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Eyelid Surgery

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Large, open eyes are a universal sign of youth and beauty; however, the eyelids are one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Droopy upper eyelids, sagging eyebrows, or puffy lower eyelid bags can make you appear tired or older than you actually feel. While wrinkles typically come with age and sun exposure, some people are born with excess skin or fat around the eyes. Eyelid surgery is one of the first cosmetic procedures many patients undergo. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaboki specializes in all aspects of cosmetic eyelid surgery, technically called blepharoplasty. At his Washington, DC practice, his patients trust him for attractive, natural-looking results.

To meet with Dr. Chaboki and learn about eyelid surgery and other facial plastic surgery procedures, request your cosmetic consultation with him online, or call his office at (202) 800-1839(202) 741-3409.

Eyelid Surgery Before & After

Eyelid Surgery Before

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Eyelid Surgery After

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Photos are of an actual patient who has been treated by Dr. Chaboki.

Planning Your Eyelid Surgery

As with other surgical procedures, Dr. Chaboki tailors each blepharoplasty to the patient's precise specifications. During your consultation, he performs a thorough physical examination during which he evaluates factors including wrinkles, skin laxity, fat deposits, and volume loss. You also discuss your lifestyle, health history, and skincare habits. This helps him visualize your specific concerns and develop a surgical plan that gives you ideal results.

Depending on your aesthetic goals, your blepharoplasty can focus on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Dr. Chaboki takes care to explain exactly what you can expect both before and after surgery, as well as what you can do to prepare. If you smoke, you should quit at least several weeks prior to surgery, as smoking increases your risk of certain complications. Dr. Chaboki may also advise you to temporarily discontinue the use of some medicines and supplements, such as blood thinners.

Asian Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Chaboki is pleased to meet the needs of his patients of Asian descent with specialized eyelid surgery just for Asian eyes. Sometimes called double-eyelid surgery, this procedure adds definition to the upper eyelid and creates a clear eyelid crease. This creates a more "open" eye without sacrificing the patient's ethnic identity.

Eyelid Surgery Before & After

Eyelid Surgery Before

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Eyelid Surgery After

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Photos are of an actual patient who has been treated by Dr. Chaboki.

How It's Performed

In Washington, DC, Dr. Chaboki performs blepharoplasty using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of your surgery. The procedure requires carefully placed incisions to ensure that any scars will be hidden in the natural contours of the eye. In some cases for lower eyelid surgery, the incisions may actually be within the eyelid, resulting in no visible scars.

Upper eyelid incision Lower eyelid incision

Through these incisions, Dr. Chaboki removes excess fat and tightens muscles and skin. If you are also interested in a brow lift or facelift, it is possible that these procedures may be performed at the same time.

Recovery After Eyelid Surgery

To minimize swelling after surgery, Dr. Chaboki recommends the following:

  • Reduce your consumption of salty or spicy foods.
  • Reduce your consumption of processed foods. Focus instead on fresh produce and lean proteins.
  • Try gentle facial massage or compression garments.

Like most other cosmetic or reconstructive procedures, eyelid surgery requires you to avoid strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks so your body can heal. For the first few days after surgery, you should keep ice on your eyes while you are awake to control swelling. You should also keep your head elevated at all times and sleep upright using several pillows or in a chair.

Each patient is unique and follows his or her own pattern of recuperation. Blepharoplasty is one of the more comfortable facial surgeries, and some patients don't require any sort of prescription medicine. Dr. Chaboki works with you to help you manage your discomfort. The following timeline is typical:

  • 1-2 days after surgery: You may wash your face using a mild cleanser.
  • 1 week: Dr. Chaboki removes your sutures. If you have dissolvable sutures, they will be mostly dissolved by this point.
  • 7-10 days: You may return to work or school.
  • 1-2 weeks: You may resume applying makeup.
  • 2 weeks: You may resume vigorous, low-risk activities, including sexual activity.
  • 3 weeks: You may switch from glasses to contact lenses.
  • 2 months: You may safely participate in contact sports.

When swelling has fully resolved after several weeks, you might be hearing, "Wow, you look fabulous," instead of, "You look tired." No matter what other people say, what's important is that you are happy with your fresh, younger-looking eyes.

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Common Questions

Where will Dr. Chaboki make incisions?

Blepharoplasty is appealing because it requires such discreet incisions. Regardless of your specific surgery, Dr. Chaboki typically makes incisions that follow the natural creases and contours of your upper or lower eyelids. As mentioned above, some lower eyelid surgery incisions may be placed within the lid itself. With proper aftercare, all incisions fade to nearly invisible marks.

Is there any way to hasten my recovery after eyelid surgery?

The best way to ensure an easy recuperation is by closely following Dr. Chaboki's instructions. Keep in mind that the timeline above is merely a guide, and your own recuperation may vary somewhat. Don't resume any activities before you feel ready, and be sure to protect your eyes from the sun as they heal. If you have questions about a particular activity, such as wearing glasses or doing a certain exercise, contact Dr. Chaboki's office.

How does smoking affect blepharoplasty?

Smoking negatively affects the body in various ways. When it comes to surgery, smoking's effects on the vascular system can lead to excessive bleeding and may slow down the rate at which your incisions heal, making you more susceptible to infection. It's important to quit smoking completely for at least a few weeks before your surgery and to remain a nonsmoker as you heal.

To read more common questions about blepharoplasty, be sure to visit our Eyelid Surgery FAQ page.

Enhancing Your Results

Dr. Chaboki offers a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments to complement the results of your eyelid surgery. Explore your options:

  • Brow lift surgery, frequently combined with eyelid surgery, lifts a drooping forehead and eyebrows.
  • Non-surgical face lift uses injectables or fat to renew the eye area for patients with less advanced facial aging.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic and other injectable treatments for dynamic wrinkles can provide a non-surgical brow lift and soften crow's feet at the outer corners of the eyes.
  • Restylane® and BELOTERO BALANCE® restore volume around the eyes in areas such as the tear troughs and temples.
  • Fat transfer enhances the eye area with the patient's own harvested fat.

Ready to improve your eyelids? Request a cosmetic consultation online or call Dr. Chaboki's office at (202) 800-1839(202) 741-3409 today.

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