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Blepharoplasty

Brighter & Beautiful Eyes

The solution for tired-appearing eyes is an eyelid lift at RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Brooklyn, NY.

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. But as you age, excess skin folds, under-eye bags, and shadows accumulate around the eyes and create the beginning of an aged appearance. For patients in Brooklyn, Blepharoplasty offers a safe and effective solution to correct the tired appearance and sagging skin around the eyelids.

At RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery, located in the beautiful neighborhood of DUMBO in Brooklyn, NY, double board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Renata Khelemsky offers Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) to rejuvenate the eyes by reducing under-eye bags, lifting sagging tissues and removing excess eyelid skin. Because the eyes are central to the face and to social interactions, the results can dramatically improve the way you look and feel.

What is a
Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that rejuvenates the upper and lower eyelids.

Eyelid surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is designed to sculpt and lift the tissues around your eyes, including the skin, muscle, and fat. The primary purpose of an eyelid lift is to open and brighten the appearance of the eyes by removing and tightening sagging tissue. In severe cases, removing excessive upper eyelid skin can also improve peripheral vision. Eyelid skin is the thinnest skin of the body, and with time, this skin becomes stretched, leaving behind an uneven and crepey texture.

Upper eyelids tend to have folds of excess skin and occasionally excess fullness near the nasal region, while lower eyelids appear to have crepey folds of skin, puffy looking eye bags, and a prominent shadow emanating from the corner known as the “tear trough.” These are signs of eyelid aging, and they are addressed surgically through Blepharoplasty, which creates a smoother, tighter, and more youthful appearance for upper and lower eyelids.

Types of Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, offers targeted solutions for rejuvenating both the upper and lower eyelids. Understanding the distinctions between upper and lower blepharoplasty can guide individuals seeking cosmetic improvements in these areas.

Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty is a specialized eyelid surgery designed to precisely address concerns associated with the upper eyelids. This procedure involves the meticulous removal of excess skin, adjustment of fat and muscle, and customization based on individual features. The unique benefits of upper blepharoplasty include the elimination of drooping or hooding, reduction of puffiness, and a restoration of a more youthful and open-eyed appearance. Upper blepharoplasty can improve vision by correcting obstruction caused by excessive skin. With a focus on precision and customization, this procedure delivers both aesthetic rejuvenation and functional benefits.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty is a specialized eyelid surgery meticulously tailored to address distinct concerns associated with the lower eyelids. This procedure focuses on refining the under-eye area by precisely addressing issues such as under-eye bags, wrinkles, puffiness, and skin laxity. Surgeons typically redistribute or remove excess fat, tighten the skin, and address muscle laxity to achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. The unique benefits of lower blepharoplasty include the reduction of tired-looking eyes, the smoothing of under-eye contours, and an overall improvement in facial harmony.

Blepharoplasty Benefits

Blepharoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure, is designed to address issues such as sagging skin, puffiness, and wrinkles around the eyes, contributing to a more youthful and refreshed facial appearance. The benefits of Blepharoplasty extend beyond aesthetics, playing a pivotal role in boosting self-confidence and self-esteem. When excess skin obstructs vision, the surgery can alleviate functional issues, enhancing eyesight and facilitating better daily functioning.

The advantages of Blepharoplasty are diverse, including a reduction in the tired or fatigued look associated with drooping eyelids, resulting in a more vibrant and energetic appearance. Surgeons also customize the procedure to complement individual facial features, ensuring natural-looking results that seamlessly integrate with the patient's overall aesthetic. With its long-lasting results and potential to positively impact both appearance and functionality, Blepharoplasty emerges as a holistic solution, improving not only the way individuals look but also how they feel and function in their daily lives.

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How do I know if a Blepharoplasty is right for me?

Dr. Khelemsky is a valuable resource for questions about your blepharoplasty surgery.

An eyelid lift is a powerful anti-aging solution that removes excess skin around the eyes, reduces puffiness or under-eye bags, and lifts sagging tissues that contribute to an aged and tired appearance. In some patients, treating the excessive upper eyelid skin may also improve their peripheral vision. In such cases, patients are also advised to see their ophthalmologist to thoroughly evaluate their vision and other related eyelid concerns. Patients considering Blepharoplasty must be in overall good health, avoid smoking, and manage any chronic conditions affecting their health before having surgery.

If you have an uncontrolled medical illness or ongoing treatments with your eye doctor, you may not be a candidate for Blepharoplasty until your conditions are well managed. It is also important to evaluate the health and condition of your eyes before any cosmetic surgery. At RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery, patients receive exceptional customer service, a welcoming environment, scheduling flexibility, and an unparalleled level of personal attention to their needs and wishes.

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“Dr. Khelemsky brings the “art” of medicine to a whole new level. She is a perfectionist that took her time with my procedure. I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. My surgery was on a Friday morning, and Dr. Khelemsky came in on both Saturday and Sunday to ensure that I was healing appropriately and my pain was being managed… I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results even now.”

—Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Renata Khelemsky did an amazing job with my rhinoplasty. In the consultation, she identified what changes would be made to best work for my face and listened to my concerns. I am so happy with the results and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in this procedure.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an amazing doctor and artist. She did my filler and I am so happy with it. I will recommend her to everyone I know. She explains everything so that you can understand.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an outstanding physician... She herself is very calming and makes you feel at ease and confident in the decision you are making. I am overjoyed with the results of my facelift, and would definitely do it again. If someone is thinking about a facelift or any procedure and is apprehensive... Dr. Khelemsky will give you great reassurance… When I look in the mirror, in Zoom, in selfies - I now love my jawline and my whole face in general.”

—Surgical Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Awesome! She was patient and very quick with no pain. She explained everything thoroughly with me and definitely knows her skill set! I trusted her expertise in natural-looking adjustments and it turned out fantastic!”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I love coming to see Dr. Kelemsky! She has the patient’s best interest in mind and I always feel Dr. Kelemsky addresses what look I am going for and is right on the money. I walk out of the office feeling much more confident than when I came in. I will always trust Dr. Kelemsky and she most definitely has a patient for life. She does both my Botox and lip fillers and both procedures have always been flawless.”

—Lip filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky did an outstanding job on my nose. She explained everything in detail from the very first consultation. She’s professional, caring and her attention to detail makes her the absolute best surgeon! I’m extremely happy with my results and highly recommend her to anyone.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“I had a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was extremely professional, answered all my questions before my Botox and injectable treatment. There was very little discomfort and hardly any bruising at all. I am thrilled with the results and will use her again for future treatment. I would highly recommend her.”

—Botox patient | RealSelf

“My experience was great! Dr. K is very good at explaining her vision for results with injectable fillers. She is warm and friendly and a delight to chat with. It has been years since I have had a “real” Doctor sit and talk and do an almost painless procedure.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I recently had eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Khelemsky… From the moment I saw her in the surgery center I felt at ease and knew everything was going to be OK. The surgery went well… Referred by my eye doctor, my eyesight is better already. I look forward to recommending my family and friends to Dr. Khelemsky, she has the qualities that everyone seeks out in a true medical professional.”

—Blepharoplasty patient | RealSelf

Preparing for Blepharoplasty Surgery

Take time to prepare for surgery to experience optimal recovery.

Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that will create a youthful and more toned appearance in the eyes. Preparing for the day of surgery ensures that you will have adequate support and a smooth recovery. Here are several tips you can do to ensure success before and after Blepharoplasty:

One to Two Weeks Before

  • Follow instructions about taking or avoiding certain medications
  • Avoid smoking because it decreases blood flow and can impede healing
  • Wear sunscreen and avoid direct exposure to the sun around the eyes
  • Fill your prescriptions and obtain the necessary eye care products
  • Review your post-operative instructions with your caregiver
  • Set up voice assistance on your electronics
  • Pre-download books or music you enjoy to keep you company

Surgery Day

  • Assign a friend or family member to drive you home
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and shoes
  • Give your surgical folder to your caregiver
  • Bring sunglasses to protect your eyes on the ride home after your surgery

Right before your Blepharoplasty Brooklyn Facial Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Khelemsky will answer any further questions and review your surgical plan.

Blepharoplasty Procedure

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Brooklyn Blepharoplasty Surgeon, Dr. Khelemsky, uses highly advanced surgical techniques, including fat-preservation of the lower eyelids to erase the lower eyelid tear-trough and provide a smooth and youthful contour. Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery, and patients return home the same day. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed in the office while awake. However, lower eyelid surgery most often requires sedation anesthesia in an operating room.

Upper Eyelid Lift: For an upper blepharoplasty, the incision is made along the crease of the upper eyelid. Excess skin is removed, and fat deposits may be sculpted or reduced. Some patients will require additional steps that address droopy eyelids caused by dysfunction of the eyelid muscles. This condition is known as ptosis. Ptosis repair is a delicate and technically challenging surgery. Dr. Khelemsky is a double board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon and has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of eyelid ptosis. Using delicate techniques to ensure safety and accuracy, Dr. Khelemsky specializes in both cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery, which are performed at the same time depending on the needs of each patient.

Lower Eyelid “Fat-Preserving” Lift: Lower eyelid blepharoplasty often requires sedation anesthesia to ensure comfort for the patient and safety in surgery. Using a unique and multi-layered surgical approach, Dr. Khelemsky performs her signature fat-preserving technique to rejuvenate the lower eyelid. An incision is made inside the lower eyelid, also known as a trans-conjunctival incision, in order to access the fat of the under-eye bags. In this procedure, Dr. Khelemsky carefully isolates and repositions the lower eyelid fat into a pocket along the cheek that lessens the shadow of the tear trough. While many surgeons choose to remove the fat of the lower eyelid, Dr. Khelemsky preserves the natural and youthful fat to blend and erase the shadow of the under-eye region.

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Additionally, a delicate skin incision hidden just beneath the lower lashes is used to remove excess skin, tighten the muscles, and support the ligaments of the lower eyelid, creating a multi-layer lift that is key to this procedure. Lower eyelid fat-preserving blepharoplasty is most commonly performed with an upper eyelid lift to obtain a complete and natural rejuvenation of the eyes.

Blepharoplasty Recovery

An optimal healing experience. Recovery from eyelid surgery tends to be a smooth and pleasant experience. Most often, suture removal is not required because your sutures are self-dissolving. After your Blepharoplasty surgery, you will need to use cool ice compresses over the eyes and keep your head elevated in bed. Strenuous activities are strictly prohibited for two weeks. It is advised to avoid direct sun exposure and wear sunglasses for several weeks when outdoors or driving. Swelling, bruising, and the sensation of dry eyes may occur, but these symptoms usually subside within several weeks. Patients can generally expect to return to work after two weeks. However, some elect to take an additional week of recovery. Avoid the use of contact lenses and strenuous exercise for six weeks after surgery. Dr. Khelemsky provides specific post-operative instructions to ensure you know the necessary precautions for optimal healing and results.

Blepharoplasty Results

Your results are immediately noticeable; however, after a Blepharoplasty Brooklyn patients will have swelling and bruising that will be apparent. It is normal to experience blurry vision for several days due to swelling and the use of eye ointments. It is important to remember that swelling varies from patient to patient, and some will have more swelling than others. However, swelling is a normal event and will not affect your final results provided you follow along with your post-operative instructions. For patients who have upper eyelid surgery alone, most can return to their daily routine within one week. For lower eyelid surgery, most patients are ready to return to work and social activities after two to four weeks. Your results are permanent; however, over time, natural aging still occurs. Therefore, it is important that you apply sunscreen every day and treat your eyes with gentle care to maintain your aesthetic results.

Why choose RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery?

We offer surgeon-based care focused on highlighting your unique beauty. Possessing a keen eye, gentle touch, and deft technical skill, Dr. Renata stays at the forefront of aesthetic medicine to bring you the highest level of care available, tailoring every service to your unique needs.

Our state-of-the-art facial aesthetic clinic is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in New York City. We cater to the local areas, including Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Long Island City, and Cobble Hill, as well as Manhattan and New York City at large. Patients can expect a premium experience in our luxury office setting, where attention to privacy and one-on-one care create a professionally tranquil and high-quality visit.

A double-board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Renata Khelemsky specializes in enhancing natural beauty. A Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and diplomate of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, her personalized approach begins with a comprehensive analysis of your facial features, ensuring each transformation celebrates your unique individuality.

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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)

Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on your specific surgery, you will be administered local anesthesia and possibly sedation anesthesia. You will not experience discomfort or anxiety during your procedure. For office procedures, you may be provided with a light sedating medication to ease you into the procedure. Cool compresses and over-the-counter medications are most commonly used to manage any discomfort during your recovery.

Blepharoplasty is a safe and effective procedure, and choosing a double board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon will ensure that you are in the best of hands. Common though treatable risks after surgery include prolonged eye dryness and irritation. Severe complications are uncommon and include infection, bleeding, poor cosmetic results, and changes in vision. Dr. Khelemsky has extensive experience in cosmetic, functional, and revision eyelid surgeries, and your specific needs will be met with the highest level of excellence, training, and personal care.

Yes! A non-surgical eyelid lift uses neuromodulators such as Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm to give the appearance of a more rested under-eye area. This non-surgical option also reduces recovery time and takes about 10 to 20 minutes to perform in the office. During your consultation, Dr. Khelemsky will discuss with you all of your options. The best option will greatly depend on the severity of excess skin around the eyelids, as well as your overall aesthetic goals. Keep in mind that dermal fillers and Botox are not permanent options, and routine maintenance is necessary for a consistent appearance.

During your consultation, Dr. Khelemsky will assess your eyelid concerns and determine the best treatment plan that will meet your needs. During this time, Dr. Khelemky and her team will go over the costs of your procedure. Each patient will vary based on their aesthetic goals, approaches, and overall plan. Surgeries that take place in an operating room as part of an accredited surgical facility will have additional costs due to facility and anesthesia fees.

An eyelid lift is considered cosmetic surgery unless deemed medically necessary to restore peripheral vision due to sagging skin or a droopy upper eyelid due to a weakened upper eyelid muscle. While our practice does not participate in any insurance plans or programs, including Medicaid or Medicare, financing and payment options may be available through CareCredit. Dr. Khelemsky specializes in cosmetic and complex reconstructive eyelid surgery and will provide a comprehensive plan that addresses both your cosmetic needs and any possible underlying functional issues.

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