Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic Upper or Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery) – Leesburg, VA

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About Eyelid Surgery

A person's eyes are an appealing feature of the face that deserve to be visible, but sometimes an excess of skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering facial appearance. Plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang uses eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the lower or upper eyelid, creating a look that appears softer and rejuvenated. So many men and women receive eyelid surgery at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center to eliminate saggy eyelids, leading to improved functionality and facial appearance. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more awakened appearance and can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you want to learn more about refreshing your eyes with eyelid lift surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chang at his practice in Leesburg, VA.

Ideal Candidates

Upper or lower blepharoplasty is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is performed on both women and men. At your first visit, treatment options will be explained by Dr. Chang based on your areas of concern that need to be corrected. Generally, ideal candidates wish to correct excess, drooping skin and folds that exist on the top eyelid, or bloated skin just under the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional and visual difficulties that can get in the way of normal, everyday activities. For a more awake look, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate surgery for you. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelid, or bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can treat this to provide you with a more youthful appearance.

Surgical Technique

Depending on the type and complex nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be provided. Eyelid surgery may be done on the top eyelid by itself, under or on the bottom eyelid, or a blend of both eyelids.

  • Upper
    Upper eyelid surgery assists in decreasing the folds of skin that impair vision to produce a more awakened and appealing look. The incision point is often placed along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue.
  • Lower
    Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to improve puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is carefully made along the lash line to surgically remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. Sometimes, a nonsurgical laser procedure may be incorporated to help with discoloration, while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening if desired.

What to Expect

Blepharoplasty of the upper or lower eyelid can take up to two hours considering whether both eyes or one is treated. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan about a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can assist in reducing discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The outcomes from blepharoplasty may last a decade or longer, but while they are long lasting, aging does not stop. To maintain your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center such as fillers, peels, and lasers can be added to create a youthful-looking appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Eyelid surgery costs can vary depending on whether you are having an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. Once your treatment plan has been created during your consultation, Dr. Chang can talk to you about estimated costs. To get natural-looking results that last a long time, it is better to focus on finding a skilled plastic surgeon who you trust, like Dr. Chang instead of trying to find the cheapest place. To make it easy for you to afford a great eyelid lift, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If excess skin is compromising your vision, your health insurance may pay for part of your eyelid lift. Please tell Dr. Chang during your consultation if you may be using your insurance. Someone at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center will help you get the needed information and paperwork for your insurance company to process your claim. In most cases, you will need a diagnosis from an optometrist or ophthalmologist that an eyelid lift will improve your field of vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Blepharoplasty not only helps to refresh your appearance, but also improves other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expands when excess hanging skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be much easier to apply eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth. Eliminating fine lines, "crepey" skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under the eyes can make your eyes look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles may be better treated with a facelift, browlift, or a cheek lift as the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with a nonsurgical procedure such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a softer, smoother appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Chang will create your unique treatment plan based on your needs and goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Nonsurgical skin tightening and injectable wrinkle treatments, like BOTOX, Juvéderm, or Restylane, can provide mild improvements to the eyelids. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, an eyelid lift would be better than a nonsurgical treatment. Once you have talked to Dr. Chang about your concerns and goals for your eyes, he can explain his recommendations for your nonsurgical or surgical treatment plan. He may also suggest combining both surgical and nonsurgical procedures for your best results.

Younger-Looking Eyes

If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on your upper eyelids, or you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center may be the answer for you. This enhancement can allow you to look and feel refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment concerns. We encourage you to get in touch with our office in Leesburg, VA to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Phillip Chang.

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