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Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery or eyelid lift, blepharoplasty, also known as a “bleph” can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids.

The upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a procedure to

  • Remove excess, hanging skin covering the natural upper eyelid folds,

  • Eliminate upper eyelid puffiness.  

  • Look more rested and vibrant by

  • Reduce the appearance of tired, sagging skin.  

Our NJ Eyelid Surgery is performed by removing the excess skin and fat from the upper eyelid through an incision that is hidden in your natural skin crease.  

The lower eyelid blepharoplasty addresses

  • Puffiness,

  • Deep groves

  • Bags under your lower eyelids.  


This eyelid surgery NJ is performed by removal or rearrangement of fat, and elevation of soft tissues through an incision hidden just under the eyelashes.  Tightening of the lower eyelid may also be required, which is achieved through another NJ eyelid surgery procedure called a canthopexy that is sometimes performed with a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. For the best Blepharoplasty near you, contact the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery today.

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Is Eyelid Surgery Right For Me?

The best eyelid surgery candidates for blepharoplasty are otherwise healthy adults, who are nonsmokers, who have fullness or excess skin obscuring the natural fold of their upper eyelids, or who have the appearance of puffiness, deep groves or bags in their lower eyelids.  Your surgeon can help determine if eyelid surgery NJ is right for you, after careful examination of your eyelid anatomy and skin quality, and consideration of your individual eyelid goals.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is ideal for the correction of:

  • Puffy upper eyelids that give a swolen appearance
  • Bags beneth the eyes
  • Loose or sagging skin on your eyelids that may cause limited vision
  • Lower eyelids that sag which display the whites of the eyes below the iris
  • Treating and reducing wrinkles
  • Puffy lower eyelids that give a swolen appearance

Eyelid surgery is optimized by also improving the health, color and texture of your eyelid and facial skin through combined treatment with non-surgical facial rejuvenation therapies including skin care systems, injectable fillers, toxin therapy, and laser resurfacing.  

Before eyelid surgery NJ, you must notify your doctor if you have high blood pressure or cardiac disease, thyroid disease or glaucoma.

Ask the Doctor

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the length of eyelid surgery NJ?

The eyelid surgery time for an upper eyelid blepharoplasty usually takes between 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the patient’s anatomy, and the extent of correction needed.  This eyelid surgery is performed in a hospital or surgery center with sedation and local anesthetic. You will likely be discharged home the day of eyelid surgery in New Jersey.

The lower eyelid blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, usually takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on patient’s anatomy and extent of correction needed.  This eyelid surgery NJ is performed in a hospital or surgery center with sedation and local anesthetic. You will likely be discharged home the day of eyelid surgery in New Jersey.

What is the expected recovery time for eyelid surgery New Jersey?

Most New Jersey eyelid surgery patients are able to return to work within about 7 days.  You may begin light exercise at 2 weeks, while 6 weeks after eyelid surgery is required, before returning to strenuous activity or lifting.  Bruising may be present for up to 3 weeks. Eyelid surgery NJ patients are instructed to protect themselves from direct sun exposure for 1 year, and to wear sunscreen. Silicone therapy is additionally used, along with eyeid surgery NJ, to improve appearance of scars. You may begin using contact lenses at about 2 weeks after eyelid surgery NJ.

For an in depth consultation with Dr. Capuano about the best eyelid surgery NJ has to offer, contact the office of the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery at (201)820-5280. 

What are the common side effects of eyelid surgery?

Bruising and swelling of the eyelids, itching, burning and dry eyes, or tearing, temporary difficulty closing the eyelids, blurry vision or double vision can occur after eyelid surgery NJ.


Are there any surgical risks for eyelid surgery NJ?

Eyelid surgery NJ risks include bleeding, infection, hematoma, changes in skin sensation, scarring, damage to underlying structures, asymmetry, unsatisfactory results requiring additional surgery and blindness (rare).

Dr. Capuano, in NJ consistently achieves excellent eyelid surgery results with eyelid surgery.  He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he would be happy to discuss your eyelid surgery NJ options if you are thinking about a blepharoplasty.

Contact cosmetic surgeon Dr. Capuano for an eyelid surgery consultation at his NJ office today. 

How do I make an appointment for an eyelid surgery consultation in New Jersey?

For an in depth consultation with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Capuano about the best eyelid surgery procedure for you, contact the NJ office of the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery at (201) 820-5280.

What is it called when your eyes are misaligned?

Uneven height of eyes is called vertical orbital dystopia.  Orbital Dystopia usually occurs following trauma to the face resulting from fractures to the bones around the orbit which can change the volume or shape of the orbit allowing the eyeball to sink into the face or become more inferiorly displaced.  Typically this is corrected if you are symptomatic and are experiencing double vision.  

Please contact board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Aaron Capuano for a consultation in our NJ office to learn more about eyelid surgery.

Will I have bruising after eyelid surgery?

Most people have bruising post upper eyelid Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery. This can last even up to a month.  NJ plastic surgeon, Dr. Capuano helps speed along the bruising process by lasering the brusies if they seem to be troubling the patient.  It is also very important to refrain from drinking alcohol at least one week prior to surgery and not ingest anything that begins with the letter "G", garlic, ginseng, ginko biloba. Anything else that causes thinning of the blood like Aspirin should not be taken as well.  If you have any condition that you need to take thinners for it should be discussed with Dr. Capuano and your Primary Care physician whether or not it is safe for you to refrain from taking certain medications.

Should I change my makeup post blepharoplasty?

Yes, Dr. Capuano and staff recommend that our eyelid surgery patients replace their eyeshadow and mascara and any product that is used in your eye area that comes out of a vessel other then by being pumped.  We also recommend that you get new brushes, though if your eyelid brushes are costly, it is recommended to thoroughly wash them in hot water and Z.O's foamacleanse several times before re-using them on your eyelids.  This is to minimize the risk of introducing bacteria which can cause an infection and greatly reduce the cosmesis of the surgery.

What is the best treatment to address my lower eyelids?

The best approach for your lower eyelids depends on whether or not you’re interested in having surgery performed. Based on your photographs you look like an ideal candidate for a lower lid transconjunctival blepharoplasty with laser skin tightening and fat grafting to the tear trough and malar regions.  This removes or repositions the fat bulge in the lower lids above the orbital rim and replaces the fat at the eyelid-cheek junction.  Results from this surgery are expected to be long lasting, and correct the aging changes.  If you are not interested in surgery, the lower eyelid region can be  camouflaged with a combination of deep filler in the medial cheek, just above the bone and more superficial filler with low affinity for water, just under the skin in the tear trough area using a blunt cannula.  Filler along with laser tightening can improve this area, but results are more temporary. 

Is there an eyelid surgery which lifts droopy lower eyelids to eliminate scleral show below the irises? (I've included photos)

Thank you for your question. The pictures reveal that you have scleral show and the answer to your question is yes, there are several procedures available that will address your concerns. The most appropriate procedure can be determined by a thorough, in person clinical evaluation, looking specifically at the degree of laxity that exists in the lower eyelids and their relationship to the globe and orbital rims.  If your sclera show can be improved with either canthopexy or canthoplasty, then they would be my first choice. One word of caution if your function is good and you are just looking for cosmetic improvements in your lower eyelid appearance is that a tarsal strip procedure can result in narrowing of the distance between your medial and lateral canthus which can make your eyes look beady. Although it can tighten the lower lids the most, it may look worse than when you started.  I hope this helps. 

How do I know if I need a plastic surgeon or an oculoplastic surgeon/opthamologist?

Dr. Capuano is well-trained in the reconstruction of the entire body including the eyes.  Oculoplastic surgeons are specialists in the functioning of the eye and the areas around the eye.