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Eyelid Surgery

Oren Friedman, MD

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon located in Philadelphia, PA & Radnor, PA

Your eyes are “the doorway to your soul” - they are a primary tool of communication, so it’s essential that you feel good about how they look. Oren Friedman, MD, provides exceptional eyelid surgery for his patients at Dr. Oren Friedman Facial Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To learn more about how expert eyelid surgeon Dr. Friedman can improve your appearance with the most advanced techniques available today, schedule a visit by calling the office or submitting a request online.

Eyelid Surgery Q & A



Why blepharoplasty or cosmetic eyelid surgery?

Changes to the tissues around our eyes are among the first to demonstrate aging. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can restore youthful shape and appearance to the eyes and surrounding regions, providing a bright, well-rested, rejuvenated face with younger-looking eyes.

Why undergo a blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery)?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, eyelid rejuvenation procedure, cosmetic eyelid surgery, and blepharoplasty are terms used to describe a minimally invasive procedure that restores a more youthful look to our eyes.

While eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a common procedure, it requires a delicate touch from a well-trained specialist to achieve the best results Philadelphia has to offer. Top blepharoplasty surgeon Dr. Oren Friedman can help guide you through your eyelid rejuvenation journey, providing natural youthful eye contours and restoring naturally beautiful eyelids.

Philadelphia's top eyelid surgery may be performed with minimal sedation or local anesthesia in the office or in the operating room. Contact Dr. Friedman for the best blepharoplasty Philadelphia has to offer — a conservative and natural approach to eyelid rejuvenation surgery, so you too can look like your best well-rested self.

Why should I get eyelid surgery?

Your eyes do so much more than give you the ability to see; they also work to express your thoughts and convey your emotions to others.

Eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of your eyes to make you look more alert, youthful, and engaged when interacting with others. You might be an excellent candidate for eyelid surgery if:

  • You have puffy or bulging eyelids 
  • You experience dark circles under the eyes
  • Your eyes look sad or tired
  • Your eyelids feel heavy, droopy, or obscure your vision
  • You have a loss of facial fat
  • Excess skin makes it difficult to apply makeup to your eyelids

Dr. Friedman is a meticulous surgeon who uses the most advanced yet minimally invasive techniques to address both cosmetic and functional aspects of your eyelids and the areas around your eyes.

He utilizes a minimalist approach that produces natural results with rapid recovery time and can enhance both your upper and lower eyelids.

Dr. Friedman will often also discuss the areas surrounding your eyes with you, including your eyebrows and your cheeks, as these play a role in your overall youthful appearance. Often blepharoplasty may be combined with a brow lift or midface lift surgery to achieve a more complete facial rejuvenation.

What is involved with upper eyelid surgery?

Dr. Friedman's Philadelphia blepharoplasty surgery is customized to your unique needs based on your eyelid anatomy and aging eyelid changes.

Upper eyelid surgery can be either cosmetic or medically necessary. If it's determined your upper eyelids interfere with your vision, your eyelid surgery could be considered functional and might be partially covered by insurance. 

When Dr. Friedman performs the procedure on your upper eyelid, he makes an incision in the fold of your eyelid that goes from the inner corner of your lid to the smile line of your eye. He then trims any excess muscle, fat, and loose skin, and closes up the incision with tiny sutures. 

Because Dr. Friedman makes the incision in the crease of your eyelid, the scar from the surgery is typically not visible. Whatever your needs, know that Dr. Friedman will help you achieve the refreshed youthful look you are seeking through top blepharoplasty in Philadelphia.

What is involved with lower eyelid surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery usually aims to correct lower eyelids that are bulging or puffy, and whose protrusion creates the appearance of dark undereye circles. Lower eyelid surgery is often also termed eye bag surgery as it reduces the prominence of lower eyelid bags while filling the depressions around the eyes, called periorbital or eyelid hollows, that cause dark circles.

When Dr. Friedman, a top blepharoplasty surgeon Philadelphia has to offer, performs the procedure on your lower eyelid, he makes a small incision on the inside and carefully removes or repositions your excess fatty tissue, skin, or muscle. When the incision is made on the inside of the lid, sutures aren't required for you to heal. 

If Dr. Friedman is tightening your lower eyelid, he may perform a canthopexy, which involves making small incisions in the corner of your eyes and using sutures to lift the muscles of your lower lid. He then attaches the muscles to a higher position, which rejuvenates the eye and protects its youthful eyelid look for the long-term.

What should I expect from my eyelid surgery?

Both upper and lower eyelid surgery typically use general or local anesthesia, and the procedure takes between 30 minutes and two hours. On occasion, the procedure may be performed in the office under local anesthesia alone.

You can go home the same day of your procedure, though you'll likely experience bruising and swelling for a few weeks after the surgery. Applying ice to the eyes for the first three days after the procedure helps hasten your recovery. 

You might have dry eyes or temporarily blurred vision for a few weeks. However, Dr. Friedman's innovative and minimally invasive techniques ensure that your recovery time is as short as possible.

To get started with your eyelid surgery, schedule a visit with Dr. Oren Friedman Facial Plastic Surgery today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online. 

What is new in the rejuvenation of the eyelid area?

In the past, surgeons removed excess skin, muscle, and fat to correct aging or tired eyelids and faces. What physicians came to realize after years of close evaluation is that the removal of too much tissue often looked unnatural or "done" — leaving the patient looking thin, gaunt, and hollow.

For many years, Dr. Friedman has focused on procedures that restore youthful volume to the eyes and face, both surgically and non-surgically. By adding fullness to the sunken regions of the lower eyelid and cheeks, patients can achieve a rejuvenated look to their eyes and face.

Replacing lost volume in cosmetic blepharoplasty — and in the aging face in general — is the most crucial step in restoring eyelid youth and facial harmony. These practices are an essential component of facial and eyelid rejuvenation.

Dr. Friedman, a top eyelid surgeon in Philadelphia, provides expertise in fat grafting, fat repositioning, and filler injection to provide his patients with the most modern and beautiful facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Friedman is a recognized expert who stays current on procedures and continually innovates to improve outcomes. Schedule a visit today to learn why patients travel great distances to see Dr. Friedman.

What is the recovery like after blepharoplasty?

You may experience swelling, bruising, dry eye, irritation, and mild discomfort after blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery. Ice compresses applied for the first 72 hours helps to expedite the healing and minimize the swelling and bruising.

You can return to normal activities one day after surgery, but patients should avoid strenuous activities and exercise for the first 1-2 weeks. Dr. Oren Friedman and his team will give more detailed instructions before your surgery.


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