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Blepharoplasty New Jersey

For centuries, it’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. So, it’s no surprise that we are familiar with concerns surrounding the eye area at The Kaplan Center.

Age, lifestyle, and environmental factors, such as sun exposure, can result in a loss of elasticity around the eye area. This can create an excess volume of soft tissue on the upper eyelids and puffiness around the lower eyelids, contributing to the signs of aging.

We help patients in New Jersey to improve the appearance of their upper and lower eyelids through blepharoplasty (commonly referred to as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift). A blepharoplasty procedure aims to restore youth and vitality to the eyes, and it can also improve a patient’s vision.

With a 92% “Worth It” rating based on reviews from thousands of patients on RealSelf, it’s clear that in the right hands, blepharoplasty yields big benefits. Combined with Dr. Kaplan’s artistic vision and expertise in facial rejuvenation, eyelid surgery can be one of the most powerful procedures to restore balance and harmony to the face.

Want to get started? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kaplan, a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.

Dr. Kaplan is amazing. He really takes his time and wants to give you the best option to achieve your desired look or goal. I really appreciate his honesty and after years of dealing with an issue around my eyes, he was able to correct it.

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What Can Blepharoplasty Treat?

Blepharoplasty can address a range of issues with the upper and lower eyelids:

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Loose skin above the eyelid can negatively impact vision and reduce the range of motion, often referred to as having hooded eyes. This can cause people to appear more mature than they really are, sad, or tired. Upper blepharoplasty can address this by removing the loose skin above the eyes, sometimes alongside excess fat, to create a more open appearance of the upper eyelid.

Upper Blepharoplasty: Results To Expect

After upper eyelid surgery, you can expect a lifted, freshened appearance to your eyelids with full emotional expression. Many patients share that they feel much happier after upper blepharoplasty as it restores alertness to their eyes.Check out this happy upper blepharoplasty patient’s result:

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Under-eye puffiness is part of the natural aging process, but it can also be hereditary.

Aging changes beneath the eyes that lead people to seek a surgical solution include:

  • Excess lower eyelid skin
  • Fat deposits
  • Crepey texture

Lower Blepharoplasty: Results To Expect

The signs of aging mentioned above are often associated with having a sad or tired expression. Lower blepharoplasty can remove excess skin and fat deposits to rejuvenate the lower eyelid area and remove under eye bulging for a rested, youthfully smooth look.

Am I A Good Candidate For Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery is a procedure that can benefit all genders who are looking to improve signs of aging around the eye area.

The average age range of people considering eyelid surgery is 35 and above, but sometimes younger patients are suitable for blepharoplasty due to hereditary features.

Generally, good candidates for blepharoplasty meet the following conditions:

  • They have excess or loose skin above and/or below the eyes
  • They have under-eye puffiness or drooping eye bags
  • They have realistic expectations for results
  • They are not suffering from any eye-related medical issues
  • They are in overall good health
  • They are prepared to follow Dr. Kaplan’s recovery advice

Blepharoplasty Surgery: What To Expect

There are several techniques and types of blepharoplasty, and the most suitable for you will depend on your circumstances and goals. Depending on the technique, eyelid surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia and can take up to several hours.

Dr. Kaplan and the patient coordinator team will discuss your surgery plan and anesthesia with you in-depth before the procedure, ensuring you’re relaxed and comfortable with the approach and you feel fully prepared.

Where Are Blepharoplasty Incisions? 

The placement of your blepharoplasty incisions depends on the type of eyelid rejuvenation surgery you need.

In upper blepharoplasty, an incision will be made along the crease of the upper eyelid to remove excess skin, muscle, or fat.

In lower blepharoplasty, incisions can either be made along the crease of the lower eyelid (below the lashes) or inside the eyelid to hide scarring (known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty). Once the incision has been made, Dr. Kaplan will remove or redistribute the skin, fat, and muscle.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about the different blepharoplasty procedures we perform, take a look at the section below.

Other Eyelid Rejuvenation Options

Pinch Blepharoplasty

Addressing skin laxity, wrinkles, and fine lines, pinch blepharoplasty works by removing excess skin and tightening the upper and lower eyelids without altering the muscle or fat pads. Pinch blepharoplasty is most suitable for those who require moderate improvements to the eye area and is ideal for younger patients or those who have noticed early or minor changes to the eyelids.

As pinch blepharoplasty is minimally invasive, the procedure benefits from a faster recovery time than traditional eyelid surgery techniques and can be performed in the office with local anesthesia.

You can watch a video of an upper eyelid pinch blepharoplasty performed by Dr Kaplan on our YouTube channel (warning, there’s some graphic content).


SOOF, an abbreviation for Sub-Orbicularis Oculi Fat, is voluminous tissue below the eye that creates an appearance of heavy, drooping eye bags. In a SOOF eyelid lift, Dr Kaplan carefully repositions the sunken fat deposits below the eye, which may have fallen onto the upper cheek.

These fat deposits are redraped over the lower part of the lower eye region, closer to the lower eyelid, and nearer to their natural position before the impact of gravity and aging took place. The SOOF elevation technique is a highly-skilled procedure suited to patients who display significant volume changes beneath the eye.

If you’re not quite ready for a surgical eyelid lift, a non-surgical blepharoplasty using PDO threads may be just what you need. Head on over to our YouTube channel to see how this is done:

What Type Of Blepharoplasty Is Right For Me?

As each eyelid surgery is customized to the patient’s needs, your treatment plan may combine several of the techniques described above. Dr. Kaplan also performs eyelid surgery alongside other procedures to create an even more revitalized eye area.

These include laser or microneedling radiofrequency treatments, which tighten the skin around the eye area to enhance the result, or injectables to give an overall freshness to the face.

Recovery After Blepharoplasty: What To Expect

Blepharoplasty is a relatively straightforward procedure, but as with all surgeries, it does come with a little downtime. We recommend taking adequate time off your responsibilities to properly heal and ensure you prioritize your health and well-being after the procedure.

You’ll need a family member or friend to bring you home after the surgery and assist during the first evening, as you’ll be receiving an anesthetic and your vision may be temporarily reduced due to swelling around the upper and/or lower eyelids.

Recovery Time

Immediately after surgery, you may experience bruising, swelling, irritation, and dry eyes. These temporary side effects are usually most noticeable within the first 7-10 days, and associated discomfort can be relieved through Dr. Kaplan’s recovery advice.

Gradually, bruising and swelling will subside and most patients will feel comfortable enough to return to work and other daily activities after the first week. From three weeks onwards, you should start to see the cosmetic benefits of the procedure, but we recommend waiting six months until you evaluate the finished results of your surgery.

Recovery Advice

It’s expected that your eyes will be puffy and may appear bruised or swollen during the recovery process. Dr. Kaplan will provide a complete self-care program for you to follow while you’re recovering, which we recommend patients follow diligently to ensure healing safely and maximize results.

Some of Dr. Kaplan’s advice include icing the area and using a cold compress to soothe any discomfort, ensuring plenty of rest, avoiding harsh weather conditions which can be taxing on the eyes such as sun or wind exposure, and reducing screen time on devices to avoid the eyes becoming stressed or dry.

We also recommend avoiding strenuous exercise during the first few weeks after blepharoplasty eyelid surgery.

How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost In NJ?

As Dr. Kaplan approaches eyelid surgery using a personalized approach, we kindly invite patients into The Kaplan Center for a consultation to provide a treatment plan and pricing breakdown. The cost of eyelid surgery is customized to the individual, with varying factors such as the technique used, anesthesia fee, and the level of surgical time required to provide your desired result.

Why Choose Dr. Kaplan?

Dr. Kaplan is a board-certified plastic surgeon with 20+ years of experience. He specializes in facial rejuvenation, making him the perfect choice for your eyelid surgery.

The Kaplan Center, consisting of Dr. Kaplan and his team of support staff, has helped thousands of patients achieve their desired results. We offer flexible financing plans to suit your budget, including 0% and low-interest options.

Plus, with offices in New Jersey and New York, we can serve patients across both states.

Image of Dr Kaplan with a patient

Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower lids, or both, and aims to restore youth and vitality to the eyes. Check out two examples of our past results below.

a blepharoplasty patient shown before surgery and one year later
This patient had a lower blepharoplasty. They are shown before surgery and one year later.
a blepharoplasty patient shown before surgery and one month later
This patient had an in-office blepharoplasty. They are shown before surgery and one month later.

Schedule A Consultation

If you’re interested in moving ahead with blepharoplasty, the first step is to book a consultation with Dr. Kaplan.

During your consultation, we’ll discuss your goals, medical history, our recommended approach, costs, and any questions you may have.

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Can blepharoplasty be combined with other treatments?

Yes, blepharoplasty can be combined with other treatments to achieve your desired goals and enhance the results. Surgical procedures, such as facelifts and brow lifts, can be combined with eyelid surgery to achieve full facial rejuvenation.

Alternatively, non-surgical procedures, such as Botox, fillers, or laser treatment, can boost results by targeting wrinkles and hollow areas.

Does insurance cover blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is commonly performed as an aesthetic, cosmetic procedure, which is not usually covered by insurance. However, sometimes, eyelid surgery is required for medical purposes. In such cases, excess eyelid skin may disrupt or interfere with a person’s vision, and blepharoplasty to correct or improve the field of vision may be covered by insurance.

Is blepharoplasty worth the money?

The vast majority of blepharoplasty patients are very happy with the outcome. According to RealSelf, 94% of patients describe blepharoplasty as “worth it”.

Are there any alternative options to make my eyes look younger?

We understand that some people do not wish to have surgery. And although surgery is the most effective method of rejuvenating facial features, it is possible to make your eyes look younger through alternative treatment.

Non-surgical procedures are becoming an increasingly popular choice for many. For example, botox can reduce the signs of aging by relaxing the muscles around the eyes, dermal fillers can restore volume and fullness, and laser skin surgery can improve the appearance of wrinkles.

Will there be any scars?

All forms of cosmetic surgery result in some scarring around the incision points. Fortunately, with eyelid surgery, scarring is minimal and easy to hide.

For the upper eyelid, incisions are hidden in the natural creases and folds, making them very difficult to spot.

For the lower eyelid, incisions on the skin below the lashes can result in a very fine, small scar. This heals well and fades over the months following surgery.

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