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Blepharoplasty - Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

Reston, Fairfax, McLean, Virginia - Washington, D.C.


Eyelid surgery is commonly referred to as an eyelift or blepharoplasty.  This is the procedure for our patients who have used eye creams, have gotten plenty of rest, but still have puffy, tired and baggy eyes. The eyelid surgery procedure removes excess skin from the upper eyelids and reduces the look of bagginess on lower eyelids.  Eyelid surgery is generally for men and women over the age of 35, but due to heredity, some men and women may seek this type of surgery at an earlier age.  Eyelid surgery gives a smoother, more rested and youthful appearance to the eye area.  Blepharoplasty does not remove crow’s feet, drooping eyebrows or frown lines.  If our patient is seeking to have these conditions improved, Dr. Gartside will discuss our patient’s options during their initial consultation. 


Upon discussing realistic goals of eyelid surgery during the initial consultation, our patient will be screened to see if he or she is a fit candidate for the blepharoplasty procedure. Some of the qualifications to be a good candidate for blepharoplasty are as follows:

  • A non-smoker
  • Individuals with no serious eye conditions
  • In general good physical health
  • In good mental health and have realistic expectations
  • Patients with wrinkles or excess skin around the eyelids
  • Patients who experience difficulty seeing due to loose or excess skin obstructing the vision from the upper eyelids
  • Patients who have a desire to rid themselves of droopy or baggy eyelids and fatty eyelid pockets from the upper or lower eyelids, or both eyelids


On the day of our patient’s procedure, anesthesia will be administered for comfort during eyelid surgery.  Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia will be used and will be discussed prior to the procedure.  If both eyelids are being performed on during the procedure, it will generally take around two hours.  Virginia cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gartside will make incision along the natural lines of our patient’s eyelids and then will separate the skin from the underlying tissue.  Dr. Gartside will then remove the excess skin, fat and muscle that are creating the droopy or baggy effect on our patient’s eyelids.  The incisions will be closed using small sutures that will remain in the upper eyelids for three to six days.  The lower lids may or may not require sutures to be used, depending on the procedure that Dr. Gartside uses.  This will be discussed with our patient prior to the day of the procedure. 


Upon completion of eyelid surgery, a nurse will monitor our patient in a recovery area.  Healing varies from patient to patient.  It is required that our patient have a friend or family member drive them home after the procedure and stay with them the night of the procedure.  Dr. Gartside will recommend what pain medications can be taken, because certain pain or anti-inflammatory medications may increase bleeding.  Dr. Gartside may recommend that our patient use ice packs on their eyes to reduce swelling and bruising. Proper sun protection will help maintain our patient’s rejuvenated appearance.  Your vision may be blurry for a few days following the procedure: eye drops may help reduce any burning or itching associated with the healing process.  It is important that our patient wear eye protection during the first several days of healing if going outside.  This will help our patient keep dirt, dust and sunlight from irritating the recovery area.  Please keep in mind that a continued relationship with Dr. Roberta Gartside is important for a successful recovery.


For more information about blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery contact our Virginia cosmetic surgeon to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation!  Serving the metro Washington, D.C. area including Reston, Fairfax, and McLean Virginia.