Eyelid Surgery

Darren M. Smith, MD -  - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Darren M. Smith, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

An eyelid surgery can take years off your face and eliminate that “tired” or “angry” look. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with an extensive background in aesthetic surgery and craniofacial surgery, Darren M. Smith, MD, is a trusted leader in eyelid surgery procedures. Click on the online scheduling feature to book a consultation at his New York City-area practice today. You can also call the office directly to schedule an appointment.

Eyelid Surgery

Who can benefit from eyelid surgery?

The eyes are an obvious focal point on the face, and communicate a great deal about an individual’s persona. Excess skin or fat in the upper or lower lids may connote an aged or tired appearance, perhaps even falsely conveying anger or sadness. These issues can be limited to the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. Accordingly, the affected lids are addressed as appropriate in the form of an “upper blepharoplasty,” a “lower blepharoplasty,” or a “combined upper and lower blepharoplasty.

An eyelid surgery can resolve:

  • Drooping upper lids
  • Drooping lower lids
  • Under-eye bags
  • Excess lid skin and wrinkles
  • Soften the transition between the lower eyelid and the cheek

An eyelid procedure can take years off your face and improve issues with eyelid-related vision problems, all in a single procedure.

What happens during eyelid surgery?

Your customized eyelid surgery, can be performed under local, twilight,or general anesthesia depending on your preference and the specifics of the procedure. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

Upper blepharoplasty is designed to reduce skin and fat excess if present. Lower blepharoplasty serves the same purpose. The procedures are very similar to one another. In upper blepharoplasty, an incision is made in the lid crease. Extra skin is removed. In some cases, a small strip of extra muscle is removed as well. Next, the fat behind the upper eyelid is located, excess is identified, and carefully removed. The incision is then closed with a fine suture. Since the incision is in the lid crease, it is completely hidden when the eyes are open, and virtually impossible to see when the eyes are closed. In lower blepharoplasty, an incision is made behind the lower eyelid. This access is used to identify and remove excess fat. No sutures are required and this incision is invisible as it is on the inside of the lower eyelid. If skin excess is present on the lower eyelid, this is removed through a very fine incision just below the lower eyelashes. The resulting scar is very well camouflaged. In some instances, other maneuvers are performed to tighten the supporting structures of the lower eyelids. Additionally, fat grafting is incorporated into the procedure when appropriate to soften the transition between the cheek and the lower eyelid.

How long is the recovery after eyelid surgery?

You may  have some swelling and bruising after surgery, which should be diminished to the point you can return to work in 4-5 days. You should be back to most of your regular activities including exercise at the gym by 14 days after surgery. It can take several months for you to see the final results due to some residual swelling in the delicate skin and tissues in the area around the eyes.

Throughout your postoperative period, Dr. Smith will counsel you on how to keep your eyes lubricated with specialized drops and how to employ other techniques to ensure an easy recovery.

To schedule your eyelid surgery evaluation at the office of Darren M. Smith, MD, request an appointment online or call the clinic.

To schedule your eyelid surgery evaluation at the office of Darren M. Smith, MD, request an appointment online or call the clinic.