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Eyelid SurgeryThe Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts is one of the leading facilities for facial plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA. The facility is led by Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V), who is a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon for facial procedures. Dr. V has focused her expertise on improving all parts of the face, including the upper face. The upper face, which includes the eyes, brows and the forehead, cannot be corrected with a facelift procedure. Therefore, for droopy, wrinkled or tired looking eyes, Dr. V performs eyelid surgery in Northern Virginia.

Eyelid Surgery
Dr. V is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in eyelid surgical procedures. She deeply understands the importance of eyes, which are the most delicate structure of your face as well as the most defining part of the face in terms of aesthetics. An eyelid surgery can enhance the entire appearance of your face and make you look more youthful and rejuvenated. It is important to evaluate which part of the eyelid area may be causing a difference to the looks, and a customized cosmetic surgery solution should be created accordingly.

Dr. V prefers to use minimally invasive plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA when it comes to eyelid procedures. Patients suffering from one or more of the following conditions are usually good candidates for an eyelid surgery in Northern Virginia at the Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts:

  • Bulges or bags underneath the eyes
  • Creases or folds above the eyes
  • Dark shadows around the eyes
  • Droopy or baggy eyelids
  • Vision obstruction due to loose skin or tissue

Eyelid Surgery Procedures
Eyelid surgery is the most effective way to remove excess skin, tissue and fat from lower or upper eyelids.

Upper Eyelid Surgery / Eye Lift
An upper eyelid surgery, also known as an eye lift, is designed to raise an upper eyelid slightly if the loose skin is causing it to sag from heaviness. The surgery involves an incision, which will be concealed within the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Excess skin and tissue will be removed through the incision to reduce bagginess in the upper eyelids.

Lower Eyelid Surgery
This surgery is performed through the inside of the lower eyelid. The incision is used to remove excess fat or skin, which may be evenly redistributed. If the patient suffers from muscle laxity, a corrective adjustment may be made during this procedure. Sometimes laser therapy may be used along with the surgery to reduce wrinkles and tighten the lower eyelid skin.

Functional Eyelid Surgery
As against a purely cosmetic eyelid surgery, a functional blepharoplasty is performed to make functional corrections. If the patient’s vision is getting obstructed due to drooping upper eyelid, this surgery may be performed. The surgeon may sometimes combine functional corrections with cosmetic surgery, depending on the patient’s needs.

Asian Eyelid Surgery
In addition to the regular procedures in facial plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA, Dr. V also performs Asian eyelid surgery. It is critically important for a plastic surgeon performing an ethnic procedure to have a complete understanding of the ethnic anatomy. Dr. V intimately understands Asian eyelid anatomy and Asian face, which makes her a highly sought after surgeon for this procedure.

Asian eyelid surgery in Northern Virginia is typically recommended for patients who have an incomplete or non-existent upper eyelid crease, which allows the skin to hang over the lashes and hides much of the eye. Dr. V is an expert to correct this condition, which is also commonly known as “sleepy eyes.”

Techniques for Asian Eyelid Surgery
Dr. V primarily employs three techniques to perform this procedure. The needs of each patient may differ, depending on the basic structure and anatomy of their face and eyes. Therefore, Dr. V ensures that each patient receives a customized solution in order to meet their needs and expectations in the best possible manner.

Full Incision Technique
In this technique, Dr. V will perform a full incision across the upper eyelid. The scar will be only minimally visible after the healing is completed because Dr. V takes care to conceal the scar naturally.

No Incision Technique
In this technique, Dr. V will pass sutures back and forth through the eyelid, but not make an incision. The benefit of this procedure is that it does not involve any visible scarring, and the recovery is immediate.

Multiple Incisions Technique
In this technique, Dr. V will make several tiny incisions along the eyelid. The advantage of this technique is that it removes fat while leaving a negligible scar.

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