Dr. Hutchinson performs all surgeries either in her fully AAAASF accredited operating room at her Upper East Side office or at one of her affiliated NYC hospitals.
The blepharoplasty procedure is most often performed under monitored local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.
Patients may choose to have this procedure on either their upper or lower eyelids or on both upper and lower eyelids concurrently.
Depending on these choices, the procedure can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
If the upper eyelids are being treated, Dr. Hutchinson will make an incision along the natural crease of the eyelid. Once this incision is made, she may remove fat deposits, excess muscle, and loose skin to create a more youthful, awakened appearance.
For the lower eyelids, Dr. Hutchinson’s scarless procedure uses a transconjunctival approach.
This involves operating from within the inside of the lower lid, which leaves no visible scar. Alternatively, an external incision may be made just below the lash line so that excess skin can be removed.
After the eyelid lift surgery is performed, the incisions are closed with sutures, which will be removed after 5-7 days.
A transconjunctival lower eyelid blepharoplasty does not require any sutures.