Everything You Should Know About Eyelid Surgery

For many people, the eyes and eye area are the most noticeable facial features — and the features many people tend to notice first. If your eyelids are droopy, saggy, or baggy, you can wind up looking a lot older (and more worn out) than you really are. Fortunately, eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) can change all that. 

More than 211,000 blepharoplasty surgeries were performed in 2019, indicating just how popular the surgery is among both women and men. At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, we offer state-of-the-art eyelid surgery for patients in and around Tysons, Virginia, helping both women and men look more youthful and more energized. Here’s what you should know if you’re thinking about eyelid surgery.

It can make you look more energized

One of the first signs of tiredness for most of us is that heavy-lidded look that shows everyone we’re getting drowsy. That’s fine if you’re near your bedtime. But as we get older, drooping eyelids can make us look worn out and tired all day long — definitely not a good look, especially at work. Eyelid surgery eliminates under-eye bags and elevates drooping upper lids for a more alert, more energized look.

Both lids can be treated

Eyelid surgery is completely customizable. Depending on the issues you have, you can opt to have only one set of lids corrected, or you can decide to have both the upper lids and the lower lids treated. The customizable nature of blepharoplasty is a big reason why it’s so popular — you’ll work with our team to decide which option is best for helping you achieve your long-term goals.

The scars can be hidden

Whether you opt for upper lid surgery, lower lid surgery, or both, the surgical scars can be cleverly hidden along the lash line or even inside the lid for lower lid surgery. During your initial evaluation, we can determine the best location for the incisions so you’ll be the only one who knows you’ve had surgery.

It can be combined with other procedures

Blepharoplasty can be an ideal choice for treating baggy, saggy lids and under-eye bags, but it can’t treat other eye-area issues, like crow’s feet or drooping brows. The good news: Eye lid surgery can be combined with other treatments, like Botox® and brow lift surgery, to completely rejuvenate the eye area. Once again, your overall treatment plan can be completely tailored for your needs.

It can correct functional problems

While lots of people have eyelid surgery for aesthetic reasons, blepharoplasty can also help correct functionally issues, too. For instance, if your upper lids are so droopy that they wind up interfering with your peripheral vision, blepharoplasty can correct that problem. 

Recovery time is minimal

Eyelid surgery uses very small incisions, and the surgery itself doesn’t take a long time to complete. Unlike a facelift procedure where recovery can take a long time, blepharoplasty recovery takes about two weeks for any minor swelling and bruising to resolve, and you can get back to your normal activities within about a week to 10 days.

Give your lids a youthful lift

Eyelid surgery can dramatically “de-age” you, making you look more alert, more youthful, and more energized. And, since eyes are arguably the most noticeable facial feature for many people, it makes sense to focus on the eye area when you’re looking for ways to improve your personal aesthetics and your confidence.

Let our team show you how blepharoplasty — on your upper lids, lower lids, or both — can transform your appearance. To schedule your consultation visit, call our offices in McLean or Dulles, Virginia, or use our online form to book an appointment online today.


We look forward to seeing how we can help you achieve a new level of confidence. Contact our team to set up a private consultation and explore everything we have to offer at Washington, D.C.’s premier cosmetic provider.

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