High-quality Manhattan Blepharoplasty, Brow Lift, and Eyelid Surgery
As a plastic surgeon, I group brow lifts and eye lifts together because falling brows are the main culprit for drooping, tired looking eyelids. Here’s why: In the forehead the major muscle is the frontalis. It lifts the eyebrows, similar to the way a curtain is lifted on a stage. But since the frontalis doesn’t extend all the way across the forehead, the sides are likely to sag first. This is why many people have a drooping fold of skin on their upper eyelids.
Thankfully, through brow lift and eyelid surgery at our New York practice, patients can achieve optimal rejuvenation through minimally invasive procedures.
Why Eyelid Surgery at Our New York Practice May Be Right for You
As you age all sorts of other things happen to make the eye area look tired. As gravity pulls down on the forehead, the frontalis muscle fights back, pulling skyward creating furrows on your forehead. At the same time, gravity and age conspire to push the fat around the eyeball forward, resulting in those unsightly bags below and above the eye. To make matters worse, as the muscle surrounding the eye ages, the skin there crinkles and crow’s feet appear.
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For most patients I recommend a lateral browlift, a procedure I developed and which won the “Best Scientific Exhibit Award” from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in 2003. It features small incisions, doesn’t raise the hairline, and creates a naturally arched eyebrow.
The procedure is less invasive and simpler than a full brow lift. Tiny incisions are made in the hairline at the temples. Excess skin is removed and the outer corners of the forehead are raised. Unlike a full brow lift, a lateral brow lift will not raise the middle of the brow, but it will dramatically help to alleviate crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes.
There are two additional procedures to correct the areas around the eye: removing excess fat that causes bags, and removing the corrugator muscle that causes frown lines. The latter procedure has the extra benefit of permanently erasing the vertical lines between your eyes, thus eliminating the need for Botox! The removal of excess fat can be performed as part of the brow lift procedure or on its own; the removal of the corrugator muscle can be performed as part of either the brow lift or the blepharoplasty procedure.
Lower eyelid surgery
Lower eyelid surgery is the most complicated eye procedure at our New York surgical center. This surgery is extremely complicated for two reasons: The eye needs to lubricate itself and the muscles that give the eyelid its shape are extremely delicate. This is why lower eyelid surgery should only be performed by experts in the field.
To remove “creepy skin” beneath the eyes I prefer a procedure that requires a tiny incision just under the lashes and that is near impossible to detect. To remove excess skin and muscle, the incision is expanded to include the muscle. Skin is excised and the muscle is repositioned to where it should be. To remove large bags, I use the Transconjuctival procedure, which is optimal for someone with the excess fat that causes bulges in the lower eyelid. A small incision is made inside the lower eyelid, and the fat is delicately removed. This is the safest of the lower eyelid options: No stitching is required and the healing occurs quickly.
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