Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Overview | Northern Virginia

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Posted on March 8, 2018 under Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery is an aesthetic procedure designed to reduce excess skin and fat from the lower or upper eyelids to make the eyes appear more youthful, rested, and rejuvenated. In some cases, both upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures may be performed together. Cosmetic Surgery Associates, with offices in McLean VA, and Bethesda MD, is a leading practice for eyelid surgery in Northern Virginia.

Patients looking for eyelid cosmetic surgery in Virginia or Maryland have an opportunity to receive this procedure from board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Franklin Richards and Dr. Dean Jabs. Both surgeons hold vast experience in procedures of plastic surgery in Maryland and Virginia and receive patients from Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and nearby areas.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower blepharoplasty involves the surgical excision of sagging skin and excess fat deposits present beneath the lower eyelid. The procedure is designed to achieve a firmer, smoother, and younger-looking surface above the cheek. To perform the lower eyelid cosmetic surgery in Maryland and Virginia, Dr. Jabs and Dr. Richard will begin by making an incision underneath the lower eyelash. The incision will be made along the natural crease of the skin to keep it discreet.

Through the incision, excess skin and fat will be removed, and sometimes the underlying muscles may be tightened. Fat may be redistributed to reduce puffiness below the eyes. The incision will heal fairly quickly around the surrounding natural creases of the lower eyelid.

Transconjunctival Eyelid Surgery

If the eye bags below the eyes are relatively less conspicuous, the surgeon may recommend transconjunctival blepharoplasty as a more conservative procedure. This technique will simply involve the removal of targeted pockets of fat without the need to remove any skin.

This technique involves the placement of multiple tiny incisions within the lower eyelid. There is no scarring visible on the outside with this procedure. Dr. Jabs and Dr. Richards may recommend this procedure to suitable candidates seeking lower eyelid plastic surgery in Virginia or Maryland.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery is designed to reduce loose skin and fatty tissue to correct the condition of sagging, inflated eyelids. Aging and sun exposure are major causes behind this appearance of upper eyelids, and upper blepharoplasty is the most effective way to reverse the condition and restore more youthful and refreshed-looking eyes.

Incisions are placed in the natural creases of the upper lids to keep the scars hidden. Through the incision, the surgeon will trim away loose skin that is causing vision obstruction and contributing to a saggy, tired, or angry look of the eyes. Muscle tightening may also be performed in some cases. The remaining skin is tightened and lifted for a younger-looking appearance. Finally, the surgeon will close the incisions with fine sutures.

Ethnic Eyelid Surgery

Ethnic eyelid surgery is a customized procedure designed particularly for patients from an ethnic background, such as Asians. The anatomy of the Asian eyelids can differ from that of the Caucasian eyelids in terms of the position of the eyelid fold. Desirable results can be produced with Asian eyelid surgery, without compromising the basic identity of the face.

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeons Franklin D. Richards, M.D. and A. Dean Jabs, M.D.  please visit  or

Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers