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Daniel Y. Maman, MD FACS

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery restores a natural and youthful contour to the upper lids and reduces puffiness and drooping of the skin beneath the eyes.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat around the eyes.

Both surgical and non-invasive blepharoplasty techniques can be used to achieve desired results. 

How does it work?

The precise combination of surgical and non-surgical techniques used depends on the issues being addressed.

  • Upper lid blepharoplasty, recommended for patients with heavy eyelid hoods, is done by removing or repositioning fat deposits, cutting away excess skin, and tightening facial muscles around the eye through a small incision in the natural crease of your eyelid. This can often be performed in the office with only local anesthesia.
  • Lower lid blepharoplasty, recommended for patients with puffy or dark, saggy bags under their eyes, uses an incision in your lower lash line as an access point to excise excess skin. Some patients also have a section of surrounding muscles and fat removed and/or repositioned
    • Skin pinch blepharoplasty, recommended for patients looking for minimal changes, is an alternative lower lid technique that removes excess skin only, leaving the fatty and muscle layers untouched.
    • Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is a new lower lid technique especially well suited for patients with puffy bags under their eyes. This technique is gaining in popularity because excess fat is removed through an incision inside your lower lid, resulting in no visible scarring.
  • Fat grafting and transposition is effective for patients with sagging, dark circles under their eyes. In this surgery, fat is harvested from one part of your body and grafted into your tear trough (the crease between your lower eyelid and upper cheek) or cheek, restoring the fullness and volume often lost to age.

 

 

The Procedure

We make sure you have the information you need to feel informed about your decision, from your inquiry about our practice through the consultation and recovery.

Before surgery, we provide:

  • 60- to 90-minute in-depth initial consultations with a complete medical history review and physical assessment by Dr. Maman
  • Multiple pre-op visits to answer all your questions and make sure you are recovery-ready
  • Specialized surgery coordinators to help you navigate scheduling, financial, and insurance processes

Once you have moved forward with surgery, we make sure you are just as cared for. You will get:

  • Convenient and safe operating facilities in NYC
  • Luxury recovery rooms at NYC hotels for out-of-town patients or patients uncomfortable recovering at home (if needed)
  • Complimentary, custom scar treatment regimens 
  • Attentive and routine aftercare visits

Personalized, Holistic Patient-Centered Approach

Understanding each patient’s personal and clinical needs is central to our practice. We customize treatment plans for each patient, and each patient receives Dr. Maman’s personal contact information along with direct round-the-clock access to our nurse and surgical coordinator.

“I spent over two years researching the right plastic surgeon. I went to many consultations, but I must say once I met Dr. Maman, I realized my search was over. It was quite obvious that he is meticulous with every aspect of his work.”

Results & Recovery

We take every measure to provide the highest degree of comfort for our patients throughout their blepharoplasty process. 

We schedule multiple pre-op appointments to make sure that our patients are fully informed and know exactly what to expect from the procedure. We also stay in close contact during the pre-op period in order to ensure that each patient receives prompt and personalized care.

Once surgery is complete, local patients have the option to recover at home in NYC or in one of our luxury recovery rooms located in select hotels in the city. Recovery timelines vary depending on procedure, and our thorough aftercare options ensure optimized recovery and results. 

For more information, read our FAQs below

See our results. Contact us to find the right approach for you.

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Meet Dr. Daniel Y. Maman, Board-Certified NYC Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Maman completed a Harvard fellowship in aesthetic breast surgery as well as a 6-year plastic surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He has appeared on The New York Times’ Top Doctors and Super Doctors in Plastic Surgery lists. 

Dr. Maman is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  

Whether your reasons for surgery are personal, clinical, or both, you deserve an experienced surgeon who is a partner in your care. 

Contact us today to request a consultation.

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

How much do you charge for an eyelid procedure?
Because each patient requires a unique treatment plan to achieve their goals, blepharoplasty surgery pricing varies and is customized to your surgery. After your initial consultation with Dr. Maman, our specialized surgical coordinators will provide you with an itemized price quote.
Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Although meeting with Dr. Maman is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty, patients seeking eyelid lifts are usually over 35 years old and generally healthy non-smokers who are unhappy with the appearance of their upper and/or lower eyelids.
Will eyelid surgery help reduce wrinkles around my eyes and brows?
Blepharoplasty removes the excess fat, tissue, and skin in the upper eyelid and/or under your eye, but it will not reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. It is possible, however, to eliminate fine lines around your eyes by adding laser skin resurfacing to your blepharoplasty procedure. Eye and brow wrinkles can also be improved through the use of dermal fillers like Botox and Restylane, but you will need injections every three to six months to maintain the results. Laser skin resurfacing results can last for years.
Will my eyelid surgery be permanent?
A blepharoplasty delivers one of the longest-lasting results in plastic surgery. Some, but not all, patients find they do not need to repeat their lower lid surgery. The duration of an upper lid eyelid surgery can be anywhere from five to fifteen years depending on your genetics and lifestyle.

One note—blepharoplasty will not stop the aging process. Even though the fat removed from your eyelids will not come back, your skin will continue to produce less and less of the elastin and collagen that keeps your skin taut.

This means your brows or the skin around your eyes will gradually continue to droop. While you may eventually see folds again on your eyelids, the cause of this secondary drooping is not the same as the cause of your initial surgery. Some patients in this situation come back thinking they need another eyelid surgery and end up better served by a procedure like a forehead lift instead.

Where will my surgery be performed? How long does eyelid surgery take?
Dr. Maman usually performs eyelid surgeries at an in-office, AAAASF-certified facility or an outpatient ambulatory surgery center (ASC). He also has operating privileges at Mount Sinai Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, and Englewood Hospital. We work with you to select the best facility for your needs.

Upper eyelid surgery usually takes about one hour. Surgery on the lower lid can take up to two hours. If you are not combining your blepharoplasty with other procedures, your surgery will likely be completed using local anesthesia or IV sedation. If you are combining your eyelid procedure with a face or brow lift, rhinoplasty, or other facial surgery (like fat transfers or chin augmentation) your surgeon will likely use general anesthesia.

Can I combine my eyelid surgery with other procedures?
While it depends on what type of procedures you are hoping to combine, the answer is generally yes. Combining procedures can minimize overall recovery time and reduce costs. Dr. Maman works with you to find the best way to achieve your desired results with the least amount of operating time so you can get back to living your life.

Facelifts, brow lifts, and rhinoplasties are commonly paired with eyelid surgeries. It is also normal to add laser skin resurfacing or a peel to your blepharoplasty.

What can I expect after surgery?
Your vision may be blurry when you wake up after your eyelid surgery. This blurry vision is usually caused by layers of antibiotic ointments to keep your incisions from drying out. You will also be given ice packs to use for the first day or two to help reduce the amount of bruising and swelling you experience. We recommend that you sleep sitting up for the first 48 hours.

Because blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure, you will likely be able to leave the surgical facility with a responsible adult caregiver within a few hours of waking up.

If you combine a blepharoplasty with a more invasive surgery like a facelift, you may be required to spend a minimum of one night with a private duty care nurse. This nurse will be there when you wake up from surgery, escort you to your home or hotel, and stay overnight to monitor your vitals, manage drainage from your surgical sites, and maintain your comfort levels.

What is recovery like from eyelid surgery?
While recovery time varies based on factors like age and health status, most upper lid blepharoplasty patients have their sutures removed five to seven days after surgery. Around this time you should also notice that bruising and swelling around your eyes will be resolved.

For patients who have surgery on their upper and lower eyelids, recovery averages two to four weeks.

It is important to carefully follow all aftercare instructions, including using any eye drops, ointments, or prescription medicines Dr. Maman prescribes. You may find that your eyes need more rest for the first few weeks post-surgery, so enjoy a few extra naps or breaks in a dark, quiet room. We also recommend wearing sunglasses for several weeks when outside to protect your eyes from the sun.

Will I have visible scars after my eyelid surgery?
You cannot avoid scars after surgery, but eyelids heal well and quickly. With incisions placed in the crease of your eye for upper eyelid surgery and in your lower lash line for lower eyelid surgery, scars are generally minimally visible.
When can I wear makeup after surgery? What about exercise?
You need to keep your incisions dry for two days post-surgery, but around day three you can begin gently washing your face and patting it dry. You can begin wearing makeup again approximately two weeks after your surgery as long as Dr. Maman is satisfied with your healing process.

Patients should avoid all strenuous lifting and exercise for a minimum of one week and then should gently work back into their normal exercise routine.

When can I go back to work/daily life?
Blepharoplasty is not a major surgery like a facelift, but your eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of your body. It is important to give them adequate time to heal. Many upper eyelid surgery patients find they need seven to ten days of recovery time before they can spend significant time under fluorescent office lights or staring at a computer screen. Lower lid patients often need ten to fourteen days.
Will I have to pay for follow-up visits after my surgery?
Because we value our patients’ health and satisfaction above everything else, we do not charge for post-operative visits, whether they are part of your detailed follow-up plan during the first year after surgery or the annual visits that we recommend to ensure your results are maintained.

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