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Blepharoplasty in Bucks County, PA & Hunterdon County, NJ

Is a Blepharoplasty Right for Me?

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 both the upper and lower part of the eyelid. Blepharoplasty also improves appearance by tightening up the ligaments and muscles around the eye. Blepharoplasty procedures are used to remove puffy "bags" below 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. Patients can undergo an upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or full blepharoplasty, which combines upper and lower eyelid surgery into a single procedure.

What Are The Types Of Blepharoplasty?

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Upper Blepharoplasty

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 ligaments and muscles in the area.

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Lower Blepharoplasty

The other type of blepharoplasty works by removing unsightly fatty tissue that results in "bags" under the eye. This type of eyelid surgery tightens 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 surgery to achieve a complete makeover of the eyes. 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.

Patient Before & Afters

What Can Blepharoplasty Accomplish?

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  • Rejuvenates the area in and around the eyes
  • Provides a fresher and more youthful profile
  • Improves the appearance of drooping or sagging eyelids
  • May help clear up issues with vision impairment caused by drooping eyelids
  • Tightens and refreshes the area around the eye
  • Boosts self-confidence and self-esteem

Are You A Candidate For A Blepharoplasty?

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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 under the 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.

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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Questions For Your Consult

How Long After a Blepharoplasty Consultation Is the Surgery?

Generally, the time between your consultation and your blepharoplasty surgery will be somewhere between 1 and 6 weeks. The exact time between the two will depend on a few factors. One major factor is our practice availability, as Dr. Buinewicz needs to be available for your entire procedure. Additionally, some patients may need a few weeks to fully prepare for surgery, which may include discontinuing the use of certain vitamins, drugs and medications that can negatively interfere with treatment. Any patient undergoing a blepharoplasty over the age of 40 also needs an EKG by their medical doctor.

How Much Does a Blepharoplasty Cost?

The average cost of rhinoplasty varies from one community to the other with some small variations. Factors, such as the facility where the rhinoplasty will be performed, type of anesthesia and other issues, come to bear on the final cost of the nasal surgery. Hunterdon County and Bucks County rhinoplasty varies in price range according to these factors. Sometimes, insurance companies can offset the cost of rhinoplasty when certain mitigating circumstances are present. Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa makes facial surgery procedures available and affordable for everyone. Our office provides a wide array of payment options, including easy financing. We also accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for rhinoplasty and other procedures.

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What Happens During Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Blepharoplasty surgery can be performed using different types of anesthesia, depending on the patient's individual needs and preferences. The most common types of anesthesia used for blepharoplasty surgery are general anesthesia and twilight anesthesia. You can rest assured Dr. Buinewicz will help you select the anesthetic technique that will optimize your comfort and safety.

The exact steps of the procedure may vary depending on whether the patient has chosen upper, lower, or full blepharoplasty. For patients receiving upper eyelid surgeries, incisions are made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid, so they are hidden when the eye is open. This approach allows the surgeon to remove excess skin, muscle, and fat without leaving visible scars.

For patients receiving lower eyelid surgeries, incisions may be made either just beneath the lower eyelashes or inside the lower eyelid. When the incisions are made below the eyelashes, they are usually hidden in the natural creases and shadows of the eye area. When the incisions are made inside the lower eyelid, they are invisible from the outside and do not leave any visible scars.

Overall, blepharoplasty surgery typically takes around 1-3 hours to complete, depending on the extent of the procedure.

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.

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.