How Eyelid Surgery Can Help Your Upper and Lower Lids

You may have been born with your dad’s sharp intellect or your mom’s silky hair, but if you inherited hooded eyes, you’re likely struggling with the way they make you look older than you are, as well as appearing perpetually sleepy. You may even be wondering whether or not you should get them lifted. 

What you’re considering is called blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, and it can do wonders for your looks, your confidence, and your vision. Robert A. Guida, MD helps people throughout Staten Island and New York, New York see and look better through plastic surgery. 

Who needs an eyelift?

Anyone with baggy, droopy upper lids, or puffy, sagging lower lids could be a good candidate for blepharoplasty. 

Under-eye bagginess is almost always a strictly cosmetic issue, but if you have excess skin hanging down from your upper lids, and it’s interfering with your vision, you may need an eyelift for medical reasons.

How an eyelift can help you

We believe an eyelift has many benefits, but they all tend to fall into three categories: cosmetic, emotional, and medical.


The most common reason our patients ask for an eyelift is to improve their looks. Droopy eyelids may be a family trait, but as you age, they become more pronounced and tend to send a message that you’re old and grumpy or always tired. Blepharoplasty can quickly correct your eyes and restore a more youthful, alert, refreshed expression.


Most often, an eyelift is considered an elective procedure performed to improve facial aesthetics. Even though most insurance companies categorize blepharoplasties as cosmetic, we know that the benefits go far beyond the physical improvement. 

Our patients report a huge boost in their confidence and a fresh perspective on life. Because they look younger, they feel younger, and it shows. Some say they have more energy and find themselves engaging more in hobbies, exercise, and other activities. 

The self-esteem boost may even impact your overall health. Studies have shown that a healthy self-image can go a long way to keeping depression at bay and helping you sleep better.


Hooded eyes that droop too far can actually interfere with your peripheral vision. The medical term for drooping eyelids is ptosis, and if the excess skin and fat are obstructing your view, you might need blepharoplasty for medical reasons.

Choose the right plastic surgeon for your eyelift

Although eyelid surgery is one of the top five most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures in the US, that doesn’t mean every surgeon is equally experienced or qualified. 

Dr. Guida is a double-board certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience and thousands of satisfied patients. When he performs blepharoplasty on your upper lids, he skillfully hides the tiny incision in the natural crease so it won’t be noticeable. When he removes excess skin and fat from your lower lids, he enters through a small incision inside the lid, so no one will ever know. 

Recovery is quick and only takes a few days for lower lids and about two weeks for upper lids to heal. Once the slight redness and swelling subside, you’ll see a revitalized expression in the mirror and have a brighter perspective on life. 

To learn more about eyelid surgery and whether it’s right for you, call us at either of our two New York locations, or book your appointment online today.  

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