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Eyelid Surgery

Droopy eyelids may make you look tired or sad, or older than you feel. Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Pincus can give your heavy-lidded eyes a lift at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery on Long Island with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), an outpatient procedure that removes excess skin, muscle, and fat from eyelids.

If you've been considering eyelid surgery in New York City or Long Island, request a free consultation with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus, or call our office at (631) 424-3600 to schedule an appointment.

Before & After Eyelid Surgery


This woman had blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to rejuvenate her eye area. For additional eyelid surgery patient photos, visit our photo gallery.
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

The Consultation

Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular procedures we perform. Your consultation with Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus is an important time to discuss your cosmetic goals and your expectations for the surgery. Your surgeon will answer your questions and do a thorough facial examination. At the same time, he may also suggest either alternative or additional cosmetic procedures, such as a forehead lift.

Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus will also explain the procedure in detail, including:

  • Where incisions will be made
  • How your skin will be removed and then draped
  • Your potential results after recovery

The Procedure

Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that can yield very rewarding results for both the upper and lower eyelids. Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Pincus possess the experience and training needed for this procedure, which, for the upper eyelid area, involves making incisions inside the creases of your eyelids to trim sagging skin and muscle and remove excess fat. After the excess tissue is removed, the skin is joined with tiny stitches.

Men and women with bags under their eyes may choose to have lower blepharoplasty, which can be performed with the upper lid procedure or on its own. This option removes fatty deposits and tightens the skin. Blepharoplasty is performed using light anesthesia and can take about 1 to 2 hours.

Recovery & Results

Patients typically experience minimal discomfort after eyelid surgery. Expect some blurred vision when you wake up from the procedure. Your eyes may be initially sensitive to sunlight and wind. Most patients find non-prescription medication is all they need to relieve any pain. It is common to have some swelling or bruising, which may last for 7 to 10 days. You should avoid strenuous activity during the first week after the procedure. The few stitches used, are usually removed 3 to 5 days later. Patients who wear contact lenses can resume using them after 1 week.

Eyelid surgery is popular because of how good the results can be. Scars are mostly hidden in the folds of the eyelid, and the more alert, rested look will likely last for years, if not a lifetime.

Common Questions

Can I have an eyelid lift if I have already had LASIK (laser vision correction)?

Generally yes. However, it is recommended to wait at least 6 months after having laser vision correction before undergoing blepharoplasty. This is because laser vision correction can lead to dryness of the surface of the eyes, which improves after several months. An eyelid lift should only be done when the surface of the eyes is at its optimal condition.

Should I have eyelid surgery or a brow lift?

Sometimes blepharoplasty isn't the best approach for patients who are concerned about the appearance of their eyelids. In some cases, it's not excess skin in the eyelids so much as the eyebrows that have lowered over time, causing the droopy look. Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus can guide you on which procedure will be best for you.

Does eyelid surgery improve the appearance of crow's feet?

Blepharoplasty addresses the sagging tissue and fat around your eyes, but it doesn't reduce wrinkling or fine lines. Non-surgical treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic combined with quality skincare products are the best way to reduce crow's feet and other fine lines around your eyes.

For more answers to other common questions about eyelid surgery, visit our Eyelid Surgery FAQ page.

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