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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) 800-2085.

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Case 113, Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid cosmetic surgery is very popular for both Washingtonian men and women. Upper eyelid surgery helps "open" the eyes by removing excess skin, reducing fat, or tightening tissue. Patients might also report looking or feeling less tired after eyelid surgery. Each upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is tailored specifically for each patient.This person had always considered upper eyelid surgery but was afraid of excess results and pulled appearance. Wanting a conservative and subtle result, Dr. Chaboki performed upper eyelid surgery in the office via local anesthesia. A little skin was removed and the tissue tightened of the upper eyelid with sutures that gradually dissolv...

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Case 127, Eyelid Surgery

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 each patient.This young woman had always considered upper eyelid surgery to help improve symmetry and create an eyelid crease, a very popular procedure among Asian patients. She had consulted with other eyelid plastic surgeons to review eye lift options. A conservative upper eyelid surgery was performed by facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chaboki in the office...

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Case 135, Eyelid Surgery, Fat Transfer

Dark circles and eye bags are cosmetic concerns for many Washington DC area plastic surgery patients. Eyelid surgery, fat injections, and/or facial filler injections are options to help reduce the eye bags and improve one's appearance. Lower eyelid bags and dark circles may even be present in young patients.This younger man wanted to improve his lower eyelid area and had already consulted with another DC plastic surgeon before consulting with Washington DC facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chaboki to review cosmetic treatment options. Examination revealed excess fat around the eye, but also insufficient fat volume of the upper cheek and midfacial area. Part of his dark circles was due to t...

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Case 82, Eyelid Surgery

Facial cosmetic surgery is very common in Asian countries, with upper eyelid surgery being the most popular. Asian blepharoplasty or double-eyelid surgery are terms for a specific type of upper eyelid surgery in patients of Asian ethnicity. Many Asian patients want to maintain their ethnicity but desire improvement by creating a crease in the upper eyelid to make the eyes more open. Patients may even tape or glue the upper eyelid skin to temporarily create this crease.This gentleman was born with asymmetric upper eyelids with an existing crease on his right eyelid but lacking a crease on his left eyelid. Reviewing cosmetic surgery options with Dr. Chaboki, he chose upper eyelid surgery only ...

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Case 48, Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement

The eyebrow naturally descends and flattens with sun damage and age. Low eyebrows may inadvertantly convey a tired or angry appearance. Brow lift surgery can help "open" up the eyes to rejuvenate the face, in addition to recreating a natural arch to the eyebrow. Dr. Chaboki often performs an endoscopic brow lift with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to achieve a youthful and natural look.This Maryland area patient had considered facial plastic surgery for long period of time, but was not sure what the most appropriate procedure would be for her. She discussed her options with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Chaboki and decided on lower blepharoplasty for the eye bags, endoscopic brow lift to improve the...

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Case 75, Eyelid Surgery

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 crease may not be present, ill-defined, or asymmetric. Each upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is tailored specifically for each patient based on their specific eyelid anatomy and personal desires.This young woman had always considered upper eyelid surgery to help create an eyelid crease, a very popular procedure among Asian patients. Her skin ...

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Case 120, Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery

Large, open eyes are a universal sign of youth and beauty. No wonder cosmetic procedures around the eyes and forehead are so popular, such as Botox® Cosmetic and eyelid surgery. In addition, the eyes may be the first area to show signs aging with wrinkles and sagging tissue. The eye area gradually becomes smaller, narrower, or tired appearing with time. Eyebrow descent occurs slowly with time and will obscure youthful and beautiful eyes. A brow lift surgery can help "open" up the eyes to rejuvenate the face, either alone or combined with eyelid surgery. A minimally invasive brow lift surgery with a small endoscopic camera achieves a natural look with small incisions hidden in t...

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Case 152, Eyelid Surgery

Droopy upper eyelid, sagging brow skin, and wrinkles around the eyes develop automatically with age. While no one can “stop the clock”, plastic surgeons can reset the clock back a few years for a refreshed appearance. Eyelid surgery is one option to make one appear more rested and rejuvenated without looking different. Plastic surgery of the upper eyelid (upper blepharoplasty) reduces excess skin and/or fat to create eyes that appear more open and less droopy. This type of eye lift is often performed in the office via local anesthesia.This woman developed too much upper eyelid skin with time, which covered her eyelashes and made her eyes appear smaller and more tir...

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Case 178, Eyelid Surgery

Asian eyelid surgery has two main approaches: suture technique and incision technique. There isn't a "best" eyelid surgery approach. The decision is mutually determined by patient and plastic surgeon, based on factors such as eyelid anatomy and recovery time.The suture technique for Asian eyelid surgery creates a double eyelid without an external incision. Benefits of this approach include a faster recovery and less swelling. Some downsides are that it tends to relapse and not be permanent, and few patients are appropriate candidates.The incision technique creates a incision hidden along the upper eyelid. A conservative amount of skin and fat is removed...

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Case 138, Eyelid Surgery

Excess skin of the upper eyelid develops naturally with age, but also may be present at a young age from genetics for Washington DC area eyelid surgery  patients. Upper blepharoplasty (plastic surgery of the upper eyelid) is an option to reduce excess skin or fat to create a natural crease and more open eyes. This type of eye lift can be performed in the office via local anesthesia.This young woman was born with too much upper eyelid skin, which covered her eyelashes and made her eyes appear smaller than she wanted. She had considered upper blepharoplasty for several years and consulted with other DC plastic surgeon before consulting with Washington DC facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chaboki...

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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.

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How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

In Washington, DC, the cost associated with eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) typically falls within the range of $3,500 to $10,000 *. 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 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.

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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
If you're thinking about having eyelid surgery, it's natural to have questions. Here are some common questions Dr. Chaboki hears from patients:

  • How much does eyelid surgery cost?
  • How safe is eyelid surgery?
  • How do I know if I need eyelid surgery or a brow lift?
  • How long do the results of eyelid surgery last?

For answers to these questions and many others, visit Dr. Chaboki's 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) 800-2085 today.

* 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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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.