Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty in New York
While our eyes are usually the first facial feature people notice, they are also the first feature to show our age. The skin tends to lose elasticity and become thinner. The deeper fat pockets tend to protrude forward, creating shadows around our eyes. The eyebrows also change contour, and the tail of the brow tends to lose support over time.
Any combination of these aging changes results in overhanging skin that may cover your eyelid, touch your eyelashes, or partially block your vision.
Upper eyelid rejuvenation is cosmetic eyelid surgery that can correct these issues by combining upper blepharoplasty, brow Ptosis repair, and/or fat grafting procedures. The goal is to reverse the effects of gravity, sun damage, and aging so you look like a younger version of yourself.
Upper eyelid surgery targets the excess skin and protruding fat of the eyelids. Often, droopy eyelids result from a combination of excess skin and eyelid position, and Ptosis. It is critical that you have your eyelids examined and assessed by a specialist who can evaluate and treat both ptosis and excess skin.
Why Choose Us?
Dr. Yogita Kashyap is an experienced surgeon with elite training who can transform the look of your eyelids safely and effectively by addressing the multiple components (skin, brows, ptosis, fat pockets) that contribute to tired eyes.
As an oculofacial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kashyap has intimate knowledge of the eyelids and their intricate structures. Her medical knowledge and artistic approach ensure you will have natural-looking results from your eyelid surgery.
Dr. Kashyap has performed hundreds of eyelid rejuvenation procedures for her patients from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, and Upstate New York.
As a fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon, she completed her residency and fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Orbital Surgery at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Kashyap is also a clinical instructor at the Infirmary and a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Her extensive, highly specialized training and years of oculofacial surgical experience make Dr. Kashyap uniquely qualified to perform your eyelid surgery.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty and Ptosis
In general, a blepharoplasty will remove excess tissue between the eyebrow and the edge of the eyelid that may hang over and block part of the opening for the eye. However, excess tissue is not the only cause of problems with the opening of the eye. It is possible for the edge of the eyelid itself to fall below where it should rest; this condition is called ptosis. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid does not actually open as much as it should because of neurological, muscular, or structural failure of the eyelid.
Ptosis repair involves actually changing the position where the eyelid rests on the eye. While it is expected that an upper blepharoplasty can enhance the opening of the eye in many cases, ptosis repair can also be necessary for total improvement in cases where the edge of the eyelid itself has dropped. Ptosis repair can accompany upper eyelid blepharoplasty in one or both eyes, depending on the needs of the patient. While many surgeons can safely perform an upper eyelid blepharoplasty in their office, skilled oculoplastic surgeons are best prepared to perform any accompanying ptosis repair.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Procedure
Dr. Kashyap often performs upper blepharoplasty in her midtown Manhattan office using local anesthesia, but a hospital operating room may be preferable in some cases. Surgical time varies from 30 minutes to two hours.
In an upper blepharoplasty, incisions are made within the creases of the upper eyelids where the scars will not be visible. Dr. Kashyap carefully excises the excess skin and fat of the upper lids to provide a natural, firm skin appearance without causing the eyelids to look too tight.
You will spend some time in recovery after your surgery, but you will be able to go home the same day. You will need someone to drive you home, however, as you will feel groggy, and your vision will be blurry for a period of time.
Recovering from UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY
Most patients experience only mild discomfort after their blepharoplasty and can resume normal daily activities within a week of surgery. Tylenol is recommended to ease the discomfort, which should subside within a few days. Arnica and Bromelain are recommended prior to and after surgery to minimize bruising and swelling.
Minor swelling and bruising generally resolve within 1-2 weeks of surgery. Cold compresses can help you through the healing period, and we may prescribe antibiotic ointment and eye drops. Everyone heals differently and if there is a scar that is visible, these can be treated with multiple sessions of microneedling with PRP.
Dr. Kashyap will see you for follow-up visits and remove your sutures 7-10 days after your procedure. Please avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for two weeks.
Dr. Kashyap will let you know when it is safe for you to resume wearing eye makeup and contact lenses, usually within 1-2 weeks.
If you experience dry eye after surgery, we can recommend artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
We strive to make your experience at Hudson Face and Eye enjoyable, and Dr. Kashyap is excellent at establishing a high level of comfort for all of our patients. Upper blepharoplasty is usually performed under sedation and local anesthesia; the combination of these will prevent you from feeling physical pain and also keep you from being anxious about the procedure. You will be almost asleep for the duration of the procedure and will have no feeling and very little memory of it. In fact, most of our patients indicate that upper eyelid blepharoplasty is much less painful and scary than they anticipated!
It is important to acknowledge that all surgeries have the potential to leave scars. However, the location and size of the incisions are critical factors in how noticeable your scars will be. Eyelids tend to produce minimally visible scars compared to other parts of the body, in part because the skin in this area is very thin and scarring is dependent on skin thickness to a great extent. In the case of the upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the incisions are made in the natural crease of the eyelids, which hides any evidence of surgery unless your eyes are fully closed. Once healing is complete, for most patients it is impossible to tell that they’ve had any surgery at all.
Dr. Kashyap is a NYC Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, serving patients in the Manhattan, Flatiron, Gramercy, and Murray Hill areas. If you have signs of aging around the eyes, call us today at (347) 788-1841 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kashyap to discuss blepharoplasty at her midtown Manhattan office near Grand Central Station.