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The eyes communicate our deepest emotions, from joy and excitement to anguish and sorrow. They also convey the fact that we may be aging, as sagging skin, wrinkles and heavy under-eye bags slowly mar a once youthful appearance. Fortunately, these imperfections can be easily reduced through the miracle of blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery in New York. This widely popular procedure helps skin laxity, reduces fat deposits and puffiness around the eyes, and can even help improve impaired vision.

In the hands of a talented cosmetic surgeon, Manhattan eyelid surgery clients can expect a complete transformation of the entire face, with renewed vitality and increased natural beauty. Furthermore, patients that have elected to undergo a browlift, facelift or skin resurfacing will find that blepharoplasty is the perfect complement to these age-defying procedures.

Why should clients choose

As a double board-certified plastic surgeon specializing exclusively in the head and neck regions of the body, Dr. Kwak has elevated NYC blepharoplasty to what some truly consider an art form.

During the initial consultation, he employs a complex comprehensive analysis of each client’s eyes and face, creating a highly customized roadmap towards a successful, age-reversing outcome. The consultation is the perfect time to share with the doctor all your concerns and wishes for your procedure so that he may adjust accordingly. Assessing your medical history is also part of the in-depth consultation process. Be advised that Dr. Kwak may refer you to an eye doctor prior to cosmetic surgery if you suffer from any serious eye conditions. He strives to provide the utmost attention to our clients coming in for eyelid surgery in NYC.

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The Blepharoplasty technique

Eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery is generally performed under local anesthesia with sedation, or under general anesthesia. The entire procedure takes no more than 2 hours.

Upper lids

During upper lid surgery, a minute, inconspicuous incision is made in the eyelid crease through which excess fat and skin folds may be eliminated. Eyelid muscles may also be tightened, combatting droopiness. This is also the method that is used on Dr. Kwak's Manhattan patients when performing eyelid surgery to address vision loss related to sagging lids that droop over the lashes. In addition to vision correction, upper eyelid surgery patients can enjoy a more alert, rejuvenated appearance that does wonders for self-confidence.

Lower lids

The lower lids are most often the site of unwanted fat deposits. These can be removed through mostly invisible incisions made just inside the lower lid, which then heal naturally after the sutures are removed. In cases of excess bagginess and lower lid sagging, incisions may be made beneath the lower lashes, but these are still largely undetectable. The result is a smoother, tighter and more attractive appearance around the eyes, projecting youthfulness and a relaxed, well-rested countenance.

Benefits of a Blepharoplasty

Any of the following can be resolved with eyelid surgery:

  • Loose skin on the upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Excess skin around the eyes
  • Wrinkles on the lower eyelid
  • Aesthetic adjustments to the eyelids

Preparing for the Procedure

To prepare for the procedure, you will need to meet with our plastic surgeon and discuss your expectations. The night before your surgery, you should eat only a light meal. If you have any essential medications that you usually take in the morning, this will be discussed prior to your surgery.

You will need to make sure you have someone available to transport you from your surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself. This person may also need to help you on the first day you are home, so you are able to rest after your procedure.

During a Blepharoplasty

During the procedure, you will be administered either a general or a local anesthesia, depending on your needs and the extent of the procedure to be performed. Your doctor will make small incisions in the eyelid region to lift and resculpt your eyelids to create a more youthful look. Once the eyelids have been lifted and the excess skin removed, the incisions are carefully closed with tiny stitches.

The procedure can take from one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgical work that needs to be done on in your case.

Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?

Candidates for eyelid surgery should be in good general health. Many people want the procedure to look younger, but this is not the only purpose patients undergo eyelid surgery – some patients are experiencing vision problems because of excess drooping eyelid skin. In these cases, health insurance may cover some or all the cost of the procedure, depending upon your provider and plan.

Does eyelid surgery leave scars?

Any time you have a surgical procedure that involves incisions, there is potential for scarring. To help reduce the risk of visible scars, our plastic surgeon performs the surgery with extreme care. Upper eyelid incisions are placed in the natural crease of the eyelid, so the incision is hidden and virtually invisible once healed. Lower eyelid incisions are made just below the lower lash line or from the inside of the lower lid structure.

Our goal is always to minimize your scarring and help you have the smoothest recovery possible. Having the procedure performed by our skilled plastic surgeon can help ensure that your procedure is performed correctly and creates natural-looking result.


Patients usually take seven to ten days to heal prior to returning to their usual activities. Plan to take some time off work to rest and recover.

After the procedure, it is not uncommon to experience some bruising and swelling. A cold compress helps to reduce these problems. The tiny stitches will be removed in a follow-up appointment. The recovery time after an eyelid surgery is generally brief and does not involve significant pain or discomfort.

Recovery from blepharoplasty

Our Manhattan Blepharoplasty patients can expect a speedy and pleasant recovery, thanks to Dr. Kwak’s precise, superior surgical methods. Minor bruising and swelling may persist for up to two weeks, but these are generally short-lived. Dr. Kwak may prescribe ointments or drops to assist with the healing process, and a cold compress may periodically be placed across the eye area. Patients should avoid wearing contact lenses for up to two weeks, and eye makeup can be resumed within the same time frame. Sutures may be removed within one week after surgery, and clients can expect a return to exercise and normal activity within around 10 days. As always, Dr. Kwak and his caring, expertly trained staff will be on hand throughout the recovery process to address any concerns you may have and to assist you should you encounter any discomfort. You can trust Dr. Kwak and his staff offer among the best care during & post eyelid surgery New York has to offer.

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Choosing the right surgeon for eyelid surgery

One of the most important aspects of eyelid surgery is the hands of the plastic surgeon. For a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance that appears natural, it is imperative that eyelid surgery is performed with great precision. Dr. Edward S. Kwak is recognized for his excellence in facial surgery and can be trusted to produce a natural-looking result.

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