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Upper Eyelid Surgery New York City

Upper Eyelid Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty) is the most common cosmetic procedure in Asia for the young and cross-culture in older individuals.

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty


Conveniently located to Serve New York City



  • Time: 30 mins -2 hours
  • General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia


  • May return to work next day


  • 2 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming


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  • Before and after result of a patient that had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    D, 57, Caucasian

    D came in the clinic for desire for facial rejuvenation. She had a lot of excess skin dropping in the upper eyelid covering her eyes, sagging of the face and neck. Both upper and lower eyelid procedures were done at the same time with her face and neck lift.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and after result of a patient that had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    H, 25, Asian

    H used to use eyelid tapes to create the double fold. The skin looses its elasticity after a while and she would like to have a more permanent solution. After a simple surgery, H no longer needs to use the tape anymore.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and after result of a patient that had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    R, 37, Asian

    R is a 37 year old lady from Flushing. She had prominent single fold eyelids, brow asymmetry and a widen eye distance. Only double eyelid surgery was performed since she was not interested in correcting her brow position and having a medial canthoplasty.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and after result of a patient that had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    M, 40, Asian

    M is a 40 year old lady from China. She had double eyelid when she was young but with aging her skin sagged and her double fold disappeared. Upper eyelid surgery was done to restore her double fold. Only local anesthesia was used and surgery was done within 30 minutes.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Before and after result of a patient that had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

    S, 36, Caucasian

    S had an upper blepharoplasty procedure done by another physician two years ago. But while she was healing from the surgery she fell and caused a depression on her left upper eyelid. This was corrected with a revisional upper blepharoplasty procedure under local. She is happy with her result. Notice the even contour on the left eye now.


    *Individual results may vary.

  • Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
    *Individual results may vary.


At our world-class practice in NYC, upper eyelid surgery is one of Dr. Lao's most popular procedures. Also known as upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the surgical procedure is created to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes and correct severe eyelid sagging. Over time, the upper eyelids can begin to droop. This can make a person appear tired or bored and can make them look older than their actual age. In cases of severe ptosis, the issue may reach the point where a portion of the vision is obscured, which can decrease one’s quality of life.

NYC double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Lao can utilize his immense technical precision and a sharp eye for facial aesthetics to deliver results that look amazingly natural and beautiful. Dr. Lao has performed numerous upper eyelid blepharoplasty procedures at our New York office and can provide you with outstanding care and results.


Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is one of the most common procedures in cosmetic surgery both in the West and the East. The population of people who desire upper blepharoplasty varies in a wide range of ages, including younger individuals who are trying to combat premature aging and older patients who want to look as young as they feel.

For older individuals, the eye often is the tell-tale sign of aging. Combining forehead and brow sagging and skin loosening, excess skin develops hooding over the eyelid margin and in a severe case can block the superior vision. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty reverses the aged look by removing the excess skin and herniated fat and can improve the visual field.


Eyelid ptosis refers to the sagging of the skin of the eyelids. Ptosis can occur in a single eyelid or both. Many people often experience age-related ptosis as they get older. Ptosis can also occur as a result of muscle disease, nerve issues, or congenital issues. The severity of ptosis can range from not interfering with vision to partially covering vision to completely covering the entire eye.

In these instances, upper-eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed on one or both of the eyelids to restore lost vision and improve the overall appearance of the eyelids and eyes. Dr. Lao can thoroughly examine the extent of the issue to determine if upper eyelid blepharoplasty is the ideal option.


In younger individuals, especially in the Asian population, the double fold on the upper eyelid is considered a sign of beauty. However, depending on the genetics and the country of origin, this double-fold only occurs naturally in less than 50% of the population. A majority of the time, the eyelid crease forms very close to the eyelash line, giving the appearance of a single smooth eyelid.

In order to achieve this desired look, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is required to create the double fold by surgically crafting a crease higher up on the eyelid.

The goal of the procedure is to create a natural-looking double eyelid while retaining the patient’s natural cultural characteristics and features. There are many Asian men and women who have natural double eyelids. Surgery is performed to give the eyelids a similar appearance, not to “westernize” their natural appearance.

Also in the Asian population, congenital ptosis of the upper eyelid is common and blepharoplasty can create the double fold and correct the droopy eyelid at the same time for enhanced results.


Many techniques are available. The two main categories are incisional and non-incisional blepharoplasty. The non-incisional procedure is more appropriate for younger individuals who do not have much excess skin and fat; whereas incisional blepharoplasty is often required for older patients with excess skin. The final decision should be individualized after discussing with a plastic surgeon.


Some swelling and bruising will occur after surgery, but these issues are to be expected and will dissipate over the coming weeks. Any residual bruising can be covered by makeup.

You should be able to watch TV and read after a few days. Most people take around one week off of work to allow time for a majority of the bruising and swelling to go down. More strenuous activities should be avoided for around two weeks.


The cost of upper eyelid surgery in New York City will vary on a number of factors. The first step is to meet one-on-one with Dr. Lao in his Manhattan office. During your consultation, Dr. Lao will provide his expert recommendations and a full breakdown of all associated costs. Financing options are available to help manage the payment for four patients.


Our goal is to provide all of our clients with the personalized care and results they need. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your upper eyelids, contact our office in New York City to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao. He can let you know if surgery can provide you with the results you are looking for.

SURGical approaches

Incision Technique for Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Incision Technique for Upper Blepharoplasty

Suturing Technique for Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Suturing Technique for Upper Blepharoplasty


D, 57, retired police officer, Queens, USA

"I feel very blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet such a talented young Doctor. I am a 57 year old female. In December 2014, I had a facial procedure done. My eyelids top & bottom and face were lifted. I am 100% satisfied with the results. People see me and they say I look 10 years younger. My confidence level is off the charts. I can't say enough about Dr. William Lao. He was kind, considerate, compassionate and caring. We had open communication through emails & telephone calls. I felt very comfortable with Dr. Lao, considering I interviewed 8 different plastic surgeons. Dr. Lao, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School which is one of the finest institutions in the world. Dr. Lao I will be forever grateful. Thank you."


Every surgical procedure and aesthetic treatment we offer is specifically tailored to satisfy the unique needs of the individual. When you come in for a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Lao, he can find the perfect aesthetic approach that provides you with your ideal results.