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What is Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery?)

Blepharoplasty | Eyelid Surgery | Plastic Surgery | Northern VirginiaBlepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to enhance the appearance of upper or lower eyelids, or both. People who are unhappy with the tired or old look of their eyes may consider this procedure to gain a rejuvenated eye appearance. Eyes constitute a very important aesthetic component of the face. Therefore, aesthetic improvement in the eye appearance can help make the patient’s face appear younger and refreshed.

Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) is a board certified facial plastic surgeon, who is an expert for various face related and other procedures. Dr. V provides blepharoplasty to patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and nearby areas.


Blepharoplasty can provide the following benefits to a patient:

  • Puffiness in the upper eyelids, which may occur due to excess fat deposits, can be corrected with blepharoplasty.
  • Wrinkles, lines and loose skin around the lower eyelids can be reduced with lower eyelid surgery.
  • Upper eyelid contour can be enhanced, improving aesthetics as well as vision.
  • Bags under the eyes can be removed or reduced.
  • Saggy lower eyelids can be rejuvenated with lower eyelid blepharoplasty.

Who is a Suitable Candidate?

Dr. V will carefully examine various factors before recommending upper or lower eyelid surgery to patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and other areas. Any adult with healthy facial muscle and tissue, who is unhappy with the tired or old appearance of the eyes, may be a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty. Patient should ideally be a non-smoker, and should not be suffering from a serious eye ailment that could hinder the surgery.

Surgical Procedure

Blepharoplasty procedure may be performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. A skilled surgeon will be able to hide the incisions within the natural eyelid structure to minimize scar visibility. If the upper eyelid is droopy, the surgeon will remove excess fat and loose skin through an incision, and tighten the underlying tissue.

In case of a lower eyelid surgery, the incision will be made just below the lower lash line. Through the incision, the excess fat will be redistributed or removed, and the excess skin will also be excised. The surgeon will finally close the incision with absorbable sutures or skin adhesive.

In some cases, both upper and eyelid surgery procedures may be performed together. It is critically important to choose an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon for blepharoplasty procedure. Eyes are the most delicate external organ in the body, and any surgery related to eyes should be performed only by an expert.


Eyelid surgery can make the eyes appear rested and rejuvenated. The signs of aging around the eyes will be reduced, and the face can appear more youthful. However, the results will become visible gradually as the swelling and bruising resolves. Within a few weeks, the patient will be able to notice well-defined eyelids and smoother and tighter surrounding area.

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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