Am I a Suitable Candidate For Blepharoplasty?

Do you know that the signs of aging first appear in the eye area and affect the overall appearance of the face? Yes, it’s true! Common signs of aging include sagging eyelids and brows, which negatively impact your looks. However, in some cases, the bags under the eyes or wrinkled folds of skin on the upper eyelids can also obstruct vision. To address these concerns, plastic surgery practices offers blepharoplasty. New York City blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery helps repair droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat around the eyes.


The procedure involves skin and muscle tightening, and smoothing of the line between the eyelid and the cheek to correct drooping eyelids (ptosis) and bags. It helps restore peripheral vision by removing excess tissue of the upper eyelid that causes functional visual impairment. The procedure refreshes and rejuvenates the upper eye area.

Though with eyelid surgery, you can achieve a rested, fresh and youthful appearance, not all are good candidates for this procedure. Generally, an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty is a healthy person who is troubled with excess loose skin on their upper and/or lower eyelids that they would like to get corrected. Here are some general considerations that make you a suitable candidate for the treatment:

  • Presence of excess fatty deposits that cause puffiness in the upper eyelids.
  • Have loose or sagging skin that causes folds or affects the natural contour of the upper eyelid – sometimes impairing vision.
  • Have excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid, bags under the eyes, or droopiness of the lower eyelids.
  • Do not smoke
  • Are in good health
  • Have healthy facial tissue and muscles
  • Have realistic expectations for improvement and not perfection.

A patient may be deemed unfit for eyelid surgery in the following cases:

  • Is looking to improve crow’s feet or uneven eyes.
  • Has symptoms of dry eye.
  • Have an eye infection or other eye diseases.
  • Have a pre-existing medical condition
  • Habitually smoke.
  • Have a severe illness or infection.

After determining that you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty, your plastic surgeon will perform this procedure. However, if you’re seeking more extensive facial rejuvenation you may want to consider a facelift in NYC.

An experienced plastic surgery practice would offer both traditional and advanced blepharoplasty procedures. Incisions will be made in discreet areas to limit visible scarring. Fatty tissue is removed using a special instrument. In some cases, the muscle tissue is repositioned or removed. When the lower lid is treated, the skin is pulled upward and any excess is removed. Blunt-needle anesthetic injection is used to reduce postoperative bruising, hematoma and pain when performing upper blepharoplasty.

In the traditional upper eyelid procedure, the incision is placed so that it is hidden within the natural fold of the eyelid. In the lower eyelid lift, the incision is placed just below the lower lashes and stays out of sight. The traditional method involves longer downtime and recovery. With advanced blepharoplasty techniques such as laser blepharoplasty – that is more stable than traditional eyelid surgery – you can expect minimal discomfort, downtime, and shorter recovery. The procedure involves no visible scars in the lower eyelid and also offers the solution for various eyelid conditions. How the procedure is performed will vary from patient to patient based on their individual considerations.

bodySCULPT’s plastic surgeons have developed a unique upper eyelid rejuvenation technique called Smartbleph using Cynosure’s SmartSkin laser. This treatment ensures a bright youthful look in addition to naturally arched eyebrows and long, thick eyelashes. They are also experienced in combining blepharoplasty and eyebrow lift – a unique procedure that restores a youthful appearance to the area around the eyes.

If you are looking for a blepharoplasty in NYC, choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice that offers the services of expert plastic surgeons. Such surgeons will have a thorough knowledge of the structures around the eyes, which is critical for achieving optimal results and avoiding potential complications.