The eyes are usually the first thing anyone looks at when they’re really trying to see a person for who they are. Our eyes are said to be the windows to our souls, the truest expression of our inner beauty. To some, the eyes are the most coveted feature on a person’s face. We wear clothes and accessories to “bring out the eyes” because we know how that can elevate one’s appearance from merely presentable to rather stunning.
There isn’t much that hasn’t already been written about the eyes, but for all that’s been said, it’s only recently that we’ve been able to do something for them besides hiding them when they betray us. Eyes are the first and foremost barometers we have for gauging other people, and they’re also one of the first to misrepresent us as we age. As time passes, they lose their expressivity, they develop “bags,” and they make us appear tired and lackluster at times when we may feel exactly the opposite.
So what can we do to remedy aging eyes, remove the bags, and restore their natural beauty? The technical term is lower blepharoplasty—or lower eyelid surgery—and NYC men and women often choose it because it’s a minimally invasive procedure for aesthetic modifications of the skin and “bags” under the eyes.
How do they do lower eyelid surgery?
Our patients often ask this question. There are two methods of lower eyelid surgery that Dr. Konstantin offers at his practice. Both are most commonly done under local anesthesia with mild sedation.
The first is what’s called transconjunctival, which takes place inside the lower eyelid, leaving no external marks. This method is recommended for eyes in the earlier stages of aging when the skin is still mostly taut and doesn’t require lifting in addition to the removal of fat.
The second method, which is recommended for more advanced stages of aging, is called subciliary. This method requires a small incision underneath the lower eyelash. It is extremely effective at both removing fat to reduce the appearance of bags and pulling the loose skin back, resulting in younger, more refreshed looking eyes in typically less than an hour.
You can learn more about each step of the procedure from The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
How long is recovery from blepharoplasty?
Recovery for either lower eyelid surgery method usually takes about one week. Check out our related blog post for tips for a smooth blepharoplasty recovery.
What is the average cost of lower blepharoplasty?
The cost of lower eyelid surgery is somewhat similar, no matter the method you choose to undergo. In general, blepharoplasty usually ranges from $3,000 to $6,000, but it may cost more for those who have both upper and lower eyelid surgery. If you combine your lower blepharoplasty with a facelift or other facial plastic surgery, your price will also rise.
If you’ve noticed that your eyes don’t quite reflect the way you feel on the inside, or if you just don’t need them always to be giving you away, blepharoplasty may be just the thing you’ve been looking for. Browse through our patients’ blepharoplasty before-and-after photos to see how dramatically the surgery changes their appearance.
Contact us online or call us at (212) 380-3634 to schedule your eyelid surgery consultation with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Konstantin at his Manhattan, NYC practice and find out why it’s never too late, and sometimes never too early, to benefit from the effects of facial rejuvenation.