Eyelid Surgery

If you have issues with sagging or droopy eyelids that make your eyes look tired or puffy you may wonder if there’s anything you can do. For many, getting enough rest and even using various eye creams doesn’t help the appearance of the excess skin or bags under your eyes. At New Image Plastic Surgery in Virginia, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside offers eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, to address issues of eyelid laxity to help your eyes have a rejuvenated look.

This cosmetic procedure can give your eyes a more youthful appearance while also helping to enhance your peripheral vision. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon (ASPS), over 211,000 eyelid surgeries were performed in 2019.

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. To schedule a comprehensive consultation, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page or give us a call at 703-742-8004 today. We have two convenient offices in Reston and McLean, Virginia to serve those who live in the Virginia and Washington D.C. areas.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that removes the excess skin and fat on the upper and lower eyelids. When you age, the structures around your eyes weaken. When this happens fat may begin to bulge below your eyes creating bags under your eyes and hanging skin appearing on the upper eyelids.

Not only can this condition cause your eyes to appear aged, but it can also cause vision problems as well.

Blepharoplasty can help improve vision and the appearance of eyes for those affected by:

  • Sagging or drooping upper eyelids
  • Excess skin on upper eyelids
  • Excess skin on lower eyelids
  • Bags or puffy skin below the eyes
  • Wrinkling below and around the eyes

It’s important to note that blepharoplasty is not a cure for crow’s feet, frown lines, or drooping eyebrows. These kinds of conditions require a different cosmetic 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 or fillers or neurotoxins (ie, Botox) in conjunction with blepharoplasty for enhanced results.

Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

As with any plastic surgery procedure, there are certain qualifications to be a good candidate to have a safe and effective procedure. Blepharoplasty does not require a significant recovery period, but some physical limitations and special considerations will be necessary to avoid complications. Dr. Gartside will discuss this with you in greater detail during your initial eyelid lift consultation.

Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty include those who:

  • Are in generally good physical and mental health
  • Are free of serious eye conditions
  • Don’t smoke
  • Have wrinkles or excess skin around your eyelids
  • Loose skin around the eye which cause difficulty seeing
  • Wish to be free of droopy, baggy eyelids from either or both eyelids
  • Are prepared for a facial plastic surgery procedure

It’s important to be open about your medical history, any allergies, or pre-existing conditions you may have. This allows Dr. Gartside to determine if this procedure is safe for you and to help her prepare for your surgery so that you can experience the best results.

Preparing for the Blepharoplasty Procedure

If it’s determined that you’re a candidate for blepharoplasty and you want to get a head start on preparing for your procedure, your best bet is to listen to the doctor. Dr. Gartside will have a lot of instructions about what you can and can’t do, eat, and drink in the weeks leading up to your surgery.

To help prepare for your recovery period, there are also a few things you can do to make your return home more comfortable. These include:

  • Purchasing cold compresses and eye drops
  • Planning how you’re going to get your post-surgery medication
  • Having some entertainment ready that doesn’t require the use of your eyes
  • Finding someone to drive you home after the surgery
  • Finding someone to help take care of you after the surgery

Potential Risks of Eyelid Surgery

All surgeries have some risk, and blepharoplasty is no exception. While Dr. Gartside and her professional staff will do everything they can to reduce those risks down to zero, there’s always some chance that complications from the surgery will occur.

Eyelid surgery has a small risk of:

  • Infection
  • Temporary bruising and swelling
  • Trouble closing eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Dry eyes
  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty producing tears
  • Scarring

Minor eye problems after surgery are temporary and to be expected. But if you begin experiencing alarming symptoms soon after your procedure, you should get in touch with Dr. Gartside’s office as soon as possible.

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

The blepharoplasty procedure is completed in about two hours if Dr. Gartside is operating on both of your eyes. An anesthetist 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 and fat are 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. If appropriate, certain individuals may only require local anesthesia.

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

Contact Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Today

Dr. Roberta Gartside is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience. A past Vice President for Membership and Communications for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Gartside’s dedication to the art and science of aesthetic surgery is seen in every procedure she performs.

When you come to our office for your initial consultation, Dr. Gartside will take time to understand your concerns and honestly answer any questions about blepharoplasty you may have. Working with you individually, Dr. Gartside will customize your treatment options to help you reach all of your cosmetic goals.

Dr. Gartside serves D.C. and Virginia from our offices in Reston and McLean. If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery, please contact New Image Plastic Surgery online or call 703-742-8004 today.