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What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, addresses loose and droopy excess skin on the upper lids that makes eyes look hooded, fatigued, or even sad. Dr. Alizadeh's eyelid surgery in New York City can also address the lower eyelid, diminishing bags, dark circles or puffy skin that can cause you to look tired or older than you really are. Blepharoplasty rejuvenates the eye area and creates a younger, happier, and more refreshed aesthetic.

Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in NYC and Long Island, has developed a trademarked blepharoplasty technique, called NaturaLook™ Eyelid Surgery, which represents a significant departure from common blepharoplasty techniques, giving a more youthful result than typical blepharoplasties.

As the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at WMC Health and Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College, Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh is the only New York City-area plastic surgeon who performs this state-of-the-art eyelid surgery procedure.

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Why choose Dr. Alizadeh for my eyelid surgery in New York City?

Dr. Alizadeh’s experience and dedication to his patients and his unparalleled level of compassion and care have made him a sought-after doctor for his many satisfied clients. 

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Alizadeh is able to customize every eyelid surgery procedure he does according to the aesthetic needs of each individual patient, making him uniquely qualified to help you realize your goals for eyelid surgery.

His training began at Columbia University and then Cornell, where he earned his medical degree, followed by surgical training and residency at University of Chicago, and culminating at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with subspecialty training in microsurgery, cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction.

Dr. Alizadeh has the education, training, and technical skill to effect solid results, but it’s his intuitive appreciation of aesthetic beauty that gives him the ability to achieve exceptional, tasteful outcomes. He understands that the best eyelid surgery results reveal subtle rejuvenation that never looks overdone and never gives away that a person had “work done.” 

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Benefits of eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery has many benefits for those who are suffering from drooping lids, heavy bags or dark circles under the eyes.

  • Improved line of sight and field of vision
  • Reduced eye bags
  • Reduced skin irritation from excess folds rubbing together

  • A more youthful and rested appearance
  • Removal of dark circles under the eyes
  • A fuller appearance under the lower eyelids
  • Reduced forehead discomfort (from muscle straining)
  • Lifted, younger-looking skin
  • Fewer fine lines around the eyes

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Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?

If you would like to get rid of droopy eyelids or bags under your eyes, you may be a candidate for Dr. Alizadeh's eyelid surgery in New York City. Candidates generally include individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Are generally healthy
  • Are nonsmokers
  • Have no serious eye conditions
  • Have realistic expectations about what this surgery can do for them
  • Have droopy or sagging lower or upper eyelids
  • Have bags or dark circles under their eyes
  • Are experiencing obscured vision from drooping eyelids

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Eyelid surgery explained

This procedure is usually done under local or monitored anesthesia, which is administered in a boutique operating room certified by either the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). A blepharoplasty can also be performed under general anesthesia if the patient requests it or if the surgery is combined with other procedures. 

Once the anesthesia is administered, the surgical procedure begins.

NaturaLook eyelid surgery with Dr. Alizadeh

Dr. Alizadeh exclusively uses the NaturaLook surgical procedure. After years of experience with traditional eyelid surgeries, Dr. Alizadeh developed and refined this signature procedure, which preserves or redistributes fat instead of removing it, helping retain youthful fullness in the eye area. This eyelid surgery technique also employs safety protocols that accelerate recovery from anesthesia and guarantee a pain-free procedure.

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Eyelid surgery incisions and surgery details

Depending on the type of eyelid surgery you’re having, Dr. Alizadeh will make a single laser-focused incision in the natural crease of the upper or lower eyelid. Eventually, this will turn into a well-concealed scar. For upper eyelid surgery, he removes extra skin but preserves the muscle to maintain the youthful fullness in the upper eyelid.

If the surgery is being done on the lower eyelid, Dr. Alizadeh will tighten the ligaments of the lower lid while making sure to reposition the fat. He will redrape the lower lid skin as necessary, ensuring a youthful and lasting result. In some cases, he reduces or repositions fat to create a fresh fold along the uppermost portion of the eye (known as double eyelid surgery) then closes each incision with absorbable sutures or biological glues. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, eyelid surgery lasts one to two hours.

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Risks of eyelid surgery

There are risks associated with any surgery, such as infection, bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, and blood clots. Eyelid surgery risks also include:

  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems

  • Noticeable scarring
  • Injury to eye muscles
  • Skin discoloration
  • The need for a follow-up surgery
  • Temporarily blurred vision or rarely, loss of eyesight

Types of blepharoplasty

Upper Eyelid

This procedure is done if you have sagging skin, excess fat or puffiness on the upper eyelids.

Lower Eyelid

This surgery is designed to address excess skin, dark circles or bags under the eyes.

Double Eyelid 

This is a simultaneous approach to eyelid surgery. Both procedures are done at the same time for the most optimal and complete effect.

Complementary procedures

Depending on your needs, Dr. Alizadeh may recommend combining procedures and treatments to complement your blepharoplasty results.

  • Laser skin resurfacing to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and refresh your skin.
  • Dermal fillers to firm, sculpt and rejuvenate other areas of your face and neck.
  • NaturaGlow™ Fat Grafting to fill hollows or deep grooves.
  • Botox to minimize dynamic wrinkles in the eye area, leaving the skin younger and smoother.
  • Another facial plastic surgery option, the NaturaBrow™ Brow Lift, can elevate a heavy forehead above the eyelids and greatly reduce forehead lines and wrinkles around the eyes.


Following eyelid surgery, most patients find that they need to take approximately one week off from work to allow any bruising or swelling in the eye area to subside. You will need to sleep on your back for one to two weeks and avoid exercise and sun exposure for three to four weeks following your procedure. Dr. Alizadeh and his staff will give you very specific pre-and post-operative instructions. They will be available throughout the recovery period to ensure you are healing well and answer questions should any concerns arise.

Your consultation with Dr. Alizadeh

During your consultation with Dr. Alizadeh, you will discuss your unique concerns and goals for your eyes. Dr. Alizadeh will examine you, explain the procedure and all of your options, and ask questions about your medical history.

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What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery done to address loose and droopy excess skin on the upper lids, or bags or puffy skin under the eyes.

Will blepharoplasty affect my eyesight?

Yes. Blepharoplasty reduces the excess skin on and around the eyelids, often giving the benefit of better vision.

Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

If it is deemed medically necessary, yes. Functional eyelid surgery can be covered by medical insurance because it removes heavy skin that hangs over the eyelash line, interfering with the line of sight.

Are there any non-surgical alternatives to eyelid surgery?

Yes. The Non-Surgical Eyelift uses laser or radio frequency to tighten skin. Some types of fillers may be helpful under the eyes. Eyelid tape is also used to crease a crease in the upper eyelid. However, none of these are long-lasting solutions.

Will my results be permanent?

The results of upper eyelid surgery will last about 5-7 years. Lower eyelid surgery results are essentially permanent.

Is there an ideal age to get eyelid surgery?

There is no age requirement, but many patients are in their 30s or older. We recommend waiting until at least age 18.

How long will the procedure take?

The procedure is short, taking only 1-2 hours.

How long is the recovery time after eyelid surgery?

You will need to take about one week off of work for the swelling and bruising to fade.

Will eyelid surgery leave a scar?

Dr. Alizadeh is very precise in his incisions, ensuring the scar is well hidden in the natural crease of your eyelid.

Can I get upper and lower eyelid surgery at the same time?

Yes, these procedures can be done during the same surgery to give you the most positive gain.

Can eyelid surgery be combined with other procedures?

Eyelid surgery can be done in conjunction with a brow lift, injectables or laser treatment to help sculpt, firm and smooth other areas of your face, giving you a complete uplift to your facial aesthetic.

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