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Introduction to Eyelid Surgery

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Eyes are the windows to the soul. They express every ounce of our emotions and—in many cases—display how we are feeling to onlookers. We all know how it feels to have tired eyes or when a colleague states, “you look tired today.” Due to aging and genetics, some people have this feeling and appearance daily. That’s why Eyelid Surgery is such a popular treatment. The procedure performed by Dr. William Samson improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or in some cases, both. Fat, excess skin, bags, pouches, and wrinkles in the eyelid area can be removed to make the eyes and eyelids look more youthful and vibrant. It offers a rejuvenated appearance to the area surrounding your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.

Dr. William Samson is widely known for eyelid surgery in New York City. This page is dedicated to answering some of the most common questions about the popular procedure. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!

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Let’s start with the basics

What is Eyelid Surgery?

According to the most recent statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), eyelid surgery is among the top three most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the US. It can lead to phenomenal results for our patients, genuinely changing their lives. Blepharoplasty at William Samson MD aims to correct all drooping or puffy elements of your eyes with precision and care. Eyelid surgery procedure is often separated into either Upper Blepharoplasty or Lower Blepharoplasty. During surgery, Dr. William Samson will cut into the creases of the eyelids to trim sagging skin and muscle and remove excess fat. He then rejoins the skin with tiny dissolving stitches, leading to the eyes you’ve always dreamed of having.

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Upper Eyelid Surgery NYC

During Upper Eyelid surgery, the two main techniques are incisional and non-incisional. A non-incisional is a less invasive procedure that is normally performed on younger individuals who don’t have a lot of excess skin and fat. Dr. Samson will begin by carefully measuring and marking your eyelid where a series of tiny punctures will be made into the skin along the line. Sutures will then be placed through the punctures and tightened until they perform a good crease.

The incisional technique is typically done on older patients who have excess skin from loss of collagen and elastin. Dr. Samson will remove any excess skin, muscle, and fat necessary, then the incisions will be closed with tiny sutures that will either dissolve or be removed during your follow-up appointment.

Lower Eyelid Surgery NYC

If you are getting a Lower Blepharoplasty, there are also different approaches that Dr. Samson can use to meet your goals, however, they are primarily incisional techniques. He will remove the excess fat that is herniated, which is when the tissue structures and muscles supporting your eyelids weaken, or what many people refer to as “bags under the eyes”. This can be done with an incision on the outside to remove skin or inside the eyelid, depending on your particular anatomy.

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What are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?

When it comes to all Plastic Surgery, appearance is often the higher priority. Eyelid Surgery can help you look younger, happier, and more rested while also giving you more confidence. We enjoy explaining the benefits you stand to gain from Blepharoplasty, as the procedure reaches far beyond just positive aesthetics – and indeed can change a patient’s life in many ways. Benefits include:

  • Expanded line of sight for improved vision
  • Enhanced eye shape for a refreshed appearance
  • Reduced skin irritation from excess folds rubbing together
  • A more youthful and rested appearance
  • Removal of dark under-eye circles
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What to expect on the day of surgery

We start the day by ensuring our patients are as comfortable as possible. The procedure is usually performed in our office or a surgery center with local anesthesia and lasts forty-five minutes to a few hours, depending on the extent of the operation. Dr. Samson removes excess tissue through these incisions (in the creases of the upper lids and just below the lashes on the lower lids) and then stitches them closed with tiny sutures.

If no skin needs to be removed, Dr. William Samson will likely perform a Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid, and there are no visible scars. Please make sure you make arrangements with a friend or family member to accompany you on the day of your Blepharoplasty; this helps with your transportation to and from our New York City location.

What’s the First Step?

If you’re interested in getting Blepharoplasty in New York City, the best first step is to schedule a consultation. We understand the first step may feel like the hardest, but our experienced team at our New York office, led by Dr. William Samson, is here to tell you it is the easiest! After examination, Dr. Samson will discuss the possible methods of Blepharoplasty as well as the risks and benefits involved. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or express concerns about how the surgery can help. Clarity and comfort are something Dr. Samson strives for with each of his patients, and our team is here to provide the answers and clarity on all steps forward.

Who are the Best Candidates for Eyelid Surgery?

To understand if you are the right kind of candidate for Blepharoplasty with Dr. William Samson, you must ask yourself; are you tired of puffy, baggy eyes? This procedure may be perfect for you if the answer is yes. The average age of patients seeking lower eyelid surgery is mid-thirties; for upper Eyelid Surgery, patients are typically forty or older. Younger patients seek under-eye surgery to get rid of lower eyelid “bags” and “dark circles,” which are hereditary traits. If you’re bothered by droopy, baggy eyelids, however, Eyelid Surgery may be appropriate at any age, depending on the circumstances. Each candidate is different, and Dr. William Samson aims to develop a successful plan for every kind of individual. If you find yourself dealing with any of the issues below you may be the perfect candidate:

  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
  • Loose or sagging skin of the upper eyelid can even impair vision
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris
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Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Relaxation is highly advised when healing from this procedure. Stitches are removed after three or four days, and most people return to work in ten. You should be prepared to take time off to let your eyelids heal correctly; we can’t recommend it enough. Contact lenses may not be worn for two weeks after Blepharoplasty. Post-surgery, it is common for your eyelids to be puffy, as your incisions will emerge red, and the swelling and bruising may resemble that of a black eye; this is entirely normal. William Samson, MD, and our highly skilled team are here to answer any questions about the healing process. Once healed, the fantastic effects of Blepharoplasty can last for a long time and are sometimes even permanent.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in New York City?

The cost of eyelid surgery in New York City adjusts depending on various factors, and upper and lower procedures can vary. The most suitable way to understand the price of your procedure is to come in for a consultation and allow Dr. William Samson to give you an examination and observe your best course of action. Our practice does provide financing through Alphaeon which can help ease the payment process. Please ask about this during your consultation. We look forward to helping you understand the costs involved and showing you the clear path to the more youthful face you deserve.

Why choose us?

Eyelid Surgery Expert

There is a reason that William Samson, MD, is a top destination for Plastic Surgery in one of the most incredible cities in the world. Much of our bookings are led by his reputation, as professional skills are unparalleled throughout the New York City area. Dr. Samson is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Recently, Dr. Samson was elected as an NYC Top Doc by Castle Connolly.

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Schedule a Consultation

There are many ways this necessary surgery can positively impact your life, and we look forward to beginning the journey with you. The path begins with a consultation, and our skilled team is here to make it a reality. You no longer have to deal with the physical and mental discomforts of aging or genetics. Request a consultation through our website, and one of our team members will quickly get in touch with you, or call us today at 646-956-3493.

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Is Eyelid Surgery painful?

Pain is a subject we take very seriously and often a question we get from every one of our patients. The surgery is done using anesthesia, so there will be no pain. During the surgery, Dr. Samson uses tiny, superficial incisions to minimize the risk of any pain, bruising, discoloration, or pain following your surgery.  Aside from minimal discomfort on the day, you'll quickly recover and see the results swiftly. You may experience minor discomfort due to the swelling; this swelling pain is reported as typically mild to moderate, lasting for up to seven days. Dr. Samson uses special precautions to ensure every Eyelid Surgery patient has a painless, comfortable, and positive experience. 

How many appointments will I need?

It’s common for patients to return a week after surgery for Dr. Samson to provide an assessment of how they are healing. Other follow-up appointments will be discussed with our patient coordinator before and after your surgery. 

How long until I see results?

We understand the eagerness to see the results, but with every procedure, the time to heal is just as important as the surgery. The results of this procedure can be apparent immediately, but it can take up to six weeks to see the final results. How soon your final results become apparent depends on several factors, including how well you follow the post-operative care instructions that Dr. Samson provides.  We advise protecting your eyes from sunlight and other elements within this healing time. Wear dark sunglasses that cover your eyes from the sides and a hat to block the sun. Sunscreen is also essential in your recovery time. These are factors that will help you achieve your optimal results.

Can I combine Eyelid Surgery with other procedures?

Because this specific procedure is so popular, we find that patients strive to combine Eyelid Surgery with other procedures. Most of our satisfied patients considering having Blepharoplasty also seek to combine it with different Aesthetic Procedures/Services, such as injectables, laser treatments,  a Facelift, or a Brow Lift. Any questions about combining procedures at William Samson, MD can be directed toward our team in a consultation.

What are the risks associated with Eyelid Surgery?

The topic of risks will be thoroughly discussed before your consent. It would be best if you addressed all your questions directly with our team. The degree of risk with eyelid surgery will depend on several factors, including whether the procedure is to a small or large area of tissue and the overall health of the person having the procedure. Some procedures carry specific risks, but general risks with Eyelid Surgery include: 
  • Bleeding from the incision lines
  • Changes in skin sensation or numbness of the eyelashes
  • Difficulty closing your eyes
  • Dryness to the eyes
  • Ectropion (outward rolling of the lower eyelid)
  • Infection
*Dr. William Samson aims to minimize all the risks related to your procedures, as every single one of our patients is a top priority for success and safety. 

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Dr. Samson is amazing! I lost about 100 pounds and over the past year he has performed 3 surgical procedures to remove excess skin and transform my body!

– Lisa

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I opted to have a breast reduction 5 months ago with Dr. Samson and I must say the results and experience have been amazing.

– Moniefia

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Dr. Samson and his team treat patients with deep respect, thoughtfulness, honesty, attention to detail and great skill, all combined leading to excellent results.

– Phoebe





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