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Blepharoplasty | Eyelid Surgery | Plastic Surgery | Northern VirginiaEyelid droopiness can occur due to aging, hereditary reasons, sun exposure, or other factors. In some cases, the ptosis or drooping of the upper eyelid may occur by birth. Both men and women may receive blepharoplasty or eyelid lift surgery for the upper or lower eyelids to rejuvenate their facial appearance and make the eyes appear more rested and alert.

The Virginia Institute of Surgical Arts, led by board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) provides state of the art eyelid lift surgery treatments. Dr. V receives patients from Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and other locations.

Defining Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is an upper or lower eyelid surgery procedure that involves removal of loose skin, tightening of underlying muscle, and in some cases, reduction or redistribution of fat. Some patients may need only removal of excess skin to restore a more youthful appearance of the eyes, while some others may require muscle tightening. Depending on the patient’s condition, the surgeon will recommend whether upper or lower eyelid surgery or a combination of the two may be needed to achieve best results.

Good Candidates

In most cases, patients who suffer from one or more of the following eye conditions may be suitable candidates for lower or upper blepharoplasty:

  • Appearance of bulges or bags underneath the lower eyelids
  • Excess skin causing skin folds on upper eyelids
  • Dark circles or shadows appearing around the eyes
  • Both lower and upper eyelids are droopy or baggy
  • Occurrence of vision obstruction due to excess tissue

Patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive lower and upper blepharoplasty procedures from Dr. V.

Upper Eyelid Procedure

The upper eyelid tissue may stretch due to loss of natural skin elasticity. The upper eyelids may appear puffy, giving a tired or angry look. Upper eyelid surgery procedure can performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia and IV sedation to restore a rested and youthful appearance of the eyes.

In the upper eyelid surgery procedure, an incision will be placed along with the contour of the eyelid crease. The goal is to keep any potential scar inconspicuous as far as possible. The surgeon will remove the excess skin through the incision to make the upper eyelid appear smoother. Fine sutures will be used to close the incisions after the procedure.

Lower Eyelid Procedure

Lower eyelid surgery can reduce the rough and wrinkled appearance of the lower eyelids by tightening the weak tissue and underlying muscle. The surgeon will begin the procedure with an incision either on the skin or inside the eyelid to remove loose skin. Puffy bags beneath the eyes can be eliminated with this surgery. Incisions will be placed right below the eyelid margin to keep the potential scarring inconspicuous.

Following eyelid surgery, most patients are able to return to work within seven to 10 days. The surgeon will recommend sun protection for the eyes for at least three to four months following the procedure.

For more infomation please contact Dr. V. Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, known to her patients as “Dr. V,” is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures in Northern Virginia, Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, Warrenton, Fauquier, Arlington, Manassas, Middleburg, Prince William, and other areas.

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