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Regardless of what the rest of your face looks like, drooping or "heavy" eyelids can make you look much older than your actual age. For these men and women who live in and around Hunterdon County, NJ and Bucks County, PA, Buinewicz Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian R. Buinewicz offers blepharoplasty.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Commonly known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that begins by removing unwanted fat and loose skin from either  the upper and lower part of the eyelids, or in combination with both upper and lower lids. . Blepharoplasty can also improve appearance by tightening up the ligaments and muscles around the eye. Blepharoplasty procedures are used to remove puffy "bags" around the eye or drooping, sagging upper eyelid areas, two features that make people look more tired and older than they truly are, and, in some cases, these issues can impair a person's vision.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery can benefit a person's appearance by rejuvenating the area in and around the eyes, resulting in a fresh and youthful profile and appearance. Sometimes, blepharoplasty is conducted to clear up issues with drooping or sagging eyelids that are impairing an individual's vision. Eyelid surgery works by tightening up and refreshing the area around the eye, resulting in not just a more attractive appearance but also boosting both a person's self-confidence and self-esteem.

Are You a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Adult men and women who are in good health and have healthy facial muscles and tissues can benefit from a blepharoplasty in order to remove "bags" of fat aroundthe eye and lift drooping or sagging eyelids. Each adult who chooses to undergo eyelid surgery should have a realistic goal as to what this type of procedure can accomplish.

Individuals who are otherwise healthy can benefit from blepharoplasty to correct a number of conditions, including:

  • Droopy, sagging, hooded eyelids that interfere with the ability to see clearly.
  • Puffiness and sagging skin or "bags" around the eyes that make a person look older than their actual age.
  • Sagging or droopy eyelids that make a person look tired and exhausted even when they're bursting with energy.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

One type of blepharoplasty focuses on the upper eyelids. By removing loose, drooping skin that causes unsightly wrinkles or even a "hood" over the eye while tightening up damaged muscle tissue can improve a person's appearance and restore the elasticity and firmness of the tissues in the area.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

The other type of blepharoplasty works by removing unsightly fatty tissue that results in "bags" under the eye. This type of eyelid surgery can tighten up the muscle and skin in the lower eyelid area and beneath the eye. It's important to understand that this type of blepharoplasty does not directly address the wrinkles or fine lines on the side of the eye often called "crow's feet", but it is possible to combine a blepharoplasty with other forms of treatments to achieve a complete makeover of the eyes.

Ideal Candidates for Lower Eyelid Surgery

Men and women who are generally healthy and want to remove excess skin, fat, puffy "bags" and wrinkles in the lower eyelid area can benefit from lower eyelid surgery.

Blepharoplasty Recovery

After a blepharoplasty is finished, some individuals may experience a short spell of minor discomfort that may include such symptoms as swelling, bruising, tightening around the eyes, or blurred vision. Most patients find that their discomfort quickly resolves within a few days or less. After one week following the surgery, the stitches will be removed. After two weeks, individuals can partake in normal activities, including the wearing of contact lenses. All patients are recommended to treat the skin around their eyes with special care for several months and always apply sunscreen or wear sunglasses when outdoors in order to prevent any damage to the area.

When Should Eyelid Surgery Be Combined With a Brow Lift?

It is very common for individuals to combine blepharoplasty with a brow lift in order to treat the issue of drooping skin and eyebrows caused by a lack of skin elasticity in the region.

How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?

Each individual's needs are different, and each patient will receive a specially tailored series of procedures to address their concerns. Buinewicz Plastic Surgery accepts cash, personal checks, and credit cards and also offers financing so that patients can manage the costs of their procedure.

If your eyelids are making you look older and more tired than your actual age or are interfering with your ability to see, contact us to schedule your consultation today with board-certified plastic surgery Dr. Brian R. Buinewicz to learn what eyelid surgery can do for you. With two convenient locations in Flemington, NJ, and Doylestown, PA, Buinewicz Plastic Surgery offers a comprehensive range of surgical treatments for the men and women of Bucks County, PA, and Hunterdon County, NJ.