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Lower Eyelid Surgery New York City

Introduction to Lower Eyelid Surgery

At William Lao, MD on 5th Avenue in NYC, lower eyelid surgery is one of our most popular procedures. Eye bag removal is desired in all cultures and races. A Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty procedure removes the herniated fat and improves the aged appearance. People who desire a lower eyelid procedure often do so because of the appearance of eye bags. The appearance of an eye bag is mostly age-related from the fat protrusion under the lower eyelid. In the Asian population, however, even young people can have this problem. This look not only gives a premature aging appearance but also a tired, lack of sleep look that can affect the individual in social situations.

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What is Lower Eyelid Surgery?

The technical name of the procedure is a lower blepharoplasty. However, it’s commonly referred to as lower eyelid surgery. The surgical procedure usually involves the removal or redistribution of excess fat and tightening of loose skin and saggy muscles. The procedure helps many patients regain a youthful appearance as well as remove the “tired” look caused by eye bags.

Who are the Best Candidates for Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Any man or woman suffering from droopy eyelids, bags under their eyes, and/or excessive skin or wrinkles around their eyes is a good candidate for Lower Eyelid Surgery. This surgery can be a wonderful solution for excessive creases or folds under the eyelids as well.

You should also be in overall good health with no medical conditions that can impair healing, be a nonsmoker, have a positive outlook, and maintain realistic goals for the outcome of your Lower Eyelid Surgery.

Please keep in mind that this procedure will only partially correct the dark circles under your eyes or fine lines around your eyes (a.k.a. Crow’s Feet).

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What are the Benefits of Lower Eyelid Surgery?

By undergoing Lower Eyelid Surgery, you will discover so many benefits, such as:

  • Eliminate circles underneath your eyes
  • Fill out the deep crease between your eye and nose (also called the tear-trough)
  • Improve dark discoloration with the lower eyelid
  • Improve those fine wrinkles
  • Reposition your lower eyelids into a more elegant, almond-shaped appearance
  • Reposition skin and underlying muscles to smooth out wrinkles
  • Repositioning of underlying fat to get rid of the sunken, aged appearance

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting lower eyelid surgery in NYC with Dr. Lao is to get in touch. By filling out a contact form on our appointment page, a member of our team will get in touch with you to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with Dr. William Lao. Dr. Lao will complete a thorough evaluation of your ears, provide his expert recommendations, and answer any questions you have. You should be as open and honest with Dr. Lao about your aesthetic desires, as great communication always leads to optimal results. Dr. Lao has been featured in numerous publications about his surgical techniques. If you’re happy with Dr. Lao’s recommendations, surgery will be booked. Once the surgery is booked, our expert surgical team will provide pre and postoperative instructions. These guidelines are created to ensure patient safety and the best possible surgical outcome.

What to Expect on the Day of Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Like upper eyelid procedures, there are many approaches to lower lid surgery. Most of the techniques involve removing the excess fat that is herniated to reduce the baggy appearance. Whether the optimal procedure involves an incision on the outside to remove skin or an incision inside the eyelid should cater to the individual’s anatomy and need.

The augmentation part can be done with either autologous fat or saline/silicone implants. The breast lift portion of the procedure, however, is more variable on the individual surgeon’s experience and preference. Often excess skin needs to be removed while hiding scars in inconspicuous locations. One of the additional benefits of this procedure is that the enlarged areola can be often corrected at the same time.

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Time: 1-2 hours

General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia


May return to work next day


2 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming

Lower Eyelid Surgery Recovery

During your recovery, you will probably experience some mild bruising and swelling, however, this should subside in about a week. You will be able to return to your normal routine after about a week, but you should minimize any strain on your eyes and prevent sun exposure, primarily towards the incision areas for at least a few weeks.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao utilizes his expertise and years of experience servicing the city of New York to determine the best approach for lower eyelid surgery. Dr. Lao is a proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and an NYC TopDoc, credited by NewBeauty.

How Much Does Lower Eyelid Surgery Cost in New York City?

The cost of a Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery in New York City can vary on several factors, as the surgery is tailored to each patient’s distinct needs. During your consultation with Dr. William Lao, he’ll go over the pricing in detail, and provide his expert recommendations.


Is Lower Eyelid Surgery painful?

Lower Eyelid Surgery is typically not painful at all thanks to the use of anesthesia. You may experience some mild discomfort or pain during your recovery, but this is usually treatable with over-the-counter pain medication.

Can I combine Lower Eyelid Surgery with other procedures?

Many of Dr. Lao’s patients choose to combine their Lower Eyelid Surgery with additional Oculoplastic Surgery such as upper eyelid surgery, or a variety of other Plastic surgeries. If you are interested in combining surgeries, please address your desires during your consultation, and with Dr. Lao’s experience and eye for detail, a realistic plan can be created just for you!

Schedule Your Consultation

Contact our Manhattan office today to schedule a consultation for your Lower Eyelid surgery in New York with Dr. William Lao. Dr. Lao has the technical skill required to perform the procedure and can provide you with the beautiful and natural-looking results you’re in search of.

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before + afters

Real patients, real results! Check out our before and after photo gallery and peruse through different gallery options of surgical and non-surgical patients!

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Out-of-town patients

Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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