Droopy eyelids can give the impression that you are chronically tired, even if that is not the case. They can also cause you to look older than you feel. If you are dissatisfied with your eyelids and the way they affect your facial appearance, you may benefit from a blepharoplasty. Dr. Brad Gandolfi, a double board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, provides corrective eyelid surgery to help improve your upper and lower eyelids, leaving you looking more refreshed and rejuvenated.

The Benefits of a Blepharoplasty

The most common benefits of a blepharoplasty are:

  • Removal of excess skin around the upper and/or lower eyelids
  • Removal of excess fat around the upper and lower eyelids
  • Reduction in the appearance of bags and dark circles under the eyes
  • Enhancement of the cheeks with fat transfers
  • Improvement of skin and removal of small growths from eyelid
  • Adjustment of shape of the eyelids
  • Expansion of the line of sight for improved peripheral vision and better night vision
  • Creation of a refreshed, youthful facial appearance

Am I a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is Generally Ideal For:

  • Clients who are dissatisfied with their eyelids
  • Patients who have excess skin or fat around their eyelid
  • Patients who have weak lower eyelids that are causing eye dryness and irritation
  • Patients with large bags around the eyes
  • Non-smokers who are in good health overall
  • Those who have realistic expectations

It is Not So Great For:

  • Clients with uncontrolled medical conditions
  • Clients with glaucoma, cataracts, or other medical eye conditions

Our Blepharoplasty Procedure Process Explained

What should you expect from your blepharoplasty procedure? The specifics of the surgery may vary depending on your needs, but here is an outline of the basic steps involved.

Your blepharoplasty experience will begin with a phone call from a member of our team, during which you will discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals. At the end of this call, you will be invited to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Gandolfi. 

During this appointment, Dr. Gandolfi will perform a physical evaluation, review medical images, and talk further about your aesthetic goals. You will also have a chance to ask any questions and learn more about the anesthesia options available. You can expect the consultation to last roughly half an hour.

Before your surgery, Dr. Gandolfi and his team will provide you with full instructions about what you need to do to prepare for your procedure. This may involve pausing certain medications or supplements, fasting on the night before surgery, and refraining from wearing facial cosmetics on the day of the procedure.

When you arrive at our surgery center, you will receive a warm welcome from our surgical team. They will guide you to your operating suite, answer any last-minute questions, and administer anesthesia to keep you comfortable.

For blepharoplasty, Dr. Gandolfi will make incisions in the creases of the eyelids, positioning them strategically to minimize any visible scarring. Through these incision sites, Dr. Gandolfi will carefully remove excess skin, and possibly excess fat and muscle as well.

You will be discharged on the same day as your operation and be provided with written instructions regarding recovery and aftercare. By carefully adhering to these guidelines, you can promote healthy recovery and increase your chances of optimal results.

For a few days after surgery, you may experience some symptoms related to your eyesight, including increased sensitivity to light. These are normal side effects and will subside on their own. Pain and swelling can also be expected and may be managed with medication and ice packs. The best thing you can do to promote recovery is to rest and heal for several days, using cold compression regularly.


Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Brad Gandolfi is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with offices in New York City and Englewood, NJ. He specializes in cosmetic surgery and is a member of The Aesthetic Society, a by-invitation-only society for doctors with experience and excellence in cosmetic surgery. He obtained his plastic surgery degree at Duke University Medical Center and spent additional training in facial surgery at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Gandolfi is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

Other Things to Consider Before Getting a Blepharoplasty

Are There Any Risks Involved?

While all surgery comes with risk, you can mitigate that risk by choosing a highly trained and credentialed surgeon. 

Will I Need to Request Extensive Time Off from Work?

The answer depends on how much work is involved, and can only be accurately answered after a consultation. Generally speaking, those that undergo an upper blepharoplasty alone can return to a desk job the next day. Lower blepharoplasty generally requires more time. All types will experience a significant amount of swelling that will last at least one week.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Blepharoplasty results can last for a long time, especially if you follow aftercare guidelines faithfully and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. However, surgery will not halt the effects of aging or gravity. Your plastic surgery procedure may benefit in the future from non-surgical enhancements such as BOTOX®, fillers, and medical grade skincare.

Is it Really Worth It?

Only you can decide whether eyelid surgery is worth it but overall satisfaction rates for blepharoplasty are over 90% according to RealSelf!

Excellence in Blepharoplasty in NYC

Ready to learn more about having cosmetic eyelid surgery in NYC? Dr. Brad Gandolfi has a reputation for promoting patient safety and wellbeing, and for combining artistic skills with advanced surgical techniques to ensure beautiful, natural-looking results. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gandolfi, contact us directly at (212) 287-7211.

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