The delicate eyelid skin is the thinnest in our body and often the first to show visible signs of aging. These signs vary depending on the individual, including eyelid hooding and heaviness, crepey skin, and atrophy of the youthful upper eyelid fat. These changes make the eyes appear droopy and tired, make it difficult to apply makeup, hide eyelashes, or affect vision. Bulging fat pockets cause eyelid bags and puffiness, while skin discoloration and volume loss cause dark circles under the eyes. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to improve upon these changes, including eyelid surgery in Fairfield, CT.

What is a blepharoplasty? 

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure that tightens sagging skin on or around the eyelids to achieve a more youthful, lifted appearance, resulting in larger-looking, more appealing eyes. 

Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both can be addressed during the same procedure. 

Who is a Candidate for Under Eye Filler and Why?

Who is a Candidate for Under Eye Filler and Why?

The Latest Surgical Techniques

In the past, patients undergoing upper eyelid surgery had the skin, muscle, and fat removed automatically. This led to a hollowed and skeletonized appearance as the patient continued to age.

In more recent years, our understanding of facial aging led to a shift in our approach to preserve fullness and restore volume in the eyelids and the surrounding areas (eyebrows, temples, and cheeks).

In the lower eyelid, smooth skin with shallow tear troughs, no distinct eyelid-cheek separation, and full cheeks define a youthful face. A well-rounded approach by an expert in eyelid procedures is required to address current eyelid problems and also maintain a healthy appearance as the patient continues to age. An experienced eyelid surgeon in Fairfield CT, like Dr. Levin, understands what a youthful, beautiful eyelid looks like and can assess the individual needs of each patient. For more information, please call us today.

What Are the Options?

Botox and Fillers

Neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport can address forehead wrinkles, wrinkles between the eyebrows, and laugh lines (crow’s feet). In addition, precise placement can accomplish a subtle brow lift where the eyebrows are raised and contoured for a more relaxed and rejuvenated appearance. Precise placement of a hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane in the lower or upper eyelids can restore lost volume and create a fuller, more youthful eyelid appearance. Filler can also improve the appearance of dark circles and lower eyelid bags, improving the tired look.

Eyelid Lift 

When non-surgical treatments are not an option, a blepharoplasty in Fairfield CT may be the procedure of choice. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a relatively straightforward procedure that usually takes under one hour and is performed in the office under local anesthesia. It’s a delicate surgery, which requires a unique understanding of the eyelid anatomy and a specialist to attain the desired and natural results. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is performed to address the lower eyelid bags, dark circles, and loose skin. This can be done alone or combined with an upper eye lift.

Before & After Eyelid Filler

Who Is a Candidate for Botox and Filler?

The key to success and patient satisfaction with their treatment results is careful patient selection. Not everyone is a candidate for non-surgical corrections. While Botox can help most patients with forehead wrinkles, in some, it can make the eyelids feel heavier than before treatment. The best candidates for under-eye filler are younger patients with excellent skin tone, hollowness, and none or minimal under-eye bags. A consultation with an expert like Dr. Flora Levin can help determine the proper treatment to achieve the best results for you.

Who Is a Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?

An ideal candidate for an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is someone who feels that their eyelid skin is more hooded or is sagging over. There is no “ideal” age for this as some notice even minor changes and would like to have this addressed earlier in their life, while others wait until it's more significant. Candidates may also have some element of drooping eyebrows, which can push the eyelid skin down further.

Although this is a minimally invasive procedure, it is still surgical, and patients should be in good overall health. There are very few contraindications to this surgery, but someone with untreated and/or severe dry eyes should be more careful as the surgery can exacerbate that condition. During your consultation with Dr. Levin, she can discuss your treatment options and determine if an eyelid surgery in Fairfield, CT is right for you.

Benefits of eyelid rejuvenation

An eyelid lift achieved with blepharoplasty provides many benefits for patients who are dealing with sagging eyelid skin and wrinkles. Benefits from eyelid surgery include the following:

  • A rejuvenated, refreshed appearance
  • Eyes appear larger and more appealing
  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes 
  • Smoother under-eye area–reduced eye bags and under-eye puffiness 
  • Improved field of vision
  • Skin irritation from the rubbing of excess folds of eyelid skin is eliminated
  • A fuller contour beneath the lower eyelids–reduced under-eye circles
  • Natural-looking results 

Your Consultation With Dr. Flora Levin

The first step in your eyelid rejuvenation process is a consultation with Dr. Levin. As a nationally and internationally- recognized board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, she has performed thousands of eyelid rejuvenation procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical. She specializes in creating results that look natural while still meeting your desired cosmetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Levin will give you honest and thoughtful advice about your options and give you her recommendations around eyelid surgery in Fairfield, CT.

How to prepare before your eyelid surgery

Dr. Levin will provide a list of medications to avoid prior to your eyelid surgery. These will include aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins, or other supplements. Prepare for your recovery period after eyelid surgery by arranging for a friend or family member to drive you home once the procedure is complete, and to help you during the first day of your recovery.

Results and recovery from a blepharoplasty

After your blepharoplasty, you will need about a week off from work while you recover and recuperate. Expect some swelling and bruising. This will diminish after the first few days, and continue to fade slowly over the next week or so. Sleep on your back for 1-2 weeks to help minimize swelling and to support the healing process, and avoid significant sun exposure. 

Wait for 10-14 days before you wear your contacts again. You may wear glasses as soon as the day after your surgery. After 2-4 weeks, once you’re fully healed, you can participate in strenuous exercise again. 

What are the risks of eyelid surgery? 

Eyelid surgery has a 90% success rate. However, as any surgery does, blepharoplasty carries risks. These include bleeding, infection, blood clots, scarring, anesthesia risks, problems with the eyelids, or other unfavorable outcomes, such as asymmetry, dry eyes, or a downward pulling of the lower eyelids.

Visit Our Office for Your Appointment

Dr. Flora Levin, an eyelid surgeon in Fairfield, CT, as well as Westport, Norwalk, Fairfield,  and the rest of CT, as well as the tri-state area, proudly provides the best eyelid rejuvenation surgery options. If you’re interested in learning about your options for eyelid rejuvenation, contact our office to schedule your consultation. We look forward to meeting you!

Our Patient Reviews

Dr. Levin is an excellent doctor. I received Botox injections and fillers under my eyes, cheeks and temples. She was very thorough and took her time explaining and answering all my questions. The wrinkles were smoothed and my entire face looks much more youthful and rested. I would absolutely without hesitation recommend Dr. Levin to all my friends. The results are amazing.

I had surgery with Dr. Levin for droopy eyelids. From the first to the last appointment I felt as if I was her only patient. She spent as much time with me as needed, answered all my questions and alleviated all my concerns. The surgery went very well, and I’m very happy with the results. Everything you would want from a doctor! Highly recommend.

Saw doctor Flora Levin for a Botox consultation. She took her time explaining everything to me, and was very thorough. I scheduled the procedure, and was very happy with the results! She followed up within a week after the procedure to check, and make sure i got the results that i expected. Would highly recommend!

Dr. Levin is extremely knowledgeable in the field of cosmetic surgery and cosmetic rehabilitation. Her diagnosis is astute and her hands are gentle. She is most generous with her time. It is the patient and not the clock that comes first. I have already recommended Dr. Flora Levin to a great many colleagues.

Dr. Levin is an outstanding surgeon. She somehow takes the time to fully understand a patient's goals and expectations. My procedure was over two years ago and I still cant believe how good I look and feel! I would highly recommend her to anyone! PS I was told I look more like the sister of the bride rather than her mom! Thank you, Dr Levin!!!

“Dr. Levin was amazing! She answered all my concerns and thoroughly explained everything to me prior to the procedure and even though I was awake, Dr. Levin’s calm and reassuring presence made me feel perfectly at ease during the relatively painless procedure. My recovery went quickly and smoothly and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the cosmetic result. The change in my look is subtle and natural looking. I am so pleased I chose Dr. Levin to do my surgery. I look refreshed and awake now and I wish I had it done sooner!”

“Dr. Flora Levin is the most caring, professional doctor I have ever encountered. She preformed eyelid surgery on me, and she is a true perfectionist. I am always told how beautiful my eyes are. Thank you Dr. Levin. I think you are wonderful!!!”

Significant "smoker's lines" (I've never smoked a day in my life!) and "elevens," both from a life of expressiveness now come back to haunt me! Met Dr. Levin at Yale and followed to her office in Bridgeport. She's a "doctor's doctor" in my opinion, with brilliant knowledge, wonderful manner, patience and finesse in her work. Absolutely worth it!

Dr. Levin operated on me. I am an R.N. working with plastic surgeons. I was very picky regarding my choice of cosmetic, oculoplastic surgeons. She was the right choice. I couldn't be happier. The office staff was very helpful as well. The atmosphere was welcoming and professional. I would highly recommend Dr. Levin.

I am in awe of the artistry of her work and am ecstatic with the results of my surgeries. I felt very comfortable during my office visits because she spent the time with me. I also felt very comfortable during my recoveries. My face used to be crooked and now it is symmetrical. My eyes are no longer hooded and she has given me a wider field of vision. An unintended consequence is that I look years younger and the results are very natural. I am a very happy patient and I highly recommend Dr. Flora Levin without reservation.

Eyelid Surgery FAQs: 

How long will eyelid surgery results last?

How much recovery time is needed?

Will a blepharoplasty affect my vision?

Should I pair my blepharoplasty with other non-surgical treatments?

What is a good age for a blepharoplasty?

How long will eyelid surgery results last?

Lower eyelid surgery results are typically considered permanent. Upper eyelid surgery results last for 5-7 years.

How much recovery time is needed?

Most patients can return to sedentary work after one week. Expect a full recovery after 2-4 weeks.

Will a blepharoplasty affect my vision?

If sagging eyelid skin is impairing your vision, eyelid surgery can improve the field of vision.

Should I pair my blepharoplasty with other non-surgical treatments?

Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and/or a chemical peel can be paired with blepharoplasty to enhance results.

What is a good age for a blepharoplasty?

Younger patients can benefit from blepharoplasty, but patients are typically over the age of 30, as this is the age when eyelids start to droop.

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