Dr. Guarino specializes in blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, and offers this procedure to clients in Allentown, PA. Eyelid surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat in order to improve the appearance of the upper and/or lower eyelids and create a more youthful look. Common conditions treated with eyelid surgery include puffiness, loose or sagging eyelids, wrinkles and permanent bags under the eyes. In some cases, eyelid surgery is even used to improve vision impaired by drooping eyelids. This procedure is recommended for healthy individuals over 35 without serious eye conditions.
Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"I highly recommend Dr. Guarino and staff! I’ve been going to him for several years for lip injections as he’s the best around. He takes his time to understand what result you want but he also makes sure it’s something that you won’t regret! I love his work so much I went and got a long overdue blepharoplasty in May 2021 and I couldn’t be happier with my results. If you’re thinking of doing any treatment or surgery I would 100% recommend you look no further. Thank you Dr. Guarino and staff for making me feel more beautiful and confident!"- A.R. / Google / Jul 29, 2021
"I highly recommend Dr. Guarino and staff! I’ve been going to him for several years for lip injections as he’s the best around. He takes his time to understand what result you want but he also makes sure it’s something that you won’t regret! I love his work so much I went and got a long overdue blepharoplasty in May 2021 and I couldn’t be happier with my results. If you’re thinking of doing any treatment or surgery I would 100% recommend you look no further. Thank you Dr. Guarino and staff for making me feel more beautiful and confident!"- A.R. / Google / Aug 19, 2021
"Diamond Glow treatment. I highly recommend! The Diamond Glow gives you immediate results - so hydrated, soft and plump! Overall my skin has felt smoother, clearer and glowing. I noticed under my eyes looks brighter. Thank you Samantha."- M.G. / Google / Aug 19, 2021
"Office review - prepared me with all of the necessary details - I had a blepharoplasty procedure back in December with Dr. Guarino. The experience was wonderful. His staff prepared me with all of the necessary details about preparation and recovery. Dr. Guarino is extremely precise and is truly an artist. His bedside manner is wonderful, which helped ease my anxiety and made me feel very comfortable. I highly recommend him and his team and will use him for any future procedures."- F. / RealSelf / Jun 05, 2023
"Dr Guarino is #1 in the field. I had blepharoplasty in august 2023. He listened to all of my concerns with honesty and patience! I am so happy with the results! Ty dr!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Oct 03, 2023
Upper Eyelid Surgery
During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural fold of the lid and extended outward. The incision will go out as wide as possible so that additional skin folds on the outside of the upper eye can also be addressed. Once the incision is made, excess skin, tissue and, in some cases, a small portion of the orbicularis occuli muscle are removed. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures and the scar remains almost completely hidden because of where it resides in the natural crease.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the bottom of the lash line. This allows the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue. In patients who have puffy lower eyelids but good skin tone, an approach known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be performed. This technique puts the incision inside the lower eyelid rather than outside. Patients who have dark circles under their eyes will sometimes have a deficiency of fat in these areas. Injectables can be used to help fill these soft-tissue deficiencies and can improve the appearance of these circles.
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. It generally takes up to 2 hours for both the upper and lower eyelids to be addressed. Following surgery, the area around the eyes will be bruised and swollen. Patients should apply ice packs, keep their heads elevated, and apply medicated eye ointment for a few days. Patients comment on the fact that friends and family tell them they look great, but often can’t put a finger on what is different. These subtle, yet dramatic results restore a softer, more youthful appearance.
The cost for eyelid surgery varies for each patient and will fluctuate depending on whether both the upper and lower eyelids were addressed. Patients who undergo a full blepharoplasty, which includes both the upper and lower eyelids, will pay on average between $3,000-$7,000. In some patients where the upper eyelid skin obstructs the view, a portion of the surgery may be covered by medical insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,300 - $4,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
After surgery, scarring will not be visible because of where the incisions are placed. In the upper eyelid, the incision follows the natural crease of the eye. The lower eyelid incision will run just under the eyelashes or inside the eyelid. Scarring will be inconspicuous.
Eyelid surgery will reduce puffy bags and excess skin and may help contribute to some minimization of crow’s feet. However, to truly treat crow’s feet, one will need a different approach. BOTOX® injections and procedures such as a browlift, are better options to help eliminate crow’s feet.
Irritation After Surgery?
Some patients will experience dryness and minimal irritation following surgery. If these occur, we can recommend ointments and eye drops to assist during the healing phase. Patients should protect their eyes against wind and sun irritation for the first several months by wearing dark sunglasses.
If anything, eyelid surgery actually helps improve the vision for many patients. Not only does it restore a fresh, younger look from a cosmetic standpoint, it eliminates the excess skin that may have been impairing vision. It is important to select a skilled surgeon who has expertise with eyelid surgery. We take great care during this surgery so that the eyes themselves are left untouched and unharmed.