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What is an Eyelid Lift?

Eyelid lift surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the eyelids. Patients seek eyelid lift surgery either for cosmetic improvement and rejuvenation or to repair a functional problem when eyelid heaviness interferes with their peripheral vision. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.

Why Sanctuary Cosmetic Center?

Customized and perfected by Dr. Rostami, eyelid lift surgery ranks at the top of the most requested cosmetic surgeries at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center. We firmly believe that we offer some of the best eyelid surgery in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area – and we have the experience, expertise, and results to back that up.

Dr. Soheila Rostami is the medical director and CEO of Sanctuary Cosmetic Center and Rostami OPC, the president of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia , and a member of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

She is a double board-certified oculofacial cosmetic plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience turning back the clock on aging. She is much sought-after for her precise technique and skill level in eyelid surgery, dermal filler, and neurotoxin injections, as well as her highly experienced use of the most advanced anti-aging laser and radiofrequency technologies available today.

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“Dr. Rostami is caring about people’s needs and their desire to feel better in their own skin. She is very serious about her work, and takes her passion very seriously in what she does for other people. She is conservative because she wants you to look your best and I appreciate never giving me more than what I need. She’s a wonderful doctor.”

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Am I A Good Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?

You are a candidate for eyelid lift surgery in northern Virginia if you:

  • Have heavy upper lids that interfere with your vision
  • Use your fingers to prop up your eyelids
  • Experience headaches attributed to your heavy eyelids
  • Have puffy, wrinkled, or hollow lower lids
  • Have dark circles under your eyes
  • Have loose, sagging skin on your lower lids

Benefits of the Eyelid Lift

Your eyes are the windows of your face. Tired, puffy, droopy lids can detract from a balanced, harmonious face. Eyelid lift surgery results in a younger, refreshed, and rejuvenated look, leading to a more confident you. With an eyelid lift, your eyelids will be firmer and tighter, resulting in improved vision and a more youthful appearance. The bags and wrinkles under your eyes will be reduced. Your eyes will appear brighter and clearer, improving your overall facial appearance. Infection, scarring, and swelling at the corner of the eyes at the incision line are rare, but a few of the risks associated with eyelid surgery. Benefits and complications are typically discussed with you during your consultation.

Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS

Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS

Medical Director and CEO


Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS, is the Medical Director and CEO of Sanctuary Cosmetic Center in McLean, Virginia. She is passionate about creating individualized…

The Eyelid Lift Procedure

At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, Dr. Rostami performs all eyelid lift surgeries at our Tysons location. From this location, we can bring the best in eyelid surgery to all Washington, D.C. areas. As a board-certified ophthalmologist first, then as a specialist in oculofacial plastic surgery, she truly understands the intricacies presented by the musculature and underlying structures of the eye area. Your consultation with Dr. Rostami will consist of a range of questions, including your eye health, your family eyelid history, the supplements you take, and even the position of your eyebrows. As an expert on eyes and eyelids, your consultation with Dr. Rostami will include questions not typically asked by other surgeons. She will then suggest the best surgical approach for you.

At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, Dr. Rostami will perform your surgery on-site in our state-of-the-art certified surgical suite under local anesthesia. Recovery is short with residual swelling and bruising possible depending on your age and general health.

Upper Eyelids

  • Incisions are made in the upper eyelid crease, making the incision line almost invisible when completely healed.
  • Incisions are closed with removable sutures.
  • Downtime is a few days to a week.  

Lower Eyelids

  • Incisions are made transconjunctival (from inside the lower eyelid), requiring no sutures when only fatty deposits need to be removed or repositioned.
  • Incisions are made subcilliary (directly under the lower eyelashes) when fatty deposits and excess skin need to be removed.

Eyelid Lift Results

Our Washington, D.C. eyelid lift patients are consistently thrilled with how youthful, alert, and rejuvenated they look after blepharoplasty surgery. One to two weeks of downtime is typically required, and bruising and swelling are to be expected. Many patients also experience dry eye, and Dr. Rostami will help you manage it. Within a few weeks, you’ll be ready to enjoy your final results.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about eyelid surgery with our board-certified oculoplastic surgeon, contact Sanctuary Cosmetic Center today. We conveniently serve the greater Falls Church, Arlington, Odrick’s Corner, and McLean areas.

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Our private, accredited surgical facility offers you the opportunity for a comfortable, private experience with your procedure. You don’t need to worry about going to the hospital – instead, you can enjoy the amenities of our spa-like environment while you focus on yourself.


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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