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 board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaboki specializes in all aspects of cosmetic eyelid surgery, technically called blepharoplasty. At his Washington, DC, practice, his patients from Arlington, Ashburn, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and other nearby cities trust him for attractive, natural-looking results.
Rejuvenation of the eyes is a common request by Washington DC area plastic surgery patients. Nonsurgical and surgical options are available for patients to help smooth and soften the skin, reduce eye bags and dark circles, and lift the brow.Heavy, excess skin of the upper eyes develop gradually with age to varying degrees. As a re... Read More
Sagging neck skin gradually develops as one gets older. In addition, fat accumulates under the chin and facial bones thin over time. Each factor plays a different role in every patient to create an aging neck or submental fullness (i.e. a double chin). Plastic surgery options will vary based on a patient's anatomy and personal... Read More
Eyes are the first thing one notices and are a universal sign of health and beauty. As a result, cosmetic procedures around the eyes and forehead are very popular, including Botox® Cosmetic, brow lift, and eyelid surgery. Some of the first signs of wrinkling may appear around the eyes. The eyes may become gradually&nb... Read More
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a popular cosmetic procedure for both Washington DC area men and women. Upper eyelid surgery reduces excess skin, reduces fat, and/or tightens eyelid tissue. Patients might also report looking or feeling less tired after eyelid surgery. Each upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is tailored specifically for... Read More
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) of the upper eyelids is a popular cosmetic procedure for both Washington DC area men and women. Upper eyelid surgery reduces excess skin, reduces fat, and/or tightens eyelid tissue. Asian patients, in particular, often will request upper eyelid surgery to create a crease or "double eyelid". The upper eyelid cre... Read More
Sagging skin and droopy eyelids are common complaints of Maryland patients considering cosmetic eyelid surgery. The extra skin and sagging tissue come primarily from a combination of natural aging and sun damage. In addition to appearing "tired" or "older", some cases of droopy eyebrows or eyelids may also obstruct or limit vision.This... Read More
Local anesthesia is requested by many patients who request plastic surgery. There are many advantages of local anesthesia over general anesthesia, but not all cosmetic procedures can be performed via local anesthesia. Fortunately, many facial plastic surgery procedures can be done in the office with only local anesthesia. The patient is awake... Read More
Upper eyelid surgery is one of the most popular methods Washington DC area patients have to rejuvenate the face. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed in the office via local anesthesia with minimal downtime. A variable amount of skin, fat, and muscle is modified to "lift" the eye. While Botox or Dysport injection can help smooth wrinkles aro... Read More
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.
Blepharoplasty vs. Brow Lift
Upper blepharoplasty and brow lift surgery can both open up the eyes. For some patients, a brow lift alone may help improve the appearance of the upper eyelid because raising the eyebrows naturally leaves less redundant upper eyelid skin. Others require an upper blepharoplasty combined with a brow lift to attain desired results. In some patients, the eyebrows may actually drop lower after upper blepharoplasty, if the eyebrows are not stabilized or lifted with a brow lift.
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.
Houtan Chaboki, MD
Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chaboki has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the face and neck. When you choose him for your procedure, you’re choosing one of the most reputable facial plastic surgeons in DC, as well as a nationwide leader in
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Washington, DC?
The cost associated with eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) typically falls within the range of $4,000 to $12,000 *. However, each patient — and each procedure — is unique, and the ultimate cost of any plastic surgery procedure depends on a few different factors, including the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, and fees charged by the anesthesiologist. During your consultation, we provide you with a personalized quote that accurately reflects your procedure. Learn more about paying for plastic surgery here.
How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Dr. Chaboki performs blepharoplasty using local anesthetic 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.
Through these incisions, Dr. Chaboki removes excess fat and tightens muscles and skin. If you are also interested in a brow lift or facelift, Dr. Chaboki can perform these procedures at the same time.
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.
After blepharoplasty, you will need to avoid strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks so you 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.
Enhancing Your Blepharoplasty Results
Dr. Chaboki offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical 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.
Nonsurgical facelift 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 nonsurgical brow lift and soften crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes.
Ready to improve your eyelids? Request a cosmetic consultation online or call Dr. Chaboki’s office at
(202) 800-2085 today. Women and men visit Dr. Chaboki for eyelid surgery from Arlington, VA; Silver Spring, MD; and throughout the Washington, DC, metro area.
* Price information is an estimation and individual pricing will vary. All prices are subject to change and costs are non-refundable.
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