What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a popular procedure at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA. Our plastic surgeons perform this procedure on men and women who wish to improve the signs of aging that appear around the eyes. Blepharoplasty can be done on the upper and/or lower eyelids to rejuvenate the skin, fat and/or muscle. The result is a more refreshed and revitalized look.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for eyelid surgery?
The best candidates for eyelid surgery:
- Have signs of aging around the eyes
- Have droopy, droopy or sagging eyelid skin as a result of aging or genetics
- Have bags under the eyes
- Desire a more refreshed, rejuvenated eyelid appearance
- Desire a natural look
Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"I’m way overdue for a review.I can’t say enough from this facility, the nurses and the sells ladies are just wonderful and my doctor Segal has the best bedside manner! My procedure was under eyes which have bothered me since a teenager."- J.P. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2020
"Neck lift, mid face lift, upper and lower Bleph, left brow lift. - Hi all. I had all the above with some lipo done two days ago. I have NO bruising, just swelling. Loving the results already. Several tight spots, numb spots and sore spots but that's to be expected. Was able to shower the next day but opted to stay in bed, icing my face with frozen baby diapers and cold gauze pads on my eyes. I stayed overnight at the facility which I highly recommend. I can't imagine having to go home being "out of it". I have only had one Oxi for pain and have been primarily using Tylenol for pain and Gabapentin for the nerves. Will continue to post updates but am super pleased. My left side is more swollen since I had more done. Will continue to post pics...Recommend chapstick and a Listerine breath strip post op LOL. Mouth is super dry after surgery and I was dying for some minty freshness.PS recommend frozen baby diapers to wrap around your face. This was super clever and helped a lot. I got Target brand #2 baby diapers and wet about a dozen the night before surgery. They are waterproof and help to keep your face cool. I also bought a wedge pillow and a travel neck pillow to keep my body elevated and comfy while I sleep. This worked out really well. Lastly, kept a cup of ice water next to the bed so I can soak 4x4 gauze pads to put on my eyes. HEAVEN!!!"- T. / RealSelf / Jan 07, 2021
"Best in Class - Dr. Weston was the best. Best at all aspects of the surgical process...He was very extremely good at explaining what needed to be done to improve and enhance my eyes and face and how the actual surgery would be conducted, and best of all, he was superb at delivering on results that i was happy with--a total refresh of my face. I had total confidence in him and it was well-founded. As an added plus, he has a great sense of humor!"- W. / RealSelf / Jan 13, 2021
"I have always had nice skin and have looked younger than my real age. However, after weight loss my neck and jaw line were not the same. I lost some volume in my cheeks and I was just not seeing me in the mirror any longer. I had several non-surgical procedures done at Austin-Weston, so I knew when it came time to have cosmetic surgery I was at the right practice. Each staff member has a warm and caring personality. Dr. Sigal is an amazing surgeon with a delightful bedside manner. He answered all my questions, was kind and gave me realistic expectations. I really felt comfortable with him so in October of 2020, I had cosmetic surgery. I had a face lift (cheek and neck), trans-conjunctival blepharoplasty, upper lid blepharoplasty, and fat grafting in various parts of my face. I opted to stay in one of the beautiful and comfortable overnight rooms after surgery. The post-op was much better than I had imaged. I had a wonderful caretaker at home, my wonderful spouse who was very supportive of the entire process. He understood that I needed to do this for me. Ninety days later, with most everything settled, I am so overjoyed with my results. I look fresher and I see me in the mirror. I feel beautiful again! Thank you Dr. Sigal for making me feel whole again! Also, I would like to mention some other staff members that helped me through this process. Wilma, was my surgical coordinator. The day of my pre-op, she was wonderful to me. She went over all the information, answered all my questions and gave me helpful tips. I apologize, but I can’t remember the name of my anesthesiologist, but she was so great walking me through all the steps. She even stopped by the next morning to check on me before I left. All the nurses that assisted Dr. Sigal during the procedure were so kind. Chelsea, was my private nurse who took such great after care of me while staying overnight. I highly recommend Dr. Sigal, he is amazing!"- D.S. / Google / Jan 25, 2021
"Amazing Results. Empathetic/Compassionate Surgeon - After losing 180#s I had enough lose skin for a while other person! I have had a fleur de lis lower body lift, braline back lift and breast lift. My results are phenomenal! Dr Knotts has walked me through every procedure, his bedside manner is wonderful. He’s never once rolled his eyes at my dumb questions. I can not say enough good things about him."- J. / RealSelf / Jun 27, 2021
What can I Expect during eyelid surgery?
Upper Eyelid Surgery
For upper eyelid surgery, one of the components to consider is the position of the brow. If the brow is low, our plastic surgeons may recommend having a brow lift at the same time.
Assuming the brow is in good position, upper eyelid surgery focuses on the extra skin, muscle and fat of the upper eyelid. The incision is placed in the natural eyelid crease and is extended outward as far as necessary to address the skin folds located outside the upper lid. Through this incision, your plastic surgeon will treat the extra muscle and/or fat as necessary, and then the skin is closed with sutures that need to be removed 5-7 days after surgery. Upper eyelid surgery may have some bruising and swelling but most patients can go back to work in a week. Depending on ethnicity, variations in the surgical plan can be made to alter or create an eyelid crease as well. This is sometimes known as 'double eyelid surgery' in Asian patients.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
For lower eyelid surgery, there are 2 main options regarding the incision. For patients with only bags but tight lower eyelid skin, the incision is placed inside the lower eyelid. This procedure is also known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. There is no external scar underneath the lower eyelashes.
For a traditional lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision is placed just below the lower eyelashes and through this incision, the lower eye bags can be addressed. Excess skin can also be removed using a traditional lower eyelid surgery.
For patients with minimal bags, no extra lower eyelid skin, and just hollow circles, the noninvasive lower eyelid procedure of using filler or fat grafting can also have great results.
Call for an appointment with one of our plastic surgeons to find out which procedure fits your needs. In general, patients considering lower eyelid surgery take at least one week off work and those having filler alone can go back to work the same day.
Upper and Lower BLEPHAROPLASTY
Many patients show signs of aging in both the upper and lower eyelids and choose to have both addressed at the same time. This is a safe and effective option for patients wanting to maximize results with a single recovery period.
What are the Anticipated Results after eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia in our accredited surgical facility. For isolated upper eyelid surgery, some patients choose to have this done under just local anesthesia.
After surgery, patients can expect the eyelids to be bruised and swollen, which is helped with ice packs, medicated eye ointments or eye drops, and elevating the head. These symptoms should last a few days. Eyelid recovery is usually easy for most patients and normal activities can be resumed within a week. Some patients have bruising for longer and need coverup makeup to get back to work at the 1-week mark.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $5,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-4 Weeks
Revitalize Your Eyes
No longer should you allow your eyes to age you beyond your years. Find out what procedures are right for you to eliminate the signs of facial aging. When you’re ready to transform your eyes and overall appearance, please feel free to set up a consultation to learn more about eyelid surgery.
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