Restore Youthful Eyes
Are your eyes constantly giving off a tired, sad, or angry appearance? Blepharoplasty can rejuvenate your eyes and enhance your overall appearance. Both Dr. Paul Carniol and Dr. Eric Carniol are double board-certified facial plastic surgeons who bring tremendous experience and expertise to eyelid lift procedures in Summit, NJ. [Link to About pages]
Upper Blepharoplasty in Summit: Combat Sagging Eyelids
Over time, the upper eyelids tend to droop, resulting in a tired or sad look. Additionally, eyelid “bags” can develop, further aging the eyes. Upper blepharoplasty can be performed in our office or in the operating room, especially when combined with other procedures.
During the procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the area. Excess skin is carefully removed, and if necessary, excess fat is also contoured. The incision is then closed with stitches, which are typically removed within five days. After the procedure, most patients will take 1 or 2 Tylenol TOTAL. Many patients even feel confident enough to go out for coffee the day after surgery, sporting their “celebrity” sunglasses. The incision is strategically placed within the eyelid crease, making it nearly invisible. With this procedure, you can restore 5 to 15 years of youthfulness to your eyes, and the results are permanent.
Lower Blepharoplasty: Addressing Eyelid Bags
As time passes, the lower eyelids may appear heavier due to sagging “eyelid bags,” which are caused by protruding fat pads. Lower blepharoplasty is performed in the operating room. An incision is made behind the eyelid, known as a transconjunctival incision, revealing the puffy fat pads. Depending on the patient’s unique anatomy, the fat pads can be removed or repositioned. In some cases, the fat can be redistributed to the tear trough area, improving its appearance. If necessary, excess crepey skin can be treated using a laser or trimmed away. This procedure can also be combined with other rejuvenation procedures for comprehensive results.
Ptosis Repair: Correcting “Lazy” Eyelids
If one or both of your upper eyelids appear “lazy” or “sleepy” due to weakness in the eyelid-opening muscle, ptosis repair can provide a solution. This condition can occur as a result of aging, contact lens or eye drop usage, or previous eye surgeries such as glaucoma or cataract procedures. Dr. Carniol performs ptosis repair in the operating room. Depending on the severity of ptosis, an incision is made either in the eyelid crease or behind the eyelid itself. Dr. Carniol performs ptosis repair with or without upper blepharoplasty to help open the eyes and restore a refreshed appearance.
Yes, upper blepharoplasty may be covered by insurance if the excess upper eyelid skin is obstructing vision. Dr. Carniol often recommends patients undergo vision testing, including visual field testing, conducted by their ophthalmologist or optometrist to determine eligibility for insurance coverage.
In some cases, filler injections can improve the appearance of lower eyelid bags by adding volume to the surrounding area and creating a smoother look. However, excessive filler can result in an unnatural appearance, and regular touch-ups are required. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) can also be used to rejuvenate the area around the eyes. Nevertheless, for a permanent improvement of the lower eyelids, lower blepharoplasty is the ideal solution.
Dr. Carniol and the office staff pride themselves on excellent care of patients throughout the surgical experience. All patients after blepharoplasty are seen the next day after surgery to help in the healing process. Patients are then seen several days later to remove any stitches that need to be removed, typically 4-6 days after surgery. Patients may experience mild discomfort, which can be managed with Tylenol, Advil, or occasionally stronger pain medication if necessary. Driving is permitted once patients feel ready, and remote work can typically be resumed after 3 days. During the initial recovery period, it is recommended to sleep in a slightly elevated position to minimize bruising and swelling. Makeup can usually be used to cover any remaining bruising by day 10. Light exercise can be resumed after 2 weeks.
If you’re seeking a comprehensive solution for your eyelid concerns, look no further than Dr. Paul Carniol and Dr. Eric Carniol. They are both double board certified in facial plastic surgery and will be able to address all of your concerns. Regain youthful eyes and embrace a brighter, more vibrant appearance!
“I had eyelid surgery, my lids hung down to my pupils. I now have bright happy eyes with eyelashes which I haven’t seen in a year. Dr Carniol was great every step from the consultation to the surgery through follow ups. Can’t imagine a better experience or more perfect outcome.”
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