Virginia Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid Lift Surgery Virginia Beach, VA

The eyes, often called the “lamp” of the body, are the most expressive part of the face. With aging or as a result of heredity, many individuals develop baggy eyelids, puffiness or even impaired vision from sagging in the eyelid area. Facial expressions can change as the result of drooping or puffy eyelids,  and you may begin to look tired, fatigued, sad or even angry even though you’re not.

Today, due to an increasingly-competitive workplace and the tremendous interest in anti-aging, men and women alike are having eyelid plastic surgery at The Choe Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia to remove those unwanted signs of aging and to rejuvenate the eye area. We have also included in our readers’ section to your right some common procedures that clients have performed by Dr. Choe in addition to the eyelid lift surgery.

What is the Blepharoplasty Procedure?

The eyelid lift, also referred to as eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, is a procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from either the upper or lower eyes in order to improve an aged, tired or sad appearance. The procedure may be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both. Surgery on the upper eyelids is ideal for patients with excess skin or fat in their upper eyelid area, while surgery on the lower eyelids can help patients with excess skin or “bags” under the eyes.

Dr. Kyle Choe performs this procedure at the Choe Center’s AAAHC-accredited in-office surgery center. IV sedation is used and surgical times average 1 to 1 ½ hours. For surgery on the upper eyelids, the incision is made in the lid crease of the upper eyelid. For surgery on the lower eyelids, the incision is made inside of the lower eyelid or just under the eyelashes. These incision locations minimize resultant scars. Working through the incisions, Dr. Choe will remove an appropriate amount of skin and fat and then perform a meticulous closure of the incision using a very fine needle.

Are you a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Not all would-be patients will be a candidate for this procedure. There are certain ophthalmic as well as medical conditions which can prevent an individual from being eligible for an eyelid lift. These conditions include dry eye and glaucoma. Medical conditions that can prevent eligibility for eye surgery include hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and insufficient eyelid structure. Even surrounding bone structure can affect one’s eligibility to undergo this procedure.

Individuals who are considered good candidates for this procedure should be at least 18 years of age and in good health mentally and physically. Any eligible candidate for this procedure should have realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcome.


A consultation will help determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure, and if it is the right choice to get you the results you desire. The consultation will include the establishing of realistic expectations, as well as the cost for the procedure. As much detail as possible will be provided in the consultation so that there are no unknowns about the surgery. The consultation can also result in additional procedures being suggested by the surgeon.

Before Surgery

Most patients are encouraged to ensure they have their home stocked with items like ice cubes and plastic bags to make ice packs. They are also likely to be encouraged to have acetaminophen, artificial tears and food supplies for about a week’s time. This will allow the patient to relax at home and recover properly following surgery. Patients should also have a ride arranged for transport to and from surgery.

Blepharoplasty Recovery

Eyelid surgery recovery takes approximately one week. During this time, patients may experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. Other side effects may include dry eye, itching or burning of the eye, tearing, sensitivity to light, and blurred or double vision. Stitches are removed three to four days after surgery. Most patients find that they are well enough to return to work within one week of their eyelid lift surgery, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for two to three weeks.

Cosmetic eye surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Choe. To ensure the best possible results from your procedure, Dr. Choe will personally see you for all post-op appointments, including suture removal. Call today to learn more about eyelid lift surgery or to schedule a consultation: (757) 389-5850.

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Benefits of Eyelid Lift Surgery

Virginia Beach Eyelid Lift Procedure

  • Blepharoplasty corrects droopiness, puffiness and bags
  • Restores contour to the eye area
  • Removes “hoods” that impair vision
  • Can be combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures, see below
  • Is one of the most common surgeries done today
  • Blepharoplasty eliminates that tired, angry or sad look

Complementary Procedures: Browlift, Mid-Face lifts, Full Face Lifts

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I feel any pain during surgery?

No. During your cosmetic eye surgery, you will be asleep and not hear, see or feel anything.

How long will my procedure take?

The time varies with each patient since most patients decide to combine eyelid plastic surgery with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as skin resurfacing for wrinkles or a browlift to totally enhance that part of the face. It can also be combined with a facelift or necklift.

Is recovery painful?

No. Most of our patients use the word “discomfort” more than pain. There is always some discomfort with any surgical procedure, but this is easily managed with oral pain medication and goes away a little more each day.

How long before I will be able to return to work or normal activities?

Depending upon the extent of your surgery, your recovery should take about one week and you should be presentable to return to work within 5-7 days. If you have an endobrow lift or combine this procedure with a facelift, plan on 2-3 weeks. You will not be allowed to do any strenuous activity for a few weeks until healing is complete. This includes lifting, straining, etc.

Is there much swelling and bruising?

There will be some swelling and bruising during your recovery, however we try to minimize this by having you take Arnica (a naturopathic herb that helps prevent bruising) and by using cold packs and elevating the head.

How much does the procedure cost?

While the cost will vary according to several factors, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) listed the average cost for blepharoplasty in 2009 as $3,736.

What is Asian eyelid surgery?

Asian eyelid surgery is a procedure which reshapes the eyelid of Asian patients to create an upper eyelid crease, or “double eyelid.”

What much does this procedure cost in Virginia Beach?

At the Choe Center in Virginia, this procedure ranges between $2500 to $4500, including anesthesia fees. Remember though, individual patient needs will often vary significantly. For the most accurate figure, come in for an individualized consult with Dr. Choe.

What is laser blepharoplasty?

This is a variation of the traditional procedure in which a laser is used to create the incision as opposed to a traditional knife or scalpel.