As we age, many people experience droopiness and puffiness of the upper eyelids. Beyond possible visual impairment, these undesired changes in your appearance can cause anxiety, stress and loss of self-esteem.

Before Surgery

To better understand your overall health and conditions, Dr. Gene Vandervort can perform a thorough examination of your face and eyes. Afterwards, he can provide you with pre-operative instructions that may include discontinuing the use of specific drugs for several weeks prior to surgery. Antibiotics or steroids may also be prescribed.


Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, involves removing excess skin and fat on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This treatment is often performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures, such as a facelift and/or forehead lift. Blepharoplasty it typically performed under oral sedation, IV sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your preference.

During your treatment, Dr. Vandervort will make discreet incisions in the natural creases and lines of your eyelids. He will then remove excess skin and fat from the underlying compartments. Small sutures are used to close the incision. At this point, ointments and dressings may be applied to aid in the healing process. Blepharoplasty surgery usually takes less than two hours. In many cases, laser or chemical resurfacing is often performed at the same time to reduce wrinkles.

Post-Operative Information

It is common to experience some bruising and swelling, but these usually resolve in a week or two. If you experience dry eyes, they may be treated with medication. You may also be sensitive to wind and bright light for a period of time. Numbness and itching is also common during the healing process.

When you receive eyelid surgery in Ashburn or Leesburg, Virginia, from Loudoun Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, you will have periodic follow-up appointments with our cosmetic surgeon to ensure that you are healing properly. If you have questions about either before or after your treatment, please contact our one of our offices.