Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) addresses signs of aging and fatigue around the eyes, reducing creases, wrinkles, hollows, heaviness, and bagginess. Both the upper and lower eyelids can benefit from the procedure, and because the eyes are a focal point of the face, patients tend to get very noticeable improvement in their overall appearance.
A consultation about eyelid surgery at my Fairfax and Northern Virginia -area practice will help determine whether the procedure can accomplish your aesthetic goals. During your visit, I will conduct an examination and go over your eye health history to ensure you are a good candidate for the surgery. You will have time to talk about the specific features you want to address and learn about your likely outcome. Throughout your appointment and at any point along the way, my team and I will be available to answer your questions and ensure that you are comfortable with the treatment plan.
When to Consider Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery offers Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients a high degree of aesthetic improvement by targeting the most noticeable signs of aging. Also, it can restore the shape of the eyes, which may have actually altered over time. As the eyelid ligaments relax, the eyes become more rounded and their corners migrate towards one another. Eyelid surgery can tighten the lateral eyelid to restore a more youthful almond shape.
You might benefit from eyelid surgery if:
- Your upper or lower eyelids have excess skin and fat, a heavy appearance, or a wrinkled texture.
- Creases on the eyelids are causing the makeup you apply to smear, aging your appearance further.
- You want to eliminate bulging, bagginess, or deep hollows around the eyes.
Eyelid surgery offers rejuvenation rather than stark change. Your eyes will still look like your own—only restored to a more youthful state. The procedure is very common, well established, and offers a manageable recovery.
What to Expect with Eyelid Surgery
You will have a follow-up visit at my Fairfax and Northern Virginia -area practice after your initial consultation, which will allow you to schedule your procedure, ask any additional questions you may have, and receive post-operative instructions.
On the day of your surgery, an anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia so that you sleep through the experience. With upper eyelid surgery, I will:
- Remove excess skin to give your eyelids a smoother appearance.
- Reduce bulging by eliminating areas of fat.
- Add fat to fill in hollow areas and to return a youthful contour to the eyes.
With lower eyelid surgery, I can:
- Draw up the bottom eyelid to cover more of the eye if needed.
- Revise skin and fat to create a smoother, younger-looking appearance.
- Focus on shaping a smooth transition between the lower eyelid and cheek to give the face a natural and graceful contour.
Typically, upper eyelid surgery for my Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients takes about 1.5 hours. Lower eyelid surgery takes about an hour, and conducting surgery on both sets of eyelids requires about two hours. You can expect to go home after the procedure and to have follow-up visits at my practice as part of your post-operative care.
Recovering from Eyelid Surgery
You will have about 10 days of downtime following surgery. Between days three and five, I will remove the stitches and review the surgical sites to ensure that you are progressing well in your recovery. After day ten, you can likely conceal the treatment areas with makeup, though the sites may still be slightly pink, bruised, or swollen.
Because I will place my incisions in the crease of the eyelids, they will be much less noticeable over time. Scars tend to fade over a period of 4-6 months and become almost invisible. At that point, you should be able to enjoy an appearance that is more youthful and rested.
If excess skin and fat around your eyes are aging your features, explore eyelid surgery with Dr. Jespersen in Fairfax and Northern Virginia. Schedule a consultation by calling (703) 992-7969 or completing the contact form.