Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can rejuvenate the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. Upper eyelid surgery helps puffy, saggy, or tired-looking eyes, and can also improve the patient's field of vision. Patients who are bothered by eyes that look tired due to puffiness or bags, may consider lower eyelid surgery to reveal a more youthful and energetic appearance. Blepharoplasty can be combined with laser skin resurfacing to further reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow's feet, or dark circles under the eyes. Patients who are tired of puffy or droopy eyes, should schedule a consultation with award-winning eyelid expert, Dr. James Gordon. He has performed thousands of eyelid procedures and has a particular expertise in the handling of challenging & complex cases.
Dr. Gordon's Guide to Blepharoplasty
"Whenever I do anything serious, such as consider an operation like this, I do a ton of research. I spent days reviewing all the different plastic surgeons in Manhattan to figure out who would be best to do a potential blepharoplasty on my lower lids. I wanted someone with a ton of experience, recognized for excellence in their field, honest, and also someone young enough such that they still had great motor skills and a very precise hand. That search led me to Dr. James Gordon. I live in Brooklyn, but I went all the way out to Marmaroneck in Westchester to see him (not too bad actually, just take the train to Grand Central, then a 1 hour MTA train to Mamaroneck). Out of all the doctors, he was the only one that far, but I decided he was worth it, I honestly could not find one person who wasn't singing his praises. Here's what happened when I got there for the free consultation. He told me he wasn't going to do a blepharoplasty on me. And that was a pretty incredible thing to hear. Many doctors, just like other professions, have people who will try to upsell you, convince you that you need something more, or even make you feel bad about yourself so you consider something you don't need. Dr. Gordon was the opposite. I've always been self-conscious about dark circles under my eyes and wrinkles under them when I smile. He talked to me about this, told me surgery wasn't the way, suggested some other alternatives if I really wanted them, but even said "Hey, you don't even need "- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 29, 2015
"I'm sure some of you can relate to my story here. I am in my early 40s, but look like I'm approaching 50. Heavy and puffy eyelids, wrinkles all around my eyes were the main culprits (and most certainly, as a mother of 4 boys add years too). Finally, I am ready to give time back to myself and find a plastic surgeon with special expertise on eyes. Dr Gordon was the first doc I scheduled a consultation with. Of the 4 docs I contacted, his staff was the quickest to get back to me. Given my hectic schedule, I really appreciated how Dr Gordon's office tried to work out a time for me. My husband, who accompanied me to the consult, was very impressed with Dr Gordon's credentials, professionalism and bedside manner. We were treated like friends without any pressure. It's heartening to know that this award winning doc doesn't have airs, but want true care for his patients. Without waiting for the 2 other consults I had previous arranged for, I made the decision to go with Dr Gordon. It was like finding your soulmate, you know when you meet the right Doc. In fact, I couldn't wait for my scheduled surgery date (in 5 weeks' time) and asked for quick fixes with Botox. I'm loving the results and really look forward to my surgery day. I know this is the best gift I wanted for the past 10 Mother's Days."- H. / Wellness / Jun 15, 2015
"I really don't think there's a better doctor than Dr. Gordon out there. The day I met Dr. Gordon was one of my best days and decision of my life. Dr. Gordon literally "uplifted" me with upper and lower blepharoplasty, along with skin laser around the sensitive areas around my eyes. He is a master of the eyes who knows not just the anatomy well, but also understands the art of the aesthetic aspect. The outcome is amazing, better than I had expected. I do not look like I had eye surgery. Nothing was too obvious. Everything seems so natural. Because Dr. Gordon is also a trainer for other doctors, he was so skilled in the way he used laser around my eyes to remove my wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Most importantly, all the procedures were done within my budget without any pressure. Truly the best!"- K.F. / Google / May 07, 2015
"I'm writing this review about my experience having a lower lid blepheroplasty and laser skin resurfacing of my face with Dr. James Gordon. I'm so glad I chose this doctor for these procedures. I had no complications and the results were better than I had hoped for. The reason I looked into these procedures is because I've always had puffy lower eyelids, since I was a child. These bags got worse as I aged. During the year before I had the blepharoplasty done, people were always asking me if I was sick or tired. These comments were seriously like once a week, and it began to make me very self-conscience and depressed. I also was unhappy with the texture of the skin on my face. It seemed dull and uneven, with the beginning of sun spots and fine lines. I also had large pores and some scarring from acne. Dr. Gordon and his office are everything you look for in a medical practice. The office is well-run, modern, spacious and the staff are all friendly and accomodating. The payment and scheduling processes are clear and smooth. Dr. Gordon himself, has extensive expertise in these procedures and is very professional, yet friendly and personable. He takes time to address all of your concerns and explain the procedure, recovery and potential risks. I could tell he is genuinely concerned that his patients do well and have excellent, natural-looking results. Since my blepharoplasty and laser resurfacing, not one person has a made a comment to me that I look sick or tired. The bags are gone and my skin texture is smooth and even. I look better than I did years ago! I had these procedures a year ago and no negative comments like I used to get since!! To make things even better, people often thing I'm several years younger than I really:)) Finally, Dr. Gordon is still my go to doctor when I'm interested additional cosmetic procedures, such as lip enhancement. I wouldn't keep going back if the results weren't worth it!! Anyone who goes to Dr. Gordon will not be dissapointed, and I recommend him to friends and family all the time. You will love how you look after working with him!!:))"- N.A. / Google / Jul 11, 2015
"Eye Bag Problems Fixed After One Treatment!! - Mamaroneck, NY - Dr. James Gordon was very attentive, honest and extremely friendly. He was a true professional and gave me outstanding results!"- N. / RealSelf / Sep 21, 2015
Blepharoplasty Surgical Technique
Dr. Gordon may perform upper blepharoplasty at his surgical suite in his office or in his accredited surgical facility adjacent to his office building. Blepharoplasty entails the removal and/or repositioning of fat in the upper or lower eyelids with the removal of excess skin. Depending on the individual, local, IV and/or oral anesthesia will be administered to the patient. Incisions are meticulously made in the upper/lower eyelids as needed and closed with fine sutures to yield the most inconspicuous results.
Dr. Gordon begins by making small incisions in easily concealed areas, such as just below the lashes on the lower lids or through the back of the lower eyelid where the incisions are not visible. Dr. Gordon will then remove or reposition excess fat from the lower eyelids. Extra skin might be excised too, in order to tighten the skin and diminish wrinkles.
Blepharoplasty During/After Surgery
Surgery for upper or lower eyelids takes less than one hour. For upper and lower blepharoplasty, surgery is less than two hours. After the surgery, patients should expect to have swelling and bruising around their eyes for 7 – 10 days. Dr. Gordon advises patient to plan for 1 – 2 weeks of recovery and rest before resuming their normal activities. Patients should schedule a follow up appointment for 5 – 7 days after the procedure, when Dr. Gordon will remove the stitches and evaluate their healing. Once fully healed, the eyes will look younger and re-energized.
Blepharoplasty Expected Cost
Upper blepharoplasty costs about $5,400 and lower blepharoplasty costs about $5,900, including the facility fee for use of the operating room. Both upper and lower blepharoplasties performed together, it will cost about $9,100. If the blepharoplasty is needed for medical reasons, like improving the field of vision, health insurance may cover part of the cost. Lower eyelid surgery is not covered by insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,400 - $9,100
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 45m - 2h
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5-7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Out-Patient
Applying cold compresses following eyelid surgery can help to diminish bruising and swelling. In addition, tenderness after surgery is greatly reduced by cold compresses, so most patients require Tylenol or no pain medicine. Sleeping with head elevation (pillows or lazy chair) will decrease swelling as well. Some physicians and patients believe in products made with Arnica which might decrease bruising and swelling.
One or Both Eyelids?
Many patients only require one eyelid to be operated on or sometimes much less surgery to be performed on one lid compared to the other. The key is to produce a symmetric result.
Eyelid Vs. Brow Lift?
Eyelid surgery is typically safer, more predictable and cheaper than brow lifting procedures. Usually a low brow can be masked by a well performed eyelid surgery. The brow can even be lifted slightly through the incision of the lid surgery. True brow lifts from the hairline may result in asymmetry or a startled appearance.
Why Dr. Gordon?
One of the most critical decision of cosmetic eyelid surgery is the doctor’s judgment of where to place the pre-surgical marks on the skin. This determines where the incisions will be made. It requires an expert, experienced and artistic eye to ensure a pleasing result. If too much skin is removed, a disastrous appearance may result. The eyelids will look unnatural and may not be able to close well, resulting in dry eyes or eyelids that roll outward. Oculoplastic surgeons, like Dr. Gordon, are best trained in handling these complications and are particularly meticulous in avoiding such problems when they perform cosmetic eyelid procedures.