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Arlington, VA 22205
Advanced Plastic Surgery Center Dr. Talal Munasifi Dr. James Economides

Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic Upper or Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery) – Arlington, VA*

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About Eyelid Surgery

The eyes are a unique aspect of the face that deserve to be seen; however, an abundance of skin on top or around the eyes can render an unflattering look. Arlington, VA plastic surgeons Dr. Talal Munasifi and Dr. James Economides perform blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) to lift and tighten the upper and/or lower eyelid, creating a look that appears softer and rejuvenated. Countless men and women have eyelid surgery at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center to correct sagging skin, leading to improved function and appearance. Whether upper and/or lower, eyelid surgery creates a softer, younger appearance and can produce subtle yet striking improvements. Call our office in Arlington, VA to schedule a consultation today to learn more about eyelid surgery.

Surgical Technique

Blepharoplasty typically takes about 1 – 2 hours, depending upon the extent of the areas being treated. Eyelid surgery may be done on the upper eyelid alone, on the bottom portion, or a combination of both treatments.

  • Upper
    Upper blepharoplasty assists in reducing loose skin that droops over the eye to create a more flattering look. An incision is made in the natural crease of the upper lid toward the corner of the eye. Excess skin and fat are then removed. Once healed, the scar is not noticeable when the eye is open.
  • Lower
    Lower blepharoplasty is performed to reduce bulging, bloated skin underneath the lower eyelid. The incision is made just below the lash line toward the corner of the eye and is hidden by the lower eyelashes when healed. Fat is also removed through these incisions using electrocauterization to minimize bleeding.

What to Expect

After some time in our recovery room, you will be cleared to go home. Cold compresses should be applied to the eye area for the first 24 – 48 hours to minimize bruising and swelling. The stitches will be removed in about 4 – 7 days. You might experience some intermittent tearing, burning, and dryness of the eyes. We will provide you with eye drops to speed healing and ease discomfort. Swelling and bruising may persist for up to ten days, but women can begin wearing makeup to help conceal these symptoms after about five days. Dr. Munasifi will provide a prescription for pain medication but over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient. You should sleep upright on your back for the first few nights to help reduce swelling. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for six weeks but light exercise can be resumed after two weeks. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled accordingly but do not hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas does blepharoplasty treat?
Blepharoplasty can correct a number of signs of aging around the eyes, including:

  • Excess skin that covers the natural fold of the upper eyelids
  • Loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelids, especially along the sides
  • A tired, puffy appearance of the upper eyelids
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
  • Bags or dark circles under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal excessive “white” of the eyes

What procedures complement blepharoplasty?
Patients often combine a brow lift with blepharoplasty for an overall rejuvenation of the upper portion of the face. A brow lift is especially ideal if you have horizontal forehead creases, or your eyebrows have lowered on your forehead. If you wish to address signs of aging on the entire face, then a facelift may be added to your blepharoplasty. Nonsurgical treatments such as laser skin resurfacing can also be added to correct fine lines and wrinkles.

What kind of anesthesia is required for blepharoplasty?
In most cases, general anesthesia is used. Blepharoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day. Anesthesia is administered by a seasoned anesthesiologist. You will need to have a responsible adult drive you home. Also ask us about our car services.

How long does blepharoplasty last?
The results from eyelid surgery can last 10 – 12 years, but even though they are long lasting, the aging process does not stop. To continue to enhance your surgical outcomes, nonsurgical treatments at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center such as injections, fillers, and lasers can be paired to create a glowing appearance.

When can I return to work after blepharoplasty?
You can return to work within 4 – 5 days but swelling and bruising may still be noticeable. Makeup can be used to cover bruising after about 7 – 10 days. These symptoms typically subside within two weeks.

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Average Cost  
$4,100 - $6,000
Recovery Time  
1 Week
Average Procedure Time  
1 Week
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
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If you have vision impairment due to excess skin on the upper eyelid, or suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then cosmetic eyelid surgery at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center may be right for you. This treatment can help you look younger and more alert. We invite you to call our office in Arlington, VA to make a consultation with Dr. Talal Munasifi or Dr. James Economides.

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