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Eyelid Lift Plastic Surgery (Blepharoplasty) 

Eyelid Lift Plastic Surgery Northern VirginiaEye bags and sagging eyelids are major signs on aging. A minor cosmetic surgery procedure called blepharoplasty or eyelid lift will help remove those signs. It helps to achieve more youthful appearance at a price lesser than most cosmetic surgery procedures.

The procedure involved is designed to remove excess of fat from upper and lower eyelids. In combination with other procedures like brow lift will help eliminate the swag or tired look on the face. Ideal candidates are those with vision obscured by pockets of fat surrounding the eye. Patients with unfavorable medical conditions will not be allowed to take eyelid lift.

Types of eyelid surgery

Upper eyelid surgery is used to remove the sagging skin by extracting the fat deposits. Lower eyelid surgery works with the area underneath the eye with excess fat deposits. It also involves use of dermal fillers to cover up the hollowed regions underneath the eye for achieving a healthier look.

Both types involve carefully creating an incision in respective areas. Surgeons will work to remove the fats methodically until the required target is achieved. They may try to even the swelling by thoroughly re-distributing the fat.

Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is used to treat patients with less pronounced eye bags. It involves creating numerous tiny incisions to remove pockets of fat without damaging the skin or creating scarring.


Treatment will commence only if the required preparation goals are achieved by patient and surgeon. It is a minor surgery which doesn’t take too much time to recover. The first few days of recovery will mostly involve general post-surgical care like medication and protective covering. No restrictions will be imposed on the level of activity except for some advice regarding safety of just the treated area. Allergic reactions will be cured once it is brought to surgeon’s notice.

Result & Risk

Effects of eyelid surgery will vary between different patients. Most patients express their delight over the drastic improvement in their appearance. Some patients will be excited to see with a restored vision. Risks or complications that arise from the surgery can be of short term or long term.

Scarring and swelling are the most common complications which will be cured by the cosmetic surgeons and their team. Ectropian is a complication in which a lower lid becomes inverted. A serious complication could be the Hematoma which is caused by the accumulation of blood underneath the skin. It is most likely developed if eyelid lift was a part of multiple facial cosmetic surgeries. One more complication is the retinal detachment which will need some serious surgical attention.

Other complications such as formation of milia, sensation of burning or dryness, difficulty with keeping the eyes shut and double vision can be cured or will subside in a short time.


Cost of treatment will depend on individual preferences and cosmetic surgeons. Dr Trang Vo-Nguyen provides the best eyelid lift in Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax and surrounding regions.

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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