Eyelid Surgery

Alfred Sofer, MD

Plastic Surgery located in Fairfield, CT and serving patients in Scarsdale, White plains, Stamford, New York City, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, and Westport.

If your upper or lower eyelids make you look tired or old, eyelid surgery can be a major game-changer. At his offices in Fairfield, Connecticut, and White Plains, New York, award-winning plastic surgeon Alfred Sofer, MD, can expertly remove and reposition the extra skin on your eyelids for a more youthful and rested look. To learn more about eyelid surgery, book a consultation on the website or over the phone today.

Eyelid Surgery Q & A

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure that removes extra skin and fat and repositions eyelids. Depending on your needs, you can have upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both. 

Usually, Dr. Sofer performs eyelid surgery while you're under local anesthesia for the upper eyelid, which means you're awake but not in any pain. Alternatively, you'll likely be under general anesthesia if you have surgery on both upper and lower eyelids, which means you'll be asleep during the procedure.

Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if any of the following are true.

  • Your eyelids droop to make you look sleepy
  • Your eyes always look half-closed
  • Drooping lids interfere with vision
  • You have bags under your eyes
  • You look older than you feel because of your eyes

Eyelid surgery can greatly enhance your appearance, making you look years younger. It can also make you feel more confident, more comfortable, and overall happier with your looks. Dr. Sofer can help you decide whether eyelid surgery is the right choice for you.

How does eyelid surgery work?

Before surgery, Dr. Sofer schedules a consultation to understand your specific concerns. From there, he creates your custom surgery plan. On the day of your procedure, you'll be administered general or local anesthetic depending on whether you're having upper or lower eyelid surgery — the procedure varies slightly between the two.

Upper eyelid

Dr. Sofer cuts along the eyelid fold and removes excess skin and fat before suturing the cut.

Lower eyelid

Dr. Sofer makes an incision just below the lashes or inside the lower lid. He repositions excess fat contributing to bulging or sagging, and then sutures the cut.

Eyelid surgery takes between 20 minutes and two hours, depending on your treatment plan.

How long is recovery after eyelid surgery?

You can expect to have bruising and swelling for around two weeks after your eyelid surgery. You'll need to keep your head elevated and use cold compresses for the first few days. Because Dr. Sofer carefully places your incisions in your natural eyelid creases, your scarring is minimal and won't be noticeable after a few months.

Interested in rejuvenating your eyelids? Use the online booking tool or call the office of Alfred Sofer, MD, to schedule your eyelid surgery consultation today.