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 board-certified 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 had a tighten eye .. - I had a tighten eye lid surgery a one year. Dr. Poindexter not only did wonderful job, but also kind, patient, and care after surgery. He makes me feel confident and young again. I strongly recommend anyone who is consider a cosmetic surgery, choose Dr. Poindexter and his whole team."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 01, 2016
"Dr. Weston produced awesome results! Love him! - I am thoroughly satisfied with my surgery! I love Dr. Weston. When I initially went in for a consultation, I wanted to get rid of the sad, drawn look that age and recent life events had produced. All I wanted was to get rid of my turkey neck and my jowls. But Dr. Weston and his nurse suggested a lower eye lift, explaining that otherwise the surgery would look half-done. They had an..."- J.D. / RateMDs / Sep 19, 2017
"Upper/Lower Blepharoplasty - Reston, VA - I consulted with Dr. Weston who recommended upper and lower blepharoplasty. Scheduling was easy, and everyone was very caring. I was originally going to have this done by an eye doctor, under local anesthesia. However, I read horror stories about eye doctors who do this procedure and screw it up. I'd rather trust my face to someone who does this for a living, and also who does this under general anesthesia. Dr. Weston was highly reviewed and recommended."- J. / RateMDs / Jan 21, 2013
"32y/o 5'7, 145 Pounds, 339 Allergan Moderate Plus, Crease Incision, Unders - Reston, VA - Dr. Knotts: Not only is he easy on the eyes, but he is amazing. He is genuine and truly cares about his patients. He takes the time to explain things in great detail, without rushing and without being pushy. I instantly felt comfortable with him. Working in the healthcare field, infection was my number 1 concern. He explained down to every tiny detail, the precautions he takes both inside and outside of the OR. He is a true artist, and has great talent. But above all of that, he is receptive, responsive and intuitive. I have had several appointments, and it's like he can read my mind! He will answer many of my questions before I even ask. He never makes me feel like I'm bothering him or that my concerns are silly. He called my husband the night of my surgery to check on me, and is always prompt with correspondence. I could not recommend him enough. He is absolutely excellent."- K. / RateMDs / May 09, 2016
"Upper/Lower Blepharoplasty - Reston, VA - I consulted with Dr. Weston who recommended upper and lower blepharoplasty. Scheduling was easy, and everyone was very caring. I was originally going to have this done by an eye doctor, under local anesthesia. However, I read horror stories about eye doctors who do this procedure and screw it up. I'd rather trust my face to someone who does this for a living, and also who does this under general anesthesia. Dr. Weston was highly reviewed and recommended."- J. / RealSelf / Jan 21, 2013
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 board-certified 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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