Blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of puffy or baggy eyes. It offers a more youthful, rested look and is ideal for patients who struggle with sagging eyelids, even when they’re well rested and have used various eye creams. If you suffer from baggy or saggy eyes, it may be time to give blepharoplasty a look.

The best way to determine if blepharoplasty is the right procedure to achieve your aesthetic goals is to speak with Dr. Roberta Gartside in person. Please call (888) 730-4113 today to arrange a comprehensive consultation with Washington, DC plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside.

What Does Blepharoplasty Address?

Blepharoplasty is the preferred procedure of patients whose eyelids remain baggy, puffy, or saggy, even with plenty of rest and topical treatments. It gives the eyes a more rested, younger-looking appearance.

Note that blepharoplasty is not a cure for crow’s feet, frown lines, or drooping eyebrows. These kinds of conditions require a different approach, which Dr. Gartside will discuss with you at the time of your consultation.

In some cases, Dr. Gartside may recommend a brow lift or a facelift in conjunction with blepharoplasty for enhanced results.

What Is the Blepharoplasty Procedure Like?

The blepharoplasty procedure is completed in about two hours if Dr. Gartside is operating on both of your eyes. Our staff will administer either intravenous or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the surgery. Dr. Gartside will then make incisions along the natural contours of your eyelids in order to separate the underlying fat and muscle from the skin itself. Next, excess skin, fat, and muscle is removed to eliminate that puffy or sagging look, and the skin will be gently pulled taut. Finally, Dr. Gartside will suture the incisions, and you’ll be moved to our recovery area.

Because blepharoplasty is major surgery, and because you’ll have been anesthetized, we require that you prepare for blepharoplasty by getting a friend of family member drive you home. You’ll be discharged with home care instructions and, if appropriate, pain medications.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Candidates for blepharoplasty should be in generally good health and have realistic aesthetic goals. If you can answer yes to all or most of the following questions, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty:

  • Are you a non-smoker?
  • Are you in generally good physical and mental health?
  • Are you free of serious eye conditions?
  • Do you have wrinkles or excess skin around your eyelids?
  • Does loose skin around the eye ever cause you difficulty seeing?
  • Do you wish to be free of droopy, baggy eyelids from either or both eyelids?

Dr. Gartside will assess your medical history and discuss all of the details of the procedure with you at your consultation. If for some reason you aren’t a good candidate for the surgery, she will help you explore other options like dermal fillers.

Please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates online or by phone at (888) 730-4113 today to schedule your initial eyelid surgery consultation. Dr. Roberta Gartside serves patients in Reston, Fairfax, McLean, and throughout the Washington DC area.