Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

shutterstock_52501885-(2)If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we certainly don’t want them to be obscured by lines, wrinkles, or loose, puffy skin. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift) corrects hooding of the upper eyelids or bags under the eyes, improving the appearance of the entire eye area. It can make a significance difference in how you look without causing you to appear “done.”

Dr. Munasifi has a host of techniques available to him, and he will choose the ones that are best for your anatomy and the results you want. His training and years of experience allow him to apply both science and art to your surgery so that you look like yourself – only younger. Chances are, your friends and family will simply say, “You look so healthy and well-rested. You must be taking great care of yourself!”

What areas does Blepharoplasty treat?

Blepharoplasty can correct a number of signs of aging around the eyes, including:

  • Excess skin that covers the natural fold of the upper eyelids
  • Loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelids, especially along the sides
  • A tired, puffy appearance of the upper eyelids
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
  • Bags or dark circles under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal excessive “white” of the eyes

What procedures complement Blepharoplasty?

If you have horizontal forehead creases, or your eyebrows have lowered on your forehead, a Brow/Forehead Lift may be necessary. Some patients combine a Brow Lift with Blepharoplasty for an overall rejuvenation of the upper portion of the face. Those who wish to address signs of aging on the entire face may add a Facelift to the procedures.

For fine surface lines and wrinkles that are caused by sun damage, laser skin rejuvenation is a wonderful non-surgical adjunct procedure to Blepharoplasty.

How long does Blepharoplasty last?

Dr. Munasifi’s Blepharoplasty techniques are long-lasting, but the aging process does continue and varies from person to person. If you care for your skin properly and avoid sun exposure, your eyelid surgery could last 10-12 years.

Are there different types of Blepharoplasty?

Yes, there is Upper Blepharoplasty and Lower Blepharoplasty. Some patients only have signs of aging on the upper eyelids and some on the lower lids. Others with issues on both the upper and lower lids choose to combine Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty. Some physicians also call double eyelid surgery “Asian Blepharoplasty,” which alters the appearance of a single lid.

What kind of anesthesia is required for Blepharoplasty?

In most cases, general anesthesia is used, and Blepharoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day. Anesthesia is always provided by a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist.

You will need to have someone available to drive you home, however. Alternatively, we can provide a car service to bring you to your surgery appointment and take you home for a minimal fee, provided you have an adult to accompany you.

What happens during Blepharoplasty?

The Blepharoplasty procedure takes from 1-2 hours, depending upon the extent of the areas to be treated. During an Upper Blepharoplasty procedure, an incision is made in the crease of the upper lid toward the corner of the eye. Excess skin and fat is then removed. Once healed, the scar is not noticeable when the eye is open.

For Lower Blepharoplasty, the incision is made just below the lash line toward the corner of the eye and is hidden by the lower eyelashes when healed. Fat is also removed through these incisions using electrocauterization to minimize bleeding.

When can I return to work after Blepharoplasty?

All of our patients are able to leave the house the day after their procedure. Many of our patients begin working from home within 4-5 days. Some people who are comfortable wearing camouflage makeup to cover any bruising have even returned to the office or attended social events within a week to 10 days. However, if you wish to wait until most of the bruising has subsided, we suggest allowing a 2-week recovery period after Blepharoplasty before returning to work.

What is recovery like after Eyelid Surgery?

Dr. Munasifi is very particular about patient care after procedures, so he will meet with you multiple times throughout the recovery process to monitor your healing. All surgical follow-up appointments are provided free of charge, as he wants you to feel comfortable with bringing up any concerns or questions you have.

After a period of time in our recovery room, you can go home. Cold compresses should be applied to the eye area for the first 24-48 hours to minimize bruising and swelling. The stitches will be removed in 4-7 days.

You might experience some intermittent tearing, burning, and dryness of the eyes. We will provide you with eye drops to speed healing and ease discomfort. Swelling and bruising may persist for up to 10 days, but women can begin wearing makeup to help conceal it after about five days. We will give you a prescription for pain medication, but many patients find that non-prescription painkillers such as Tylenol are enough.

If you keep your head elevated during sleep for a few nights, you can help reduce swelling. You might also feel more comfortable sleeping on your back as you heal.

Since strenuous activity can increase blood pressure, it’s very important to avoid heavy exercise for about 6 weeks. However, being completely inactive is one of the worst things you can do after a procedure. Dr. Munasifi encourages patients to take regular long walks beginning the day after surgery. You should be able to resume light exercise after about 2 weeks.

Rest assured that we will give you detailed instructions for your recovery, and we will be available to answer your questions and monitor your progress during follow-up examinations. Dr. Munasifi believes in providing the attention you need to feel comfortable about your procedure, and he loves getting to know his patients.

Do you think Blepharoplasty might be right for you? Even if you aren’t sure which procedure will help you look better, contact us for a consultation in Arlington or McLean, VA with Dr. Munasifi. He will help you make the right decision for you. Call us today at 703.841.0399.

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