Dr. Lissauer specializes in eyelid plastic surgery in New York and has national and international clientele. Attention to detail and providing patients with the best possible experience is of utmost importance to his practice. If you’re looking to refresh or correct your upper eyelids, Dr. Lissauer can help.

About Cosmetic Upper Eyelid Surgery

The upper eyelids (area above the eyes) commonly show the effects of aging including: Excess upper eyelid skin, protruding fat and drooping eyelids or eyebrows. These changes create a tired, sad look and cover up the natural beauty of the eyes.

Cosmetic upper eyelid surgery or upper blepharoplasty is performed to remove the excess skin and fat creating a more youthful, refreshed look. Upper blepharoplasty is performed by placing an incision within the natural upper eyelid crease and removing the excess skin and fat. The incision is then closed using very fine sutures creating minimal scarring after healing is completed.

Can Cosmetic upper eyelid surgery open up the eyes?

Upper eyelid drooping or ptosis, makes the eyes look small and sleepy. Ptosis can be repaired by re-attaching the muscle that lifts the eyelids, opening the eyes back to their previous position. Ptosis surgery can be combined with an upper lid blepharoplasty to give a more alert and refreshed appearance and improve symmetry.

Who is a good candidate for upper blepharoplasty surgery?

Anyone who wants a more youthful, refreshed look can be a good candidate. Younger women and men with heavy eyelids who constantly hear they look tired or have difficulty applying make-up can be a good candidate. Senior people with sagging redundant upper eyelid skin who look sad or tired can be a good candidate as well. A consultation with Dr. Lissauer will ultimately determine whether you are a good candidate for an upper blepharoplasty.

How is cosmetic upper eyelid surgery performed?

Dr. Lissauer performs upper blepharoplasty as an outpatient procedure at The Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York, with local sedation administered by an anesthesiologist. The patient is awake but relaxed and the procedure is painless. Generally the procedure is about one to two hours depending on if other procedures are performed simultaneously.

What should I expect after cosmetic upper eyelid surgery?

Upper lid incisions are made within the natural folds of the skin. These incisions typically heal very well and in most cases are barely visible four to six weeks after surgery.

Bruising, swelling, and tightness are normal and typically take one to two weeks to resolve. Sunglasses or tinted lenses can help to hide bruising. Make-up can also be used to cover bruising but should not be used on or near incisions the first two weeks after surgery.

Sutures are usually removed six days after surgery and most patients are able to resume normal activities within one week and are usually able to return back to work in seven to ten days. Light exercise can usually be resumed within one week and full exercise within two weeks.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lissauer regarding cosmetic eyelid surgery, please contact our New York office at: 212-717-2150 for an appointment.