Your eyes are one of your most expressive features. Aesthetically pleasing eyes can reflect energy, confidence and youth, while drooping skin, puffiness, or dark circles can make you look tired or actually age the appreance of your face.
Fortunately, Dr. Fredric Newman can ease these signs of aging with blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery at The Aesthetic Surgery Center.
Ready to learn more about the benefits of eyelid surgery?
Consult an Expert
With over 30 years of plastic surgery experience, Dr. Newman has the knowledge and expertise to provide results that enhance your self-esteem as well as your appearance.
During a consultation, he can determine if eyelid surgery is the right facial plastic surgery for you or whether a non-surgical option can help.
Modern Techniques Make Scarring Virtually Undetectable
Dr. Newman uses modern surgical techniques to minimize the appearance of scarring after blepharoplasty. In upper eyelid surgery, he creates the incisions in the natural crease of the eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, he can place the incision just below the lash line. Dr. Newman works carefully to provide patients with a rested and rejuvenated appearance with no obvious scarring.
Dr. Newman is one of the few plastic surgeons who can perform procedures at his own private, accredited surgical center rather than a hospital or third-party facility. This feature helps make your plastic surgery procedure at our Darien practice as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Although the length of your procedure will vary depending on the extent of your surgery and whether you are combining other treatments like a facelift, here is what you can expect on the day of your procedure:
Typical post-operative side effects of eyelid surgery include:
- Blurry Vision: Dr. Newman applies an ointment to lubricate and protect the eyes. This can temporarily blur your vision.
- Tightness in the Area of Surgery: A result of post-surgical swelling, this usually diminishes quickly.
- Discomfort: Some pain is common to many cosmetic procedures. However, the discomfort from eyelid surgery is usually minimal.
- Bruising and Swelling: As with any plastic surgery procedure, some bruising and swelling can be expected. This generally fades in the days following treatment.
The Day of Eyelid Surgery
Elevating your head and applying cold compresses to the eyes will help to minimize swelling from blepharoplasty. It is particularly important to rest with your head up.
Bruising in the area around the eyes will increase up to a point and then fade. However, you can use makeup to conceal discoloration. You may also experience blurred vision, excess tears or dry eyes, itchiness in the area, or sensitivity to light.
Stitches will be removed or will have dissolved by the end of the week. You can return to ordinary activity, but strenuous activities should be avoided for approximately a month after surgery.
First Several Weeks
After about four weeks, you can resume more strenuous activities - contact lenses can be used after two weeks. You should no longer be experiencing blurry vision or sensitivity to light. After about four weeks, you can resume more strenuous activities and use contact lenses.
Virtualy all patients are pleased with their blepharoplasty experience and their new invigorated appearance. In fact, greater confidence in one's appearance can often lend itself to greater confidence in professional and social engagements. Most people will not realize that you have undergone a surgical procedure but may comment that you look younger, healthier and better rested.
“Just wanted to second the other person's observation that if 10 stars were available, Dr. Newman and his team would merit them and then some. I had a facelift and neck liposuction with an upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid lifts) in June and couldn't be happier with the results...”Marissa B., Patient
Affordable, Transparent Pricing
The cost of eyelid surgery depends on your choice of surgeon, the extent of surgery, the purpose of your surgery, and a number of other factors. For example, functional blepharoplasty procedures can remove excess skin obstructing your field of vision. Because this is intended to improve your vision, insurance plans may cover part of the cost. In contrast, blepharoplasty performed for cosmetic purposes can provide a dramatic aesthetic enhancement but is not covered by insurance.
On average, though, an upper or lower blepharoplasty costs about $3,000 for both sides, and about $6,000 for upper and lower on both sides. More information on your estimated blepharoplasty cost will be explained during a consultation with Dr. Fredric Newman.
The venue where surgery takes place is a significant cost factor. Hospitals are the costliest option, while an ambulatory surgical center (ASC) or third-party surgical venue costs less. Dr. Newman has his own surgical center certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, which is considered the gold standard for patient care and safety. In addition, the center meets the stringent requirements of the State of Connecticut, the same agency that credentials hospital operating rooms.
Having our own ambulatory surgical facility allows us to not only offer our patients increased privacy, but also provides significant cost savings compared to a hospital or ASC. We follow a strict screening protocol and do not treat anyone with infections. Patients need to first undergo pre-operative testing, after which they are cleared to receive treatment at our facility. This has ensured that we have an infection rate of nearly zero.
Financing Options Available
Patients who undergo blepharoplasty to improve their vision can expect that insurance may cover a portion of the cost. If not, we can still recommend a number of financing options including CareCredit® and Comprehensive Finance, which offer low-interest monthly payment plans for qualified applicants. Dr. Newman and his team believe that treatment should be within reach for all individuals who desire it and we will do everything we can to make your treatment more affordable.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Newman, he will listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. If he determines that you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery, he will create a customized treatment plan and a member of our staff will provide an overall cost estimate.
While the cost of a surgical procedure is an important aspect of your decision-making process, it is even more important to ensure that your treatment is performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who will customize the procedure to your unique needs. Dr. Newman places a strong emphasis on providing fully customized procedures in the utmost safety, designed to provide significant long-term benefits.
We can work with you to place the cost of your aesthetic goals comfortably within your budget.
Explore Your Options
For patients who are not ready to undergo surgery, Dr. Newman can recommend a non-surgical alternative such as microdermabrasion or laser treatments. However, it is important to remember that non-surgical treatments do not provide the same long-lasting results as eyelid surgery, and you are often required to undergo regular treatments in order to maintain your results.
Therefore, surgery is the surest way to get the results you are looking for, especially if you have more extensive concerns.
With over 30 years of plastic surgery experience, Dr. Fredric Newman can help you achieve natrual-looking results that improve your confidence as well as your appearance.
Types of Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty can address the upper or lower eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty can remove drooping skin and fat in the upper eyelids that can obscure vision and cause patients to look tired or angry. Lower blepharoplasty can reduce baggy skin under the eyes by tightening the skin and removing excess fat. Both procedures are simple, and scars can be easily hidden in the lashline or the crease of the upper eyelid for natural-looking results.
To complement your eyelid surgery, you may want to consider additional procedures offered at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, such facial implants, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, and laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Newman can help create a treatment plan based on what you hope to achieve.
Patients typically undergo general anesthesia during blepharoplasty to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. The procedure lasts one to two hours, depending on the extent of surgery.
Upper eyelid surgery begins with an incision, usually made in the natural crease of the eyelid, beginning at the inside corner of the eye and extending past the outer corner. Through this incision, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat. The incision is then closed with sutures. The folds of the eyelid hide resulting scars.
During lower eyelid surgery, the incision is usually made just beneath the lower eyelashes. The surgeon trims away excess skin, tightens underlying muscle tissue, and can remove or reposition fatty tissue. The incisions are then closed. For patients who do not require extensive adjustments, lower blepharoplasty can sometimes be performed with an incision on the inside of the eyelid.
One of the Country's Leading Surgeons
Dr. Newman has performed thousands of plastic surgery procedures over his career, earning him recognition as one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in America. He is proud to be affiliated with:
~The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
~American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (203) 872-5299 today.
“Thank you for being so welcoming, professional and kind throughout this entire process. I am over-satisfied with the results and customer service!” - Kim, Actual Patient