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Eyelid Lift: A Minor Procedure that Delivers Major Results

If you’ve been feeling like your eyes always look tired even after a good night’s sleep, you’re not alone. An eyelid lift or blepharoplasty procedure can rejuvenate your appearance and boost your confidence by addressing sagging or drooping eyelids. 

At Advanced Plastic Surgery Center, our specialists understand how excess eyelid skin can make you look older than you are or even interfere with your vision. With an eyelid lift, we can give you the softer and more youthful appearance you’ve been dreaming of. 

Let’s explore how it works and what it can do for you! 

What is an eyelid lift? 

An eyelid lift removes excess skin, muscle, and sometimes fat from your upper or lower eyelids. Here’s a closer look: 

Upper eyelid surgery 

This targets drooping or sagging upper eyelids that may impair vision or give a tired appearance. 

Lower eyelid surgery 

This procedure focuses on removing or redistributing fat to reduce puffiness, bags, and fine wrinkles under your eyes. 

Combination surgery 

Many patients opt to have both upper and lower eyelid surgeries done simultaneously for a more comprehensive rejuvenation. 

Benefits of an eyelid lift 

The great news is that the benefits of an eyelid lift can go far beyond aesthetics. Here’s how this procedure can make a significant difference:

Improved vision 

Excess skin on your upper eyelids can obstruct vision. Removing this skin can enhance your field of view

Youthful appearance 

Reducing sagging and puffiness around your eyes can make you look more alert and youthful

Boosted confidence 

Feeling better about your appearance can enhance your self-esteem and overall well-being. 

Minimal downtime 

Unlike more invasive surgeries, an eyelid lift typically involves a shorter recovery period, so you can immediately resume your daily activities. 

The procedure and recovery

Understanding what to expect during and after your procedure can help alleviate concerns and make the process less stressful. Consider the following:

The procedure

We typically perform your procedure under local anesthesia with sedation, with the surgery taking one to three hours depending on whether both your upper and lower eyelids are treated. Small incisions are made in the natural folds of your eyelids to minimize visible scarring. 

Recovery time

Most patients experience some swelling and bruising for the first weeks. To help reduce symptoms, we recommend cold compresses and prescribed ointments. 

Post-operative care 

Following our team’s care instructions, such as keeping your head elevated and avoiding strenuous activities, can promote healing. 

Final results 

While initial improvements can be seen within just a few weeks, final results may take a few months as your eyes fully heal. 

Is an eyelid lift right for you? 

Now that you know more about the ins and outs of this procedure, how do you know if it’s the right procedure for you? Determining if an eyelid lift is suitable involves considering several factors: 

Health status 

Ideal candidates are generally healthy and free of conditions that could impair healing. 

Realistic expectations

We highly recommend taking the time to understand this procedure's potential outcomes and limitations so you’re prepared ahead of time. 


We conduct a thorough consultation to help assess your goals and determine if an eyelid lift is right for you. 

Ultimately, an eyelid lift is a minor procedure that can deliver significant results, from enhancing your appearance to improving your vision. With so many benefits that boost your overall confidence, it's no wonder blepharoplasty is such a popular choice. 

If you're considering an eyelid lift, contact us to schedule an appointment in our Arlington, VA office or request an appointment online.

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