Here’s What You Need To Know About Eyelid Surgery


Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic eyelid surgery to recreate a youthful looking eyelid that repairs droopy eyelid by removing excess skin, muscle, and fat. The eyes are one of the first parts of your face that draws attention to you, and the eyelids are first area to show signs of aging, such as wrinkles, saggy excess skin and prolapse fat. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin of your body, and therefore it is susceptible to stress and aging changes early. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or eyelift surgery will tighten up the skin and muscle of the eyelids and reduce the fat excess for your rejuvenated overall facial appearance. Dr. Basil Pakeman is board-certified ophthalmic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon who specializes cosmetic eyelid surgery and functional eyelid surgery Manhattan, New York.



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Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery may be suitable for your needs if you have one or more of the following cosmetic concerns:

  • Saggy skin of the upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Puffy upper eyelids
  • Droopy Eyelid
  • Puffy Lower eyelids

Eyelid surgery candidates should be in good physical and psychological health, with realistic goals for their surgery.

The Procedure – What to Expect

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient eyelid surgery performed in our accredited surgical facility. Local anesthesia and sedation medications are administered for your comfort. You may have upper and/or lower eyelid surgery performed depending on the areas that need correction. After your surgery and recovery, you will be released into the care of your companion to go home.

The Recovery

After your eyelid surgery, the eyelids may be mildly swollen or bruised, but these side effects will disappear with time.  Dr. Pakeman will meet with you several times after surgery to follow-up on your healing progress. You should be able to return to work in 2-3 day after your surgery although full resolution of swelling and bruising will take several weeks, makeup can conceal any bruising.


The average price for an Eyelid Surgery in New York City and the surrounding areas is between $3,000 and $5000. The cost varies depending on the extent of lift needed or ptosis repair.