Eyelid Surgery Specialist

Michael Sternschein, M.D., PA, FACS -  - Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon

Michael Sternschein, M.D., PA, FACS

Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon located in Ridgewood, NJ

Your eyelids can droop as you age, making you look more tired and older than you are. Skilled cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Michael Sternschein, offers blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, to remove the excess fat and skin from around your eyes and brighten your appearance. If you live in Ridgewood, New Jersey or the surrounding area, call his office or book online to learn how eyelid surgery can improve the look of your whole face.

Eyelid Surgery Q & A

What causes the eyelids to droop?

Because the skin of the eyelid is thinner than other areas of your face, it’s one of the first areas to sag as you get older. Other factors that can accelerate this process include:

  • Sun damage
  • Smoking
  • Rubbing your eyes and stretching the skin
  • Obesity

What is a blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is the clinical term for eyelid surgery – the most popular cosmetic surgery next to rhinoplasty, or nose jobs. Both men and women are candidates for the procedure, which can tighten the muscles around the upper and lower eyelids and remove excess skin and fat.

Who is a candidate for eyelid surgery?

If people say you look tired all the time or you’re bothered by heavy, sagging skin or puffy bags around your eyes, consider eyelid surgery. In order to qualify, you should be in good health overall and have no serious medical eye conditions.

What happens during blepharoplasty?

Dr. Sternschein will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around your eye before the procedure. He will also give you a sedative which will make you feel sleepy. In some cases, general anesthesia may be the preferred method of sedation.

For the upper lids, Dr. Sternschein will make incisions along your eyelid creases, allowing any scars to be hidden naturally. He will then reposition fat and excess tissue before tightening the muscles, leaving your eye area looking more youthful and refreshed.

A similar approach is taken for the lower lids. In this part of the procedure, Dr. Sternschein will make an incision just below the lash line. He will then perform many of the same steps as he did on the upper lids.

The entire operation takes between 45 minutes and 2 hours, depending upon whether you’re having upper, lower, or both lids addressed.

What should I expect during recovery from eyelid surgery?

Right after surgery, Dr. Sternschein will have you apply cold compresses to your eyes for comfort and to decrease swelling. There are no dressings or bandages.

You will have some swelling, bruising, and slightly dry eyes following the procedure. However, proper care minimizes these conditions and they should resolve completely within a couple of weeks.

Most people can return to work after just four or five days, but you should refrain from strenuous activity for up to two weeks.

If you’re looking to lift heavy eyelids and resolve puffy bags, seek the expert skills provided by Dr. Michael Sternschein. Call his office or book a consultation online today.