Blepharoplasty is a common plastic surgery procedure performed by an oculoplastic surgeon to remove excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. The procedure is also done to remove eyelid bags and improve the appearance of dark circles that can make someone like tired or older than they feel.
An oculoplastic surgeon is a true eyelid specialist. This is a specialized, dynamic field of medicine that combines the microsurgery of ophthalmology with the cosmetic principles of plastic surgery to offer the best aesthetic results for patients looking to improve the appearance of their eyes. Oculoplastic surgeons perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and brows along with plastic surgery of the orbit and tear duct. They also offer aesthetic rejuvenation of the face with Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Belotero, Voluma, Volbella, Kybella, and chemical peels.
The training to become an oculoplastic surgeon involved four years of premedical education in college, followed by four years of medical school. After a one year preliminary internship in medicine or surgery, an oculoplastic surgeon will complete three years of ophthalmology training in general eye surgery. Finally, a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery is completed under the direction of The American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).
The recovery after blepharoplasty can be straightforward if certain instructions are followed. Rest and ice to the eyelids help to decrease swelling, bruising, and inflammation. Antibiotic ointment (erythromycin or bacitracin) is used to prevent infection. This is placed on the stitches and in the eye. The herbal supplement Arnica can be used to help the body break down bruises on the face.
Dr. Samuel Baharestani is an oculoplastic surgeon at SightMD. He offers cosmetic consultations at three locations – Smithtown, Riverhead, and Garden City in Long Island, New York.
Dr. Baharestani attended New York University’s College of Arts and Science where he majored in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Economics. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He completed his schooling at New York University’s School of Medicine and was selected to complete his preliminary internship in medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Dr. Baharestani’s ophthalmology training was done at NYU Langone Medical Center, Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital. He completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Eye Institute.
Dr. Baharestani is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and is board certified by the AmericanBoard of Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the Long Island Ophthalmological Society.