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Get a More Alert and Awake Look with Eyelid Surgery in the Philadelphia Area

Regardless of what the rest of your facial features look like, if you have drooping or “heavy” upper eyelids, or lower lids marked by puffy “bags,” you can look stressed, tired, and much older than your actual age. With a blepharoplasty at the Philadelphia area’s Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Brian Buinewicz can give the entire eye area a more open, alert, and youthful appearance. This change can impact your entire face, creating a look of vitality instead of sleepiness.

To request a consultation for a blepharoplasty in Doylestown, Flemington, and the greater Philadelphia area, contact Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa—with offices in Bucks County, PA, and Flemington, NJ—by calling 215.647.9668 or sending a message online.

What Is a Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery—medically known as blepharoplasty surgery—is a procedure that can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids, or both to improve the look of the eye area, create or restore symmetry, and even correct drooping and sagging that cause tissues to impede a clear field of vision.

An upper lid blepharoplasty involves removing excess fat and loose skin above the eye, as well as tightening lax muscles and ligaments.

A lower lid blepharoplasty involves removing fat and tissue that has been pulled down by gravity to cause “bags” to form. This approach may also include tightening both muscle and skin. Note that excess pigmentation in the area—often described as “dark circles” under the eyes—is typically caused by visible blood vessels that require a different treatment solution. We offer MIXto CO2 laser treatments that can help tighten loose, crepey skin and also help with pigmentation or color changes.

A full blepharoplasty includes techniques that target both the upper and lower lids. The procedure is highly customizable, so if you have just one drooping eyelid, giving your face an off-balance appearance, Dr. Buinewicz can correct the specific issue for a more symmetrical look.

Patient Before & Afters

Blepharoplasty in Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County, NJ
Blepharoplasty in Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County, NJ

What Are the Details of Blepharoplasty Surgery at the Philadelphia Area’s Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery?

At a personalized consultation, Dr. Buinewicz will examine your eyelids, listen to your goals for a rejuvenated look, and explain what blepharoplasty can do.

The specifics of the procedure and the patient’s own needs and preferences will determine the type of anesthesia used for the procedure itself. General and twilight anesthesia are the two most common options, however upper eyelid surgery can sometimes be performed in the office using local anesthesia depending on the patient and their needs.

Upper eyelid surgery patients will have an incision made along the natural crease of the lid, which allows any scar to remain camouflaged—and even hidden when the eye is open. Lower-lid blepharoplasty may involve an incision made just below the lower lashes or inside the lower eyelid. These incisions give Dr. Buinewicz access to the internal structures, allowing him to sculpt, reposition, and remove tissues as desired to achieve the desired effect.

Why Choose Dr. Buinewicz?

Surgeon experience is one of the utmost qualities to consider when seeking a blepharoplasty surgeon. Dr. Buinewicz is a triple board certified plastic surgeon, demonstrating expertise in all qualities of blepharoplasty surgery. With over 25 years of plastic surgery experience, he has performed hundreds of blepharoplasty procedures and is passionate about furthering education in the blepharoplasty community. Read more about Dr. Buinewicz’s experience or explore patient reviews.

If you think you might be a good candidate for blepharoplasty, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian R. Buinewicz. During your consultation, Dr. Buinewicz can evaluate your cosmetic goals and help you determine the best path forward. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the blepharoplasty process. Dr. Buinewicz will be able to explain exactly what you can expect leading up to, during and after your surgery.

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Incisions are then closed with sutures.

What Happens After a Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty patients should expect swelling, bruising, and discomfort that can be managed with medications for the first few days, and then with cold compresses in the week to follow. While reading and watching TV can resume during this time, anything that would strain the eyes or increase blood flow to the area—such as strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects—should be avoided. Also refrain from wearing contact lenses or eye makeup.

Side effects will continue to resolve as the tissues heal, with the final results visible within one to two months. Wearing proper eye protection when outdoors—such as sunglasses—is always recommended.

Why Choose Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa for Blepharoplasty in the Philadelphia Area?

Dr. Brian Buinewicz, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience, has hundreds of eyelid surgeries to his credit. See the results he can provide by browsing before-and-after photos of blepharoplasty patients who chose him for his welcoming nature, commitment to safety, and natural-looking surgical outcomes.

Are There More Facial Procedures Besides Blepharoplasty Available?

Beyond eyelid surgery, other face surgery options at Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery include a facelift to address sagging, jowls, and aging on the neck, a brow lift for rejuvenating the forehead area, rhinoplasty for changing the size, shape, and proportions of the nose, and more. Combining these various options can have an overall transformative effect so that you still look like you, but you have a refreshed appearance.

For blepharoplasty in the Philadelphia area—Doylestown in Bucks County, PA, or Flemington in Hunterdon County, NJ—call Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa at 215.647.9668 or sending a message online.

What is Blepharoplasty Recovery Like?

How Long is Blepharoplasty Recovery?

The recovery period after blepharoplasty surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the patient's individual healing process. However, here is a general timeline for blepharoplasty recovery:

First Few Days

Patients should expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the eyes immediately after the surgery. Pain medication and cold compresses can help manage any pain or discomfort during this time. Patients should plan to rest and avoid strenuous activities.

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Week 1

Most patients can return to light activities, such as reading or watching TV, within a few days after surgery. Patients should continue to use cold compresses and avoid any activities that could increase blood flow to the eyes, such as bending or lifting. Patients should avoid wearing contact lenses or eye makeup during this time.

Weeks 2-3

Swelling and bruising should begin to subside, and patients can gradually resume normal activities, including work. Patients should continue to avoid any activities that could strain the eyes or cause injury, such as heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Patients should continue to avoid wearing contact lenses or eye makeup until cleared by their surgeon.

Months 1-2

Swelling should have subsided, and patients can expect to see the final results of the surgery. Patients should continue to follow up with their surgeon and take any necessary precautions to protect the eyes, such as wearing sunglasses when outdoors.

Post Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Is Blepharoplasty Recovery Painful?

While the blepharoplasty procedure is not painful at all, patients can expect some pain during the recovery process. It is during this period where the body is healing and feels the trauma of the surgical process. Fortunately, this pain should only last a few days, and can be managed with pain medications and other post-operative techniques.

When Will I Feel Back to Normal After a Blepharoplasty?

The recovery timeline after a blepharoplasty varies for each individual and depends on several factors, including the extent of the surgery, the patient's overall health, and how well they follow their aftercare instructions. In general, patients can expect to look and feel presentable after about two weeks, although a complete recovery can take several weeks longer.

What Results Can I Expect From a Blepharoplasty?

Dr. Buinewicz will illustrate your potential results during your blepharoplasty consultation. After discussing your treatment goals and identifying the appropriate surgical techniques, you and Dr. Buinewicz can explore potential outcomes through before and after photos of previous patients. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it can take up to several months for your final results to become visible. Once evident, the results from a blepharoplasty are expected to last several years. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a blepharoplasty does not stop the aging process. Your appearance will continue to change over time, which is why it’s important for patients to practice healthy lifestyle habits that will prolong their results.

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.