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As we age, the delicate skin around our eyes can begin to show signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and puffiness. These changes can not only affect our appearance but also how we feel about ourselves. Dr. Jeffrey Wise is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, offering a refined approach to blepharoplasty, focusing on natural-looking results that enhance your overall facial harmony. 

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, is a procedure performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids to provide a more alert and rejuvenated appearance. Many of Dr. Wise’s patients seek this procedure to correct puffy bags and loose skin under the eyes, sagging skin on the upper eyelid, and fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Blepharoplasty with Dr. Wise can help you look refreshed, pleasantly naturally awake, and more youthful by removing excess skin to open the eyes or smoothing puffy bags and circles under the eyes.

Quick Facts

  • BOTOX or dermal fillers can help rejuvenate and refresh the area around the eyes
  • During lower eyelid surgery, fat grafting can be used to smooth sagging skin under the eyes or diminish under-eye circles
  • Upper eyelid surgery focuses on reducing excess skin that hangs over the eyes, causing a hooded appearance
  • Blepharoplasty is a very popular procedure–according to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, over 325,000 Americans had eyelid surgery in 2020
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BlepharoplastyBefore & After

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Patient Testimonial

“Very professional and friendly, well organized from consultation to post-op check-in. Dr. Wise gave honest and straightforward recommendations to improve my appearance. He makes you feel very confident and cared for. The recovery from rhinoplasty and eye lift was remarkably smooth and comfortable. The staff was so friendly and encouraging.”


How Does Blepharoplasty Help?

Removes Wrinkles

Tightening the skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids can automatically improve or reduce the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, commonly known as "crow’s feet."*

Brightens Tired Eyes

Puffy bags under the eyes and excess skin on the upper eyelids can make one look constantly tired or sad. Blepharoplasty can help patients appear more alert and express their true emotions.

Expands View

Sagging upper eyelid skin can make it difficult to see. The upper eyelid lift removes this excess skin to broaden the scope of patients’ vision.

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"I love my results. I had a brow lift and upper blepharoplasty. Dr. Wise and his office staff are just the sweetest. They will be seeing a lot of me :).. ssshh i been back 3 times already. They also follow proper Covid precautions."  Anonymous

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Your Consultation With Dr. Wise

  • Dr. Wise will listen to your concerns and goals for your upper and/or lower eyelid surgery.
  • He will examine you and make personalized recommendations to help rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes. He may recommend other procedures to complement the eyelid surgery so you can achieve your desired goals.
  • Dr. Wise will review any questions or concerns you may have regarding the surgical process to help you make an informed decision about having the procedure.
  • Dr. Wise will review with you many before and after photos of his blepharoplasty patients.

Blepharoplasty Procedure

  • Sedation anesthesia is used to keep patients pain-free.
  • Incisions and scars are well hidden within the eyelid crease and/or lash line.
  • In some cases, Dr. Wise can make lower lid incisions through the conjunctiva, which results in no visible scars.
  • Some patients opt to undergo other procedures at the same time, which rarely lengthens recovery time and can allow the patient to accomplish many goals with one surgery.

Blepharoplasty Recovery

  • Dr. Wise’s patients typically report little post-operative discomfort. However, medication may be prescribed by Dr. Wise if needed.
  • Generally, patients are back to themselves in less than one week since this procedure usually produces a minimal amount of bruising and swelling.*
  • Final results can be seen in as little as a few weeks to one month once all of the swelling subsides.*
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Should I Have an Upper Blepharoplasty or a Lower Blepharoplasty?

You may be wondering which procedure to have: an upper or lower blepharoplasty. They don’t treat the same issues and offer different results, so it’s important to distinguish the two procedures from one another.

  • Upper blepharoplasty: This procedure targets sagging, hooded upper eyelids for a refreshed, more alert appearance.
  • Lower blepharoplasty: It addresses under-eye bags and puffiness for a smoother, more youthful look.
  • Transconjunctival blepharoplasty: This technique is used during lower blepharoplasty. An incision is made inside the lower eyelid, which eliminates any visible scarring and achieves a very natural look.

For comprehensive rejuvenation, consider receiving both upper and lower blepharoplasty in NJ. This harmonized strategy ensures balanced results, addressing aging concerns across the entire eye area.

Who Is a Candidate for an Eyelid Lift in NJ?

Individuals suitable for Blepharoplasty in New Jersey meet the following criteria:

  • Concerned about sagging or excess skin around the eyes 
  • Have a desire for a refreshed and youthful eye contour
  • Experience puffiness or drooping eyelids that impact their vision or contribute to a fatigued appearance
  • In good general health
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How Can I Make My Eyes Look Younger Without Surgery?

While blepharoplasty is the most effective procedure for rejuvenating the eyes, there is a range of non-surgical treatments that can make your eyes look younger without requiring incisions.

Neurotoxins (wrinkle relaxers): These injectable treatments, such as BOTOX and Dysport, can help elevate the outer area of the eyebrows and soften wrinkles between the eyebrows.

Dermal fillers: Injectables can be used to fill the depression in the tear trough area or the hollows under the eyes. Fillers help achieve a smoother, more youthful transition from the lower eyelid to the cheek.

Chemical peels, microneedling, or laser treatments: Crepey skin and discoloration of the lower eyelid skin can be addressed with a chemical peel treatment, microneedling, or laser resurfacing treatments.

Blepharoplasty FAQs:

Answers to Common Questions

How much does blepharoplasty cost?

Is blepharoplasty covered by health insurance?

How long does blepharoplasty take?

Is blepharoplasty an outpatient procedure?

Are there any side-effects from blepharoplasty?

How much does blepharoplasty cost?

Pricing for blepharoplasty varies, depending on the complexity of the case, and whether the patient needs an upper blepharoplasty, a lower blepharoplasty, or both. Exact costs can be obtained in a personal consultation with Dr. Wise.

Is blepharoplasty covered by health insurance?

Blepharoplasty procedures are considered cosmetic, and as such, are not typically covered by health insurance.

How long does blepharoplasty take?

Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery typically takes two hours or less, but may take longer in certain fairly rare instances.

Is blepharoplasty an outpatient procedure?

Yes, eyelid surgery is most often done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. A designated friend or family member should be on call to drive you home.

Are there any side-effects from blepharoplasty?

Most patients will experience mild redness, swelling, and some bruising at the incision sites, and may be sensitive to harsh light. Cool compresses and keeping the head elevated helps reduce these. Some soreness should be expected for a few days.

Why Choose the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery?

At the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, we understand the impact that aging can have on the delicate skin around the eyes. Led by Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise, a double-board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 12,000 successful facial surgical procedures under his belt, our center offers a refined approach to eyelid surgery in NJ.

Dr. Wise's extensive Ivy-League training at prestigious institutions such as Yale, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania ensures that you receive the highest level of care and expertise. With a focus on patient comfort and safety, we utilize advanced, state-of-the-art equipment to minimize discomfort and recovery time while maximizing your results. Our goal is to have every patient leave feeling more confident than when they walked through our doors.

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