the eyes to give a more youthful appearance. The underlying muscle may also be tightened to remove any loose, hanging, wrinkled, or sagging tissue.

3. Recovery and Healing

The incisions made during the procedure will be closed with sutures. After a few days, the surgeon or his nurse will remove the stitches. The scars from the eyelid surgery will blend in with the eyelids' natural creases and will be barely noticeable after a few months.

What are the risks associated with blepharoplasty procedures?

The risks of scarring, bleeding, bruising, infection (superficial or deep), and pain are ubiquitous (though modest) with upper lid and lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery (temporary or permanent).

Potential side effects after eyelid surgery

The rarer hazards of lagophthalmos (inability to close the eye), malposition of the eyelids due to poor scarring, damage to the muscles around the eyes, strabismus, dry eyes, and temporary or permanent loss of eyelashes are all present with any eyelid surgery. Finally, a very uncommon risk of vision loss is associated with any surgery performed near the eyes.

Dr. Mouradhas received considerable training in facial surgery and approaches each patient with a careful and customized approach. Following surgery, every patient is monitored and given detailed instructions to reduce the aforementioned hazards as much as possible.

Are there any nonsurgical or minimally invasive blepharoplasty alternatives?

A few carefully chosen patients can experience remarkable rejuvenation effects from minimally invasive injectable fillers or resurfacing operations. Fat injections around the eyes can help certain individuals who want more long-lasting effects.

To establish which facial rejuvenation procedure is ideal for your particular face, nothing can, however, replace a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon who can provide the full range of nonsurgical and surgical options.

What is the cost of a blepharoplasty in New York?

What is the price of a blepharoplasty in New York? The answer depends on a number of variables, including: the plastic surgeon's level of experience and track record with this type of plastic surgery; the anesthesia (local or general anesthesia) used during the upper eyelid or lower eyelid lift surgery; and the number of eyelids the plastic surgeon has operated on. Therefore, we advise anyone thinking about having an eye lift to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mourad to go over their alternatives.

Is forehead or brow lifting equivalent to upper blepharoplasty?

When we talk about what kind of surgery is best, there are two distinct processes involved. When the eyebrows are positioned lower than the optimum desired position, the heaviness of the eyebrows can often give the image of being weary. Only a consultation can determine whether a forehead lift or blepharoplasty is the best operation for you.

What kind of anesthetic is applied during a blepharoplasty?

Depending on the degree of the operation, the patient's preferences, and other related procedures, blepharoplasty can be done under local anesthetic, local anesthesia plus sedation, or general anesthesia. Total intravenous anesthesia is the form of anesthesia utilized for general anesthesia (without using anesthetic gasses). This form of anesthesia is secure and lessens postoperative nausea and coughing. Our patients frequently express how pleased they were with the anesthetic process.

How long does a blepharoplasty recovery take?

Patients start their rehabilitation at home with very specific instructions after leaving the surgery facility the same day. Five to seven days after your surgery, you'll have your first post-operative appointment where your stitches will be taken out and your incision will be checked.

After one week, the majority of our patients are presentable and light exercise can be resumed; however, to reduce the danger of bleeding, it is advised to wait three weeks before engaging in more strenuous activities like weightlifting. After three weeks, you'll look great in public and might even consider booking a professional picture shoot. The majority of swelling subsides within the first three months, but minor swelling that is scarcely perceptible may last for as long as a year.

What aesthetic procedures can be done alongside an eyelid lift?

Several adjunctive procedures may be performed at the same time as eyelid surgery. Although they will not be appropriate for all patients, aesthetic surgery procedures that can be complementary to blepharoplasty surgery include:

  1. Rhinoplasty, especially with a nose that is drooping, can enhance eyelid surgery. Facial features that are out of balance may seem more noticeable to patients after the eyes look refreshed and rejuvenated.
  2. Brow Lifts will open the eyes if the eyebrows are very heavy or blocking vision. This can be performed endoscopically with no visible scar or using incisions that allow extra forehead skin to be removed. There is a trend towards a fuller and heavier brow at this time and more conservative brow elevation if any is generally appropriate.
  3. Temporal Lifts raise the extra skin that hoods over the lateral side of each eye. The outside of the eyebrow becomes more elevated and the eyes appear healthier and more rested. The incisions are hidden behind the hairline.
  4. Chin Implants can give definition to the jawline and will make the neck appear tighter. An additional benefit is that chin implants create the illusion that a nose is smaller.
  5. Cheek Implants can give definition to the upper face and elevate flattened cheekbones. They will also slightly tighten the skin lower and lateral to the eyes.
  6. A Facelift (Rhytidectomy) tightens the sagging facial tissue and removes the excess skin that makes the face look aged.
  7. Lasers or chemical peels will soften fine wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, or the entire face and can reverse sun damage.
  8. Fillers like Restylane and Juvederm can plump the areas that have deeper folds. This can improve facial rejuvenation results.
  9. Botox Cosmetic will relax the superficial muscles and allow the skin to heal with less creasing. This can be performed in the office or at the time of surgery.

It's important to note that not all of these complementary procedures are not necessarily suitable for every patient. In fact, the best way to know what is suitable or not for you is to consult with your plastic surgeon and discuss your possible options to reach your cosmetic goals.