Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) – Head and Neck Surgery

Eye Lift (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is intended to improve the appearance of the eyes and/or improve visual impairment. Puffiness, drooping and fine lines around the eyes are often caused by excess fat or skin in the orbital area, around the eye sockets. This results in a tired appearance and possibly even difficulty seeing as excess skin creates “hooding” over the eyes.

The goal of blepharoplasty is to improve eyelid contour, tighten the skin and create a smoother, more refreshed appearance. The most common form of blepharoplasty uses a camouflaged incision in the crease of the upper eyelid and another just below the lash line of the lower eyelid. In certain instances, an incision can be completely hidden inside the lower eyelid, in what is known as the tranconjunctival approach. Some mild discomfort, bruising and dry eyes may occur after surgery. Patient can typically return to work and social situations within one to two weeks. Adjunctive procedures may be employed in addition to blepharoplasty in order to achieve an optimal outcome, including face liftingbrow liftingmid face lifting, and chin and cheek augmentation.

At Mount Sinai, blepharoplasty surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis at our private, Ambulatory Surgery Center. Blepharoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Prior to surgery patients are given instructions regarding medications and how to prepare for their recovery. After surgery, patients are usually given a short course of antibiotics and mild pain medication as some mild discomfort may persist for the first few days. Patients should expect to return to work or social activities within one to two weeks after surgery. We do ask that patients avoid strenuous activities for two weeks after surgery.

While cost is always a concern, insurance does not generally cover surgery or treatment that is done purely for cosmetic reasons. We provide patients with expected costs prior to any intervention.