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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics, provide blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, for patients residing in the areas of Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca and Rochester.

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What is Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that is used to eliminate excess muscle, skin, or fat from the eyelid area. The surgery is performed for the upper eyelids or lower eyelids or both. Blepharoplasty improves the appearance of bags under the eyes, droopy upper lids, or any vision difficulties caused by ptosis or eyelid drooping. While the surgery can correct drooping lids, it is not designed to correct wrinkling or droopy brows.

Blepharoplasty Before and After | Rochester, NY

This patient underwent upper blepharoplasty and lower eye laser resurfacing

What Other Procedures Are Combined with Eyelid Surgery?

Because eyelid surgery is designed to only correct bags or drooping lids, it is often combined with a facelift or brow lift to improve one’s facial appearance or correct crow’s feet or sagging jowls.

Blepharoplasty Before and After | Syracuse, NY

This patient underwent endoscopic browlift and upper eyelid blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty Before and After | Rochester, NY

This patient underwent blepharoplasty combined with laser skin resurfacing

Why Is the Surgery Recommended?

As people age, excess skin tends to form in the area of the eye, which causes the skin to lose elasticity. In turn, fatty deposits can accumulate beneath the dermis. As a result, the eyes will begin to look older, more puffy, tired, or wrinkled. Therefore, eyelid surgery can restore a refreshed and more youthful appearance to the eyes.

Who Are Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery?

People who are physically healthy and at least 35 years old are typically the best candidates for eyelid surgery. Patients with certain conditions, such as high blood pressure, dry eyes, or cardiovascular disease, often must bypass the procedure. In addition, the supporting framework around the eyes may preclude a candidate from undergoing the surgery. However, if you are in good health and exhibit drooping or sagging upper or lower lids, surgery usually can help.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

During the procedure, the surgeon will make very small incision along the creases of the upper lid as well as, in some instances, along the lower rim of the eye. If fatty tissue is removed, then the surgeon will perform what is called transconjunctival eyelid surgery, which places a small incision just inside the eye’s lower rim. The incision frequently extends to the outer corner of the eye. Fatty and muscle tissue are separated so the excess fat can be removed. The procedure is performed using a local anesthetic and a relaxing sedative.

How Long Is the Recovery Time?

Recovery time for eyelid surgery generally takes seven to ten days.

What Does the Recovery Process Involve?

After the surgery, the patient is advised to take pain medication to alleviate any discomfort, use cold compresses and eye drops, elevate the head, and refrain from watching TV.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Syracuse?

The costs involved with a Natural Face™ procedure can vary depending on the extent of the treatment necessary to achieve optimum results.  Having our own private on-site surgical facility allows our patients to save money by including all the before and after care, operating room costs, and the local anesthetic fees together.  Natural Face™ Clinics accepts all major credit cards.  We can also assist if you need financing through CareCredit®.  Please call and ask for our concierge services for assistance with financing.

Additional Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specializes in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester. At Natural Face Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.

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Plastic Surgeon in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY


Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

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I was working in Central New York and had an upcoming event and needed to get 2 areas of Dystport done. They were able to accommodate my schedule( as it was short notice) Dr. Kim’s entire staff was so friendly and welcoming!! During the procedure , even Nurse Dan held my hand and kept me smiling the whole time!! I was incredibly impressed with Dr Kim as he made sure he took the time to explain the process as well as not “ being rushed” something I have experienced with previous Doctors. I live in Florida but will be seeing Dr Kim from now on, and will be recommending their office to my fellow New Yorkers! It’s been almost 2 weeks since my appointment and the results are amazing!!! So happy! Thank you so much Dr Kim, Mary and the rest of the staff !

- michele goodwin

Dr. Kim is a world-class facial plastic surgeon. I’ve been to the top surgeons in the country from Beverly Hills to Miami and I found Dr. Kim to be superior. His face and neck lift were flawless and so natural that no one could tell I had anything done, but everyone said I looked ten years younger. As Syracuse is a discreet location, I would highly recommend anyone who wants a top notch face and neck lift to fly in. His bedside manner is as fantastic as his work. I can’t recommend Dr. Kim enough. I think he is the best Facial plastic surgeon in the country.

- Shelly Cohen

I am very happy with Dr. Kim and all of his staff. Not only did I have a surgical procedure done but I also go there every week for allergy shots and they couldn't be nicer. And Dr. Kim is awesome - - great bedside manner! I highly recommend them!!!

- Sheila Guenette

57 years old and wanted to start my new path in life retired...not looking tired! I did extensive research and sought out 5 surgeon recommendations. I was extremely impressed with Dr. Sang Kim for several reasons: 1 - He specialized in and only performs /neck surgeries, 2 - Dr. Kim is younger and probably more newly established, but there was no doubt that he is a perfectionist and a professional in his field, 3 - He is patient and really listens. I felt confident and trusted that he was giving me his best recommendation for my concerns, 4 - He didn't try to push unnecessary or extra procedures, 5 - I was impressed by how obvious it was that Dr. Kim's administrative and medical staff liked him and respected his work. But most of all, I am extremely satisfied with the results of my face lift!

- Shannon F

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kim. He is the most patient, professional, and personable physician I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Instead of being rushed through the practice, every member of his staff made me feel welcome and important from the moment I walked through the door. He wouldn't perform a single procedure on me until he fully answered every minute question I had (all of which he eloquently and candidly answered); you can tell that his formal training was exceptional. His bedside manner and skilled technique easily make him one of the best kept secrets in Syracuse. I have referred numerous friends to him who have also, in turn, referred their friends. Make the consult and see for yourself... you won't be disappointed!

- Deanna Hillman

Dr. Kim and his staff were incredible. I had a face lift done this past summer and I was treated with dignity and respect by everyone. Dr. Kim is an exceptional surgeon and one of the nicest and kindest doctors I have ever met. I had a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Kim and his entire staff. I recently went back to Dr. Kim for injections. Again my experience was wonderful. He explains everything he is going to do and what to expect. I didn't bruise and I love the fact that he doesn't overdo. He and his staff are just incredible. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.

- Debbie Ely

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