Eyelid Surgery

Could You Benefit From Eyelid Surgery?

Have you noticed dark circles under your eyes, even after a good night’s rest? Do others ask you why you look sad, even though you are happy? Do you look in the mirror and feel as though the condition of your eyes ages you?

If you feel this way, it is not your fault! As we age, the effects of gravity, overexposure to the sun and constant exposure to pollution can cause “bags” to develop under the eyes. Over time, skin loses elasticity and volume, and fat falls or becomes displaced, causing the upper and/or lower eyelids to droop. Simply inheriting certain hereditary traits can also negatively affect the look of your eyes.

If you are tired of your eyes making you look tired, Northern New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Erwin Bulan can help! He proudly serves the needs of patients throughout Morris, Essex and Union County, NJ.

At Bulan Plastic Surgery, we understand that your eyes are one of the first things that other people notice about you. That is why we want to help you look happy, rejuvenated and ready to tackle each day, with eyelid surgery.

What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is an outpatient procedure, which Dr. Bulan performs in about two hours, depending on the intricacy of your situation, the amount of tissue removed and if you have opted to undergo any additional cosmetic procedures at the same time. Dr. Bulan can treat the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both with this surgical procedure.

Prior to beginning eyelid surgery, you will receive either general or local anesthesia so you do not experience any discomfort during the procedure.

If you have chosen to treat your upper eyelids, Dr. Bulan addresses that area first. He makes an incision on the natural crease of each upper eyelid. He then removes any excess fat, skin or other tissue from the area. Dr. Bulan closes the incision with stitches, surgical tape or skin adhesive. Any scarring caused by the incision should become nearly imperceptible as the treated area heals.

If you have chosen to treat your lower eyelids, Dr. Bulan addresses those next. The plastic surgeon positions this incision either directly inside the bottom eyelid or directly beneath the bottom eyelashes. Again, he removes any excess fat, skin or other tissue from the area. He closes the incision with stitches, surgical tape or skin adhesive.

During consultation, Dr. Bulan may recommend additional cosmetic procedures to complement eyelid surgery, so you get the best aesthetic results possible. For instance, nonsurgical BOTOX injection treatment, facelift surgery, brow lift or nose surgery may enhance your results.

What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery

Once the effects of the anesthesia have subsided, you will be released into the care of an authorized individual. Be sure to keep any bandages that you see in place for as long as Dr. Bulan advises.

You may notice that the treated area is bruised or swollen. Do not be alarmed! These symptoms are normal and typically diminish within two to three weeks. You may also experience mild pain or discomfort after eyelid surgery. To alleviate discomfort, apply ice packs and take any oral pain reliever that Dr. Bulan has recommended.

You should plan to take 1-2 weeks off from work or your normal routine. Rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous activity. It is very important that you wear dark sunglasses until your eyes are fully healed to protect them from the sun. For optimal results and to minimize the risk of surgical complications, follow all of Dr. Bulan’s instructions regarding pre- and post-operative care closely.

Wake Up Looking Revitalized!

The sooner you reach out to Dr. Bulan, the sooner you can wake up looking revitalized — and perhaps years younger! To schedule a personal consultation to learn about how eyelid surgery may benefit you, please contact Dr. Bulan at Bulan Plastic Surgery by calling (973) 467-9744 today.