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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty is commonly known as an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery. It is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the appearance of your eyelids by removing excess skin that is wrinkled or aged. Droopy eyelids can be the result of a variety of factors, including age, sun exposure or genetics. It can all be addressed by a skilled plastic surgeon. In searching for the best blepharoplasty Washington DC patients can get, your priority should be finding a skilled board certified plastic surgeon.

‘I had upper eyelids that were a little droopy which made me look very stern. After my eyelid lift, my eyes are much more feminine and my face has a happier more approachable look to it. I can’t thank Dr. Feledy and his staff enough. Best decision ever!’ – N.G.*

What to expect in your consultation:

Dr Jules Feledy, Plastic Surgeon In Washington DC & Northern VA

If you are thinking about getting eye lift surgery, you need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Feledy in either our Chevy Chase, Maryland serving greater DC area or our Northern VA office in Stafford, Virginia. The initial consultation normally takes around one hour. When meeting with Dr. Feledy he will:

  • Discuss what you would like to achieve with your eyelid lift
  • Thoroughly examine you medically in relation to the procedure
  • Review and discuss exactly what his recommendations are and why

Belmont Plastic Surgery will make sure all questions you have about insurance and any financing aspects are completely understood.

Contact us today and schedule your consultation with one of best Washington DC plastic surgeons, Dr. Jules Feledy. Through over two decades of practice, he has earned a reputation by performing an industry leading eyelid lift Washington DC and Northern VA residents have regularly recommended him for.

A person’s eyes are the window to their emotions and feelings. They say a lot about a person and are a special feature many individuals correctly value a lot. They are the most looked at portion of your body and any surgical procedure related to them must be performed with extraordinary care. Dr. Jules Feledy

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Washington DC – Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Whether meeting someone new or chatting with a friend, during in-person social connections, making eye contact is a very important aspect of communication, thus, making the eyes one of the most notable features on the face. In addition, the eyes are probably the part of the face that offers the most animation. The eyes are also especially vulnerable to developing the signs of aging, including wrinkles, puffiness and lax skin. However, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Feledy of Belmont Plastic Surgery addresses these issues with blepharoplasty procedures, which are commonly referred to as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift. With a blepharoplasty, Dr. Feledy addresses the signs of aging to provide his patients with facial characteristics that make them appear younger, well-rested and more alert.

What is the Goal of Eyelid Surgery in Washington, DC?

When an individual has puffy lower lids and/or excess skin on the upper eyelids, he or she may look tired, sad, aged or even angry. The goal of a blepharoplasty procedure is to rejuvenate the eyes and provide the patient with refreshed, more youthful-looking facial characteristics.

What Issues Can a Washington, DC, Blepharoplasty Address?

This procedure is considered one of the most transformational plastic surgery procedures available. A blepharoplasty can address the bags that develop beneath the eyes, hooded upper lids, ptosis of the upper lid (i.e., drooping), crepe-like skin beneath the lower eyelids and excessive eyelid skin.

Excess skin on the upper lid is especially concerning because this skin may fall over the patient’s eye, hindering his or her vision, thus, negatively impacting the patient’s ability to function on a daily basis. Sometimes, due to these functional problems, health insurance will cover a portion of the blepharoplasty charges for patients experiencing this type of problem.

What Causes the Changes That Occur in the Lids?

Tired, unhappy-looking eyes can result from genetics and/or the natural aging process. Years of unprotected exposure to environmental hazards can also lead to these changes, for example, the crepe-like skin that some people develop beneath their eyes usually results from sun exposure.

There Are Three Components that a Washington, DC, Eyelid Surgery Addresses

Eyelid surgery can provide the patient with a more refreshed look, which prolongs his or her youthful appearance. A blepharoplasty accomplishes this by addressing three components: protruding fat, excess skin and lax muscle tone.

Who Should Consider Having a Blepharoplasty Procedure in Washington, DC?

Anyone residing in or around Washington, DC, who would like their eyes to appear more youthful-looking and refreshed should consider a blepharoplasty with Dr. Feledy. Individuals with fullness around their eyes, wrinkles (e.g., crow’s feet) and/or excess skin on the upper or lower lid that is loose and sagging may be good candidates for eyelid surgery at Belmont Plastic Surgery.

Blepharoplasty patients should:

  • Have realistic goals and recognize the limitations of the procedure.
  • Be nonsmokers who avoid using any other products that contain nicotine (e.g., e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, etc.).
  • Have healthy eyes.
  • Be in overall good health, without any medical conditions that could result in unnecessary risks.

Although eyelid surgery is not necessarily considered an age-specific procedure, most of Dr. Feledy’s blepharoplasty patients are 35 years of age and older, however, this procedure can also help younger individuals who would like to have the inherited fullness (i.e., bags) beneath their eyes addressed. Individuals who have hooded eyes can also benefit from a blepharoplasty procedure with Dr. Jules Feledy at Belmont Plastic Surgery.

An Initial Consultation at Belmont Plastic Surgery in Washington, DC

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment and remember to bring your
completed patient forms with you. You can download and print these forms by clicking here.
By filling these forms out at home, the amount of time you have to spend at the office will be reduced.

Dr. Feledy will discuss upper and lower eyelid procedures with you, in detail. Patients are encouraged to ask questions. On many occasions, these questions have helped Dr. Feledy ascertain exactly what a patient would like to accomplish with eyelid surgery in Washington, DC.

After answering all your questions and physically examining your eyelids, Dr. Jules Feledy will recommend the blepharoplasty technique that he believes will accomplish what you desire. Together, you and Dr. Feledy will determine which surgical approach will provide you with the best, longest-lasting results.

If you decide to have Dr. Feledy perform your blepharoplasty procedure, he will create your custom-designed surgical plan. Dr. Jules Feledy knows that each patient is unique, hence, at Belmont Plastic Surgery, there is no ‘standard’ blepharoplasty procedure.

During this initial consultation, Dr. Feledy may take pictures. He uses these photos to assist with creating your surgical plan. Besides serving as a means of reference during the creation of your surgical plan, these pictures can be used for comparison purposes once your blepharoplasty procedure is complete.

Preparing for Your Washington, DC, Eyelid Surgery

A blepharoplasty procedure does not require an overnight stay, therefore, you will return home shortly after your procedure. Since you will receive IV sedation during your procedure, you will not be able to drive yourself home once it is complete, as such, you need to ask someone that you trust to drive you to and from your blepharoplasty procedure.

Bringing your driver with you on the day of your procedures is essential because Dr. Jules Feledy does not permit his patients to use any type of ride-for-hire services or public transportation following procedures requiring sedation or general anesthesia. This policy has been implemented for the safety of his patients.

Blepharoplasty Procedures Available at Belmont Plastic Surgery

There are two types of eyelid surgery, one addresses issues with the upper lid and the other addresses issues with the lower lid. Patients who would like a total eye makeover can have these two procedures performed during the same surgical session. Many of Dr. Feledy’s blepharoplasty patients request that he also address the wrinkles at the outer corners of their eyes.

The incisions created during these procedures are strategically placed to ensure they are essentially invisible once they heal.

A Washington, DC, Blepharoplasty Procedure

Patients receive local anesthesia with IV sedation (aka ‘twilight’ anesthesia). Twilight anesthesia places the patient in a semi-sleep state. With twilight anesthesia, the patient will not remember the procedure. Once the procedure is complete, he or she can be aroused quite easily.

Patients who are having a combination of procedures performed during a single surgical session may receive general anesthesia, as opposed to twilight. General anesthesia differs from twilight in that it is designed to place the patient in a deeper sleep. Some patients who receive this type of anesthesia feel nauseous when they awake. Patients who know they experience this side-effect should let Dr. Feledy and his medical staff know ahead of time. Chances are, they can provide the patient with medication to prevent nausea. In addition, a patient who has experienced any type of complication, during or after surgery, that related to the use of general anesthesia needs to inform Dr. Feledy and his medical staff of this complication before their combination blepharoplasty procedure.

Upper Eyelid Surgery in Washington, DC, with Dr. Jules Feledy

This procedure can take up to two hours.

On the day of their blepharoplasty, patients need to arrive at Belmont Plastic Surgery at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time. In addition, they must have their driver with them when they arrive.

While the patient is in the pre-op area, Dr. Feledy uses a medical marker to draw himself a blueprint that he can refer to as he performs the procedure. At this time, patients are encouraged to ask any remaining questions they have.

Twilight anesthesia (or general anesthesia for patients who are having a combination procedure) is administered and, once the patient is comfortable, the blepharoplasty procedure begins.

Dr. Feledy creates an incision within the crease of the upper lid. This incision is created approximately 1 cm above the patient’s lash line. This placement ensures that the resulting scar remains well hidden.

Working through this incision, Dr. Feledy can easily access the redundant eye tissue that needs to be removed. He removes the excess skin that is distorting the natural contour of the eyelid. He also removes any displaced fat that is present and, sometimes, muscle.

These changes to the upper eyelid can correct:

  • A hooded appearance.
  • Puffy-looking upper lids.
  • Eyes that look deeply set.
  • Crepe-like skin beneath the eyes.
  • Extreme sagging that obstructs the patient’s vision and causes discomfort as he or she blinks.

The incision is closed.

The same procedure is performed on the patient’s other eye.

A Blepharoplasty on the Lower Lid: What to Expect

Lower eyelid surgery is used to address the bulges that develop beneath the eyes (aka under eye bags). These bags result from a weakening of the muscles that support the eyes. Once these muscles weaken, the fat, which also helped with providing support for the eyes, may fall into the lower eyelids. Besides the fat in the lower lids, some patients experience fluid accumulation as well. This fat and fluid results in the development of an unsightly bulge.

The traditional transcutaneous blepharoplasty vs the transconjunctival blepharoplasty:

  • The traditional transcutaneous procedure

    – When under eye bags are addressed with the traditional transcutaneous procedure, an incision is created approximately 1-to 2-mm beneath the patient’s lash line. This incision is used to resect excessive orbital fat, unnecessary muscle and skin.

  • A transconjunctival blepharoplasty

    – This technique can be used in place of the traditional transcutaneous method. This method involves the surgeon creating an incision through the conjunctiva on the inside of the lower eyelid. The conjunctiva is the mucous membrane that covers the eye as well as the inside of the eyelids. When this incision is used, the external incision is not necessary. Although scars that result from a blepharoplasty procedure are essentially invisible, some patients feel better when there is no external incision present. Through this incision, Dr. Feledy can directly enter the fat compartments beneath the skin.

What to Expect After a Blepharoplasty Procedure in Washington, DC

Before leaving the recovery area, patients receive a lubricating ointment. This ointment helps to protect the eyes from feeling dry and sustaining damage. Patients also receive a prescription for pain medication to ensure they remain comfortable as they recover from their eyelid surgery.

For the majority of patients, the numbness and redness that is present following their procedure dissipates within a few days. However, for others, the inflammation and bruising can last a week or two.

Recovering from a Blepharoplasty Procedure in Washington, DC

Patients can reduce swelling by keeping their head elevated and using cold compresses to help reduce inflammation. Cold compresses must never be placed directly on the skin because this can lead to tissue damage; instead, patients need to wrap the cold compress in a towel or washcloth before applying it to their face. On average, patients who have a lower blepharoplasty tend to experience more swelling and bruising than the patients who just have upper eyelid surgery performed.

Following a blepharoplasty, the initial recovery requires approximately a week of downtime: During which time, all patients need to take time off work. Although some patients are presentable enough to return to work within a week, there are those who do require additional healing time.

Patients who are still experiencing bruising after a week and would like to return to work can attempt to conceal their postoperative bruising with cosmetics. If this tactic is successful, he or she may be able to return to work. Nonetheless, patients who think they may feel self-conscious about the inflammation and/or bruising that remains after a week should consider requesting two weeks off work.

For at least a month, patients must refrain from exercising and participating in other strenuous activities. Dr. Feledy will inform the patient when he or she can resume these kinds of activities.

Eyelid Surgery Results

Final results will become apparent a month or two after the blepharoplasty procedure. Since Dr. Feledy strategically placed the patient’s incisions, the resulting scars will be almost invisible and the lids themselves will appear firmer and smoother.

Procedures that Compliment a Blepharoplasty

Dermal fillers can be used to prevent the contrast between youthful-looking eyes and the signs of aging that have developed in other areas of the patient’s face. Chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing can address lower eyelid texture and minimal amounts of lax skin.

When a blepharoplasty is combined with a brow lift (aka forehead lift) the patient enjoys enhanced results. During this procedure, Dr. Feledy carefully repositions the patient’s eyebrows and lifts the forehead skin. Excess tissue is removed so that the patient’s brow area appears smooth.

Possible Complications and Risks Associated with Eyelid Surgery

As with any procedure, there are risks and complications that need to be considered.

Risks and complications associated with a blepharoplasty procedure include:

  • Eyes that feel dry and irritated.
  • Difficulty closing the eyes (or some other type of eyelid problem).
  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Visible scarring.
  • Skin discoloration.
  • Temporary blurred vision.
  • Loss of eyesight (extremely rare).
  • The need for another procedure.
  • General surgery risks, including a reaction to the anesthesia and the formation of blood clots.

To reduce their risk of a complication, it is vital that patients choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform their blepharoplasty procedure. Dr. Jules Feledy has more than 15 years of experience performing these kinds of procedures. He is ranked as one of the top plastic surgeons in Washington, DC, and he is board-certified. Furthermore, at Belmont Plastic Surgery every effort is taken to reduce the likelihood of a patient experiencing a complication.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery in Washington, DC, Cost?

Since each patient is unique, Dr. Feledy needs to examine your eyes before he can provide you with an accurate quote for this procedure. Sometimes, when a patient is experiencing ptosis and it is interfering with his or her vision, health insurance will cover this procedure. For this reason, if you are having vision difficulties due to a drooping upper lid, it is vital that you contact your insurance company to see if they will cover a portion of your blepharoplasty procedure.

Financing Options Are Available at Belmont Plastic Surgery

Dr. Feledy wants his patients to be able to get the procedures that they desire and/or need. He knows that coming up with full payment all at once can be challenging, which is why he works with his patients by providing them the opportunity to apply for special financing programs designed for people who need funds for medical procedures through ALPHAEON CREDIT or CareCredit.

Belmont Plastic Surgery is located at 5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 818 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. If you are interested in having eyelid surgery, contact the office today at (301) 654-5666 to schedule your initial consultation. If you prefer, you can fill out the online form by clicking here. Dr. Jules Feledy and his medical staff are dedicated to providing men and women throughout the Washington, DC, area with high-quality care and state-of-the-art procedures to help them obtain the look they desire and/or address an issue that is affecting their quality of life.

Blepharoplasty FAQs

 

What is eyelid lift surgery?

An eyelid lift surgery or blepharoplasty is a procedure to address:
- Puffy bags beneath your eyes
- Sagging or hooded upper eyelids
- Eyelid skin that is excessive
- Physical obstruction to your vision

Why do people get an eyelid lift surgery?

The results from eyelid surgery can create a change in your appearance which may cause you to look younger leading to an improved quality of life and self-confidence. It is not uncommon for an eyelid lift to be combined with brow lift and neck lift surgery. These can also be performed simultaneously for even better results. Washington DC plastic surgeon, Dr. Jules Feledy, has more than 20 years of experience performing eyelid surgery Northern VA and Washington DC area patients routinely praise.

Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

The best candidates for blepharoplasty are healthy non-smokers with reasonable expectations about what the surgery can offer. Most patients tend to be above the age of 35, as this is when sagging or drooping eyelids can start to become a problem.

Is the eyelid lift surgery safe?

All surgeries carry some form of risk or complication that can be minimized by a qualified surgeon. The risks associated with eyelid surgery include injury to the facial nerves, infection, bleeding, and potential scarring. All efforts are taken to ensure any risks are mitigated. You may be required to see your eye doctor and complete a visual eye exam before you can undergo eyelid surgery for medical cases. Be sure to ask Dr. Feledy about these risks during your consultation.

What happens during the surgery?

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that typically takes one to two hours under IV sedation. Dr. Feledy begins by making an incision along the natural fold of the eyelid, which ensures that scars will be virtually invisible. He removes excess skin, along with some muscle and fat, and then closes the incisions.

What should I expect after surgery?

You will receive a lubricating ointment that will help to protect your eyes from damage and dryness. For most patients the initial redness and numbness will pass after several days while others have experienced some swelling and bruising for one to two weeks after surgery. To help with any discomfort, you may receive a prescription medication following the procedure.

When will I see the results?

Once you have fully recovered from the eyelid surgery, the final results should be apparent between one to two months. Due to the targeted nature of the incisions, the scar should be nearly invisible and your eyelids should appear smoother and firmer.