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Eyelid Surgery
(Blepharoplasty) in New Jersey

Your eyes are central to the communication of your emotions. Unfortunately, they are also often the first area to show the visible signs of aging and fatigue. Eyelid surgery offers a way to counteract these cosmetic concerns by restoring a youthful, natural-looking gaze so you can look as young and refreshed as you feel. Dr. Beverly Friedlander performs eyelid surgery in Short Hills, New Jersey, to enhance the appearance and confidence of her patients.

What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

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Drooping eyelids are commonly caused by excess skin and fat that usually begin to develop in your 30s and 40s. Starting at this age, gravity, heredity, and environmental factors cause the skin to thin out and stretch. This results in droopy upper eyelids and puffy bags beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery that improves the appearance of the eyes, allowing you to look younger and more rejuvenated. This procedure involves removing excess skin, tightening the muscles around the eye, and repositioning fatty pockets to restore a refreshed look.

Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

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If you are displeased by skin laxity above or puffy bags below your eyes, or if excess skin is impairing your vision, eyelid surgery may be the right procedure to restore the confidence you deserve. As every patient experiences aging at an individual rate, there is no age requirement for this procedure.

Ideal Eyelid Surgery candidates:

  • Do not smoke
  • Are in good overall health
  • Do not have any conditions that impair healing
  • Have realistic expectations

How can I Benefit from Eyelid Surgery?

Men and women consider eyelid surgery to:

  • Eliminate upper eyelid hooding/puffiness
  • Reduce under-eye bags/puffiness
  • Minimize fine lines and wrinkles beneath the eye
  • Improve their range of vision

To see if you are a candidate for eyelid surgery, contact Dr. Beverly Friedlander by calling (973) 912-9120 .

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What Problems can be Corrected with Eyelid Surgery?

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Both men and women can benefit from eyelid surgery. Fine lines such as crow’s feet begin to develop when we are in our 30’s, followed by loose skin and bags in our 40’s and 50’s. Droopy eyelids and bags may be hereditary, stimulating some people to seek correction at a much earlier age.

  • Excess or sagging skin of the upper eyelid
  • Puffiness in the eyelids that is caused by fat
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
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Where are my Eyelid Surgery Incisions Located?

The location of your eyelid surgery incisions will depend on whether you undergo upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both.

  1. Upper blepharoplasty incisions are designed to fall in the crease (natural fold) of the upper eyelid
  2. Lower blepharoplasty incisions are designed just beneath the lower lash line

Through these incisions (for both upper and lower blepharoplasty)

  1. The eyelid skin will be separated from the underlying tissues.
  2. The pockets of fat may be repositioned or removed.
  3. The muscles around the eye may be tightened.
  4. The excess skin will be trimmed.
  5. The incisions are closed with removable sutures.

These incisions tend to heal very well and are nearly invisible once they do. Makeup can be used to cover the scars as they fade.

Should I Combine Other Surgical Procedures with my Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery can be performed alone if you only experience signs of aging on the upper or lower eyelid; however, many patients display laxity on multiple areas of the face, including the brow, forehead, midface, and jawline. Combining surgeries or treatments may be recommended to maintain facial balance and harmony.

Common combination procedures include:

  • Brow lift surgery to raise sagging eyebrows that may impede the eyelid region
  • Facelift surgery to address lower facial aging around the cheeks, mouth, and jaw
  • Fat transfer to return volume to facial hollows beneath the eyes or the cheeks
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic to smooth wrinkles between the eyebrows or on the forehead

What can I Expect During my Eyelid Surgery Recovery?

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Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, but due to the anesthesia, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home and stay with you. You can anticipate that your eyelid region will be bruised and swollen. Some patients have a difficult time opening up their eyes initially or have a sensitivity to light, which is often combined with a feeling of tiredness or itchiness.

Eye drops can help soothe this initial discomfort and should be used liberally for two to four weeks. Any physical pain can be alleviated with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication. Sutures are usually removed after five days, and most patients feel comfortable watching television within two to three days. You can typically return to work after one week, resume wearing contact lenses after two weeks, and restart heavy lifting and strenuous exercise after four weeks.

Are there any Risks Associated with Eyelid Surgery?

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Eyelid surgery is considered to be very safe; however, all surgical procedures come with some degree of risk. Dr. Friedlander will discuss your potential risk factors, including your medical history and any medications, during your consultation. Some of the potential risks after eyelid surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Itching
  • Blurred vision, which is usually temporary and caused by ointments used during and after the surgery

You can reduce your chances of complications by following Dr. Friedlander’s recommendations before and after your eyelid surgery.

When will I see my Eyelid Surgery Results?

As eyelid surgery physically removes skin and repositions pockets of fat, you will start to notice your results soon after your surgery; however, these results will be obscured by bruising and swelling that may take several weeks to subside.

Once the bruising and swelling dissipate, you will be able to see the full extent of your results, including a more rested and youthful eye appearance. While eyelid surgery provides significant results for many years, it will not stop the natural aging process, and you may eventually experience laxity in the eye region. You can help prolong the quality of your results by staying out of the sun, keeping the eye area moisturized, eating a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, and undergoing non-invasive cosmetic treatments, like laser resurfacing and BOTOX® Cosmetic.

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For more details and to find out if you are a candidate for eyelid surgery please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at (973) 912-9120 .

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Dr. Friedlander became a plastic surgeon to make a real difference in the lives of her patients. She started her practice in New Jersey three decades ago, and still treats some of her very first patients to this day! Experience the difference that comes from working with a true plastic surgery professional who cares about your results by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Bev.

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