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What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure that tightens, contours, and improves loose and droopy excess skin on eyelids. On the upper lids, loose skin makes the eyes look hooded or tired. On the lower eyelids, thin or loose skin and shifting underlying fat pockets result in under-eye bags and puffiness, and dark circles. 

Eyelid surgery creates a more youthful, refreshed, and revitalized appearance, bringing a dramatic rejuvenation to the eye area.

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Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Long Island. He has developed a trademarked blepharoplasty technique called NaturaLook® Eyelid Surgery. NaturaLook® Eyelid Surgery provides a more youthful, natural-looking, and significant result than traditional blepharoplasties. Dr. Alizadeh is the only plastic surgeon in Long Island who performs this state-of-the-art, advanced eyelid surgery procedure.

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Why choose Dr. Alizadeh for my eyelid surgery in Long Island?

Because of his reputation for successful results, expertise, and experience, Dr. Alizadeh is a highly sought-after doctor for his many satisfied clients. Dr. Alizadeh relies on his 20 years of experience to individualize the eyelid surgeries he performs for his patients. He creates nuanced results customized for the aesthetic needs of each patient.

Dr. Alizadeh is uniquely qualified to help you realize your aesthetic goals, opening your eyes and achieving a youthful-looking, refreshed result. He attended two Ivy League schools in the process of achieving his medical degree and completed surgical training and residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Alizadeh has additional subspecialty training in microsurgery, cosmetic surgery, and breast reconstruction.

Dr. Alizadeh has an intuitive appreciation of aesthetic beauty, which is why he achieves nuanced, subtle, and natural-looking outcomes. While the positive changes bring new, fresh beauty to your appearance, Dr. Alizadeh never creates an “overdone” appearance.


Dr. Alizadeh's unique technique takes advantage of the latest advances, such as lasers and adipocyte-derived stem cells to minimize excessive surgical removal of soft tissues. His technique enhances the soft contours of the eyelids, providing a smooth recovery and long-lasting results.

The results of NaturaLook® include the following:

  • Better eye symmetry and harmony.
  • Enhanced eye shape. Eyes appear more open and naturally refreshed.
  • Tighter skin and muscles around the eyelids. 
  • Long-lasting, natural and youthful-looking results. 

Benefits of eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery is a popular procedure, providing many benefits for patients who want to resolve dark circles or bags under their eyes or hooded, drooping lids. The benefits of eyelid surgery include the following:

  • A more youthful, renewed appearance
  • A smoother transition from the lower eyelids to the cheekbones
  • Reduction of the bags under the eyes
  • Less irritation from excess folds of skin rubbing together
  • Reduction of dark under-eye circles
  • Lifted, rejuvenated skin
  • Fewer fine lines in the eye area
  • For more severe eyelid sagging, an improved line of sight 
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Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery in Long Island?

Candidates for eyelid surgery are unhappy with drooping upper eyelids or bags and dark circles under their eyes. Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery should meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good physical health and have no serious medical concerns
  • Do not have a medical eye condition
  • Do not smoke
  • Are not taking or can stop taking blood-thinning medications or supplements
  • Have realistic expectations about what eyelid surgery can achieve
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Eyelid surgery explained

Your surgery will be performed in a boutique operating room certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Eyelid surgery is typically performed with local anesthesia. However, if you prefer, it can be done while you are under general anesthesia.

NaturaLook eyelid surgery with Dr. Alizadeh

Dr. Alizadeh exclusively uses the NaturaLook® surgical procedure, developed and refined after years of experience with traditional eyelid surgeries. The NaturaLook® procedure preserves or redistributes fat instead of removing it. This helps to retain youthful fullness in the under-eye area. Additionally, his technique includes safety protocols that accelerate the recovery period.

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Eyelid surgery incisions and surgery details

Your eyelid surgery will depend on whether you are having the upper or lower eyelids addressed. In some cases, both the upper and lower eyelids are addressed at the same time. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, eyelid surgery lasts one to two hours.

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Upper Eyelid Surgery Incisions

Dr. Alizadeh will make a small incision in the crease of the upper eyelid, which will eventually heal into a well-concealed scar. He will remove excess skin but preserve muscle, maintaining the natural and youthful fullness of the upper eyelid while contouring its appearance so that it is firmer, without sagging skin or a hooded look.

Lower Eyelid Surgery Incisions

Dr. Alizadeh will make a small incision within the lower eyelid itself, leaving no visible scars. He will then tighten the ligaments in the lower eyelid and reposition the fatty tissues to create a smooth, full contour. He will redrape the lower eyelid skin, leaving the area refreshed and contoured. 

Risks of eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery includes risks, just as any surgery does. These include bleeding, infection, blood clots, scarring, and reaction to anesthesia. Risks particular to eyelid surgery also include the following:

  • Eye irritation
  • Dry eyes
  • Difficulty closing eyes 
  • Damage to the eye muscles
  • Skin discoloration
  • Unfavorable outcome
  • Temporarily blurred vision 
  • Rarely, loss of eyesight

Types of Eyelid Surgery

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery, also known as lower blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of the lower eyelids. The process involves removing excess skin and fat from the lower eyelids to create a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Dr. Alizadeh makes small incisions just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid during the procedure. Through these incisions, he will remove excess skin and fat and may also tighten the underlying muscles and tissues.

Two primary types of incisions are used in lower eyelid surgery: transcutaneous and transconjunctival.

Transcutaneous incisions are made just below the lower lash line and are used to remove excess skin and fat from the lower eyelid. This incision typically results in a small scar hidden by the lower lashes.

Transconjunctival incisions are made on the inside of the lower eyelid and are used to remove or reposition fat from the lower eyelid. This incision does not result in visible scarring, as it is made on the inside of the eyelid.

The type of incision used in lower eyelid surgery depends on the patient's needs; sometimes, both incision types may be used to achieve the desired results. To conclude the surgery, the incisions are sutured closed. Lower eyelid surgery typically lasts one to two hours and is performed outpatient under local anesthesia with sedation.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids to improve the appearance of the eyes. The procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids to create a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

During the procedure, small incisions are made in the upper eyelids' natural creases, which helps conceal scarring. Dr. Alizadeh will then remove any excess skin and fat and may also tighten the underlying muscles and tissues to create a more youthful and refreshed appearance. After, the incisions are sutured shut, and the surgery is complete.

Upper eyelid surgery lasts one to two hours and is typically performed outpatient under local anesthesia with sedation.

Double Eyelid 

Double eyelid surgery simultaneously approaches both eyelids at once. The upper and lower eyelids are addressed during the same surgery to achieve a more complete, total eye rejuvenation.

Complementary procedures

If you desire more rejuvenation than eyelid surgery alone provides, a complimentary procedure can be performed to achieve a more dramatic result. Dr. Alizadeh may recommend additional procedures or treatments to complement the results of your blepharoplasty:

Laser skin resurfacing 

This non-surgical treatment helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and achieves refreshed, renewed skin.

Dermal fillers 

Dermal fillers are injectable, minimally-invasive treatments that can sculpt, fill, and rejuvenate areas of your face and neck to achieve a beautiful result.


Botox is an injectable treatment that minimizes wrinkles around the eyes and in the forehead, achieving a smooth, youthful appearance.

NaturaGlow® Fat Grafting

During this surgical procedure, fat will be removed from an area of your body where you have unwanted, excess fat. This fat is purified and then injected into parts of your face that are hollow or sunken due to volume loss and age.

NaturaBrow® Brow Lift 

This surgical procedure combined well with eyelid surgery. A brow lift elevates a heavy forehead and reduces wrinkles, sagging and lines to achieve a firm, renewed contour.

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Expect to take about one week off after your eyelid surgery in Long Island. There will be some swelling and bruising, which will begin to fade after a couple of days. 

Sleep on your back for one to two weeks to help with the healing process. Do not exercise or expose your skin to the sun for three to four weeks.

Dr. Alizadeh and his staff will be available during your recovery period to ensure your healing process goes well and your questions are answered if you need anything during your recovery.

Your consultation with Dr. Alizadeh

Dr. Alizadeh will consult with you to discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals for your eyes. He will examine your skin and eyes and review your medical history. During your consultation, he will determine if you’re an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery and walk you through the details of what your eyelid surgery will entail. You will have a chance to ask any questions until you feel comfortable and confident about your eyelid surgery procedure in Long Island.

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What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a term for eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty addresses loose, excess skin on the upper eyelids for upper eyelid surgery. For lower eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty addresses bags and dark circles under the eyes.

Will blepharoplasty affect my eyesight?

If excess skin on the upper eyelids is affecting your field of vision, blepharoplasty will improve your line of sight and vision.

Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

If your eyelid surgery is deemed medically necessary, it will be covered by insurance. This type of eyelid surgery, called functional eyelid surgery, is covered by medical insurance because it removes the heavy skin that droops into the line of sight and interferes with your vision.

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

Eyelid surgery is a very customized procedure and will be priced according to whether you have an upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both. The surgeon's fee starts at $5,000 (not including surgery center or anesthesia fees) and will vary based on your customized surgical plan.

Are there any non-surgical alternatives to eyelid surgery?

Dr. Alizadeh offers the Non-Surgical Eyelift, combining laser or radio frequency to tighten the eyelid skin. He also provides fillers to improve the under-eye appearance. Some patients may want to try eyelid tape to create a crease in the upper eyelids. While each of these alternatives may be effective, none are long-lasting solutions.

Will my results be permanent?

Upper eyelid surgery results last for about 5-7 years. Lower eyelid surgery results are typically considered permanent.

Is there an ideal age to get eyelid surgery?

While there is no “best age” for eyelid surgery, most patients are in their 30s or older.

How long will the procedure take?

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

How long is the recovery time after eyelid surgery?

Most patients need to take about one week off from work or their usual activities until the swelling and bruising fade to a point where they feel comfortable going out again.

Will eyelid surgery leave a scar?

Lower eyelid surgery leaves no scar, while the scar for upper eyelid surgery is very small and well hidden in the natural crease of your eyelid.

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