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Eyelid Surgery In Essex County, New Jersey

Also Offering Eyelid Lift for Morris & Union Counties

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, in Essex County, 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.

How During Eyelid Surgery Works

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.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

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.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

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.

Who is a Candidate for Blepharoplasty

Many Northern New Jersey patients have asked Dr. Bulan how he knows who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery and who is not. If you are interested in eyelid surgery, are generally in good health and are not a smoker, you may qualify for this cosmetic procedure if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Loose upper eyelid skin that makes it difficult to see
  • Signs of aging around the eyes
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Fine lines or wrinkles around the lower eyelid
  • Under-eye bags
  • Dark circles under the eye
  • “Hooded” upper eyelids

If you are interested in eyelid surgery and/or have questions about the procedure, we encourage you to contact the office of Dr. Bulan today to schedule a consultation.


For upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Bulan makes an incision along the upper eyelid’s natural crease. Through this cut, he removes unwanted fat and extra skin that amasses above the eye. The procedure takes about 45 minutes for both eyes, and the incisions are sutured upon completion.

For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Bulan places the incision beneath the lower lash line where it can be more easily concealed. He then pulls out unwanted fat cells and loose skin and tightens the skin and muscles to restore fullness. This procedure can take about an hour and a half for both eyes, at which point Dr. Bulan closes the incision with sutures.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

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.


Eyelid Surgery in Essex County, New JerseyThe results achieved with upper blepharoplasty typically last about seven years. While eyelid surgery reverses the signs of aging, it cannot stop aging altogether, so the procedure would need to be repeated in the future to maintain the results. As for lower blepharoplasty, the results are generally permanent — so long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of your skin, you should enjoy the benefits of the surgery for a lifetime.

One of the main reasons Dr. Bulan’s patients love their eyelid surgery results is that many of their friends have trouble recognizing that they underwent plastic surgery at all. Instead, they notice a happier less-tired appearance. With this procedure, the physical transformation does not need to be overly dramatic to leave a lasting impression.



Believe it or not, blepharoplasty is the second most common cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. The eyes are often a key indicator of a person’s age, so it makes sense that patients want to pull back signs of aging around their eyes. It is popular among men and women alike.


Although some patients will choose to have both procedures performed at once, these are actually two distinct surgeries. Upper eyelid surgery is appropriate for removing heavy, sagging skin on the brow that ages the face. Lower eyelid surgery primarily targets the bags and wrinkles beneath the eye to make a patient appear more rested.

If you would like to rejuvenate your face, Dr. Bulan can discuss the merits of both procedures to help you determine if either sounds right for you.


While most people choose eyelid surgery for cosmetic purposes, some patients may find that their eyelids droop over the eyes to an extent that impairs their sight. In these cases, upper eyelid surgery can remove skin to return the eyelid to its normal position and restore a wider range of vision.


Blepharoplasty in Northern New Jersey  Successful upper and lower eyelid surgery requires both a delicate touch and advanced technique; Dr. Bulan has a proven track record of achieving rejuvenated, natural-looking eyes. In addition to being a skilled surgeon, he has a nuanced understanding of ethnic differences in eyelids, so he can help patients of different backgrounds achieve results that are appealing to them.

How to Schedule a Blepharoplasty Procedure

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.