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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Surgeon Northern Virginia | Fairfax VA

Eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure aimed at rejuvenating the appearance of upper, lower or both eyelids. The surgery involves removal of loose skin and muscle from the eyelids. In some cases, only the excess skin may be removed, while in others excess fat may also be removed or redistributed, apart from muscle tightening.

Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing eyelid surgery and other procedures. With her advanced training and experience in facial surgeries, Dr. V is in the best position to perform a sensitive procedure such as blepharoplasty, which involves the eyes. Dr. V receives patients from Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and surrounding communities.

Ideal Candidates

Individuals who are unhappy with the older or tired look of their eyes due to skin and muscle laxity or excess fat deposits in the upper or lower or both eyelids may make terrific candidates for blepharoplasty procedure.

Some patients who complain of vision obstruction due to heavy upper lids, or those who suffer from ptosis condition will also benefit from eyelid surgery. The candidate should not be suffering from an eye infection or another health condition that could cause problems during surgery or recovery period.


The blepharoplasty procedure cannot stop the aging process of the eyes, but it can produce fairly sustainable and long-lasting results. In case of upper eyelid surgery, the patient can enjoy rejuvenated appearance of the eyes for at least five to seven years, and in some cases, up to an entire lifetime. Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be performed a second time during the patient’s lifetime.

Even when both upper and lower eyelid procedures are performed together, the duration of the surgery will be less than two hours. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and oral sedation. Major complications from cosmetic blepharoplasty are rare. Each year thousands of patients receive this surgery with successful results.


Upper Blepharoplasty

The surgeon will place the incision within the natural fold of the upper eyelid to keep the scar inconspicuous. The scar may extend slightly beyond the outside corner of the eye into other existing creases. Loose skin and fatty tissue will be excised through the incision to make the eyelids appear tighter and reduce the puffiness in the upper lids.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid surgery may be performed from outside as a traditional procedure, or through the inside of the lower eyelid with a technique called transconjunctival blepharoplasty. Scarring is invisible when this internal incision technique is used. Loose skin and fat will be excised or fat can be redistributed through the incision. Muscle laxity may also be corrected by removing loose muscle. Laser technique may also be combined with lower blepharoplasty for more targeted results.

Functional Blepharoplasty

If the upper eyelid is heavily droopy, resulting in vision obstruction or difficulty in wearing contact lenses or glasses, the surgeon may perform a functional eyelid surgery. This can restore full vision as well as achieve aesthetic benefits for the patient.

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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