Dr. Joel E. Kopelman is a nationally recognized expert in eyelid surgery. He has performed hundreds of eyelid surgical procedures for over thirty years, published numerous articles on eyelid surgery and his expertise in blepharoplasty is sought out by colleagues and patients in New York and New Jersey. Eyelid surgery is the third most common cosmetic surgery in the United States. When considering eyelid surgery there is a fine balance between aesthetics and function.Doctor Kopelman’s extensive experience will allow him to assess the condition of your eyelids and take into account both functional and cosmetic aspects of your surgery.
Q: When should you consider eyelid surgery?
If you have excess loose skin that hangs over the natural fold of the upper eyelids
Your upper eye surface is too “crowded” to apply makeup
If your drooped upper eyelids are intrinsically weak and which narrow the eyelid apertures
If you have upper and lower eyelids “bags” which make you look fatigued.
If you have deep grooves and dark circles below your lower eyelids.
If you have lower eyelid wrinkles
1.You will eliminate the puffiness, bags and wrinkles under your lower lids and the hooded skin on your upper lids, making you appear younger and more alert.
2. Drooped upper eyelids no longer impinge on your field of vision.
3. Scars from the eye lift will be hidden in your natural eyelid creases.
1.Complete recovery may take several week.
2.Your eyes may be bruised and swollen following the procedure.
3. If your eyebrows droop and you have creases in your forehead, you may also need a brow lift to obtain an optimal result.
Q: Are you a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
A: If you are in good general health and you do not have very dry eyes, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Q:How and where is blepharoplasty surgery performed?
A: Dr.Kopelman performs blepharoplasty eyelid surgery in his state approved, certified, surgery center in Ridgewood, New Jersey and at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in NYC. He commonly performs his procedures under local anesthesia and IV sedation. The procedure typically takes 1 to 3 hours depending upon the degree of skin laxity and protrusion of fat that is present. The upper eyelid incisions are made in natural creases which conceals the entry points and lower eyelids are approached through incisions that are hidden inside the lower lids. No external evidence of lower eyelid surgery will be seen. Dr. Kopelman will trim excess skin and fat using a scissor and a laser.Often fat is not removed but instead is used as a natural filler to augment areas that are deficient in fat.
Q:What are the objectives of upper eyelid surgery?
A: The goal of upper eyelid surgery is to remove redundant upper eyelid skin to reveal the upper eyelid crease. Following surgery women can apply make-up without the annoyance of having their cosmetics smear and men and women will appear alert and less tired. The incision concealed by placing it in the natural upper eyelid crease. Commonly a small strip of skin is removed and the protruding fat of the upper eyelid will be removed or repositioned to fill in areas of volume deficits.The non-absorbable stitches are removed within 5 days.The final result heals with a natural appearing contour. Sometimes patients have drooped eyelids (ptosis) which is due to weak internal eyelid muscles that raise the eyelids. When eyelid ptosis is present a functional disability may occur because the drooped eyelid may impinge on a person’s field of vision. When eyelid ptosis is present along with a laxity of upper eyelid skin and muscle then a functional and cosmetic procedure must be performed to get a satisfactory result. If patients have both conditions, fixing one without the other, will produce less than ideal results .Therefore, because Dr. Kopelman is an eyelid expert, he has the ability to recognize and fix both problems together so that you will obtain an ideal result.
Q: What are the objectives of lower eyelid surgery?
A: Dr. Kopelman’s ultimate goal when performing lower eyelid surgery is to create a smooth transition from your the lower eyelid margins to your cheeks. This is accomplished by conserving the lower eyelid fat (not removing it) and redistributing it into areas that need augmentation. This commonly occurs at the inner corners of the lower eyelids called the “tear troughs”.Dark lower eyelid circles are commonly improved. The loose skin on the outside of the eyelid can be tightened with a laser which “resurfaces” the skin so wrinkles will appear smoother when the new skin regenerates. Dr. Kopelman has performed these procedures hundreds of times.
Q: What kind of recovery can I expect from upper and lower eyelid surgery?
A: Bruising ,and swelling can be minimized by avoiding blood thinners (like aspirin , fish oil and Vitamin E) prior to surgery and ice compresses are applied immediately following the procedure to diminish swelling. Upper eyelid sutures are removed within 5 to 7 days and lower eyelid sutures absorb by themselves. Most patients find that they can resume daily activities within 3 to 5 days but you should refrain from intense exercise including spinning,weight lifting and running for two weeks. Important social engagement should be postponed for at least two weeks to allow residual swelling to subside. Eyelid surgery will make you appear more youthful, brighter, alert and more well rested. This will not only change your appearance but will enhance your self-image and renew your self-confidence.