Eyelid Surgery FAQ

Do I have to have both my upper and lower eyelids done at the same time?

No, you do not need to have both upper and lower blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, done at the same time. You can choose eyelid surgery at our Rochester, NY practice to have your upper, lower, or both sets of eyelids done depending on your concerns and desired result.

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What is the recovery like after eyelid lift surgery?

Most patients will have swelling and bruising around the eyes for a week to 10 days after eyelid lift surgery; although experiences vary. You will be restricted from strenuous activity or heavy lifting for approximately 3 weeks. All sutures will be removed after the first several days, and most patients can return to work after 1 to 2 weeks. Residual bruising can be camouflaged with makeup, which can be taught to you by our experts at Q the Medical Spa at Lindsay House.

Dr. Vito Quatela Dr. Vito Quatela

Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.

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What is the difference between brow lift vs. eyelid lift surgery?

Sometimes drooping of the upper eyelids is related to a drop in the position of the brow over time. Depending on your concerns, either a brow lift or an upper blepharoplasty may be better at addressing drooping skin on the upper eyelids or brow. A consultation appointment with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee, both facial plastic surgeons, will give you the opportunity to discuss which procedure would be better for you.

Dr. Heather Lee Dr. Heather Lee

Heather Lee, M.D.

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedure of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.

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Will my vision be affected after eyelid surgery?

No, your vision should not be affected from blepharoplasty surgery. A temporary increase in dryness of the eyes can happen for some patients, which is usually treated with drops and other topical medications. All patients are prescribed eye drops and ointment to use immediately after surgery, and sometimes these medications can make the vision temporarily blurry after application but this goes away rapidly.

Should I get wrinkle filler in my tear troughs or lower eyelid surgery?

Depending on your particular concerns, either filler, eyelid surgery, or both may be an option for you to treat baggy or sunken skin, or dark circles underneath the eyes. During your consultation with Dr. Vito Quatela or Dr. Heather Lee, your concerns will be discussed and the best procedure recommended.

If you are from out of town, contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We frequently see patients from surrounding cities such as Buffalo and Syracuse NY.

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Quatela Center
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The Quatela Center's reputation as one of New York's finest cosmetic plastic surgery practices attracts patients to Rochester from throughout the state. Choose one of the locations below for driving directions to our practice.

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The Lindsay House

973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000

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