Eyelid Lift in Washington DC


Eyelid lifts, or blepharoplasty, are procedures designed to brighten the eyes and to convey a rested appearance. Upper eyelid lift focuses on removing excess heavy upper lid tissues that may cause the eyes to appear sad.  Lower eyelid lifts are focused on removal of under-eye bags and filling the tear trough to give the eyes a rested appearance. 

Procedure Cost

STATS: Eyelid lift is the fourth most popular procedure in the United States, and the second most popular in Dr. Rad’s practice, owing to a relatively easy recovery and scarless approaches.

COST: An upper eyelid lift costs $3,500, whereas lower eyelid lift costs $4,500. Cost for comprehensive treatment of the upper and lower eyelids with facial fat transfer to fill sunken cheeks and tear troughs is approximately $12,000 to $15,000. Cost depends on facial anatomy, complexity of surgery, first-time or revision surgery, location (in-office versus hospital OR), and the experience, training and skill of the plastic surgeon.

RECOVERY: Recovery can be only a long weekend for minor in-office procedures or minimally invasive surgery, to 10 days for more extensive procedures. Dr. Rad’s minimally invasive approaches allow patients to return to work quickly.


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      Eyelid Lift: Overview Q+A

      Upper Blepharoplasty is an in-office procedure designed to contour the upper eyelids. It is safe and comfortable under local anesthetic. While resting quietly, the procedure lasts an hour and, in Dr. Rad’s hands, is completely painless. Small adhesive strips remain in place for 5-7 days and then are removed with sutures.  Recovery is painless and bruising is mild, and return to work in 7 days is reasonable. 

      Brow Lift and/or Lower Blepharoplasty may also be needed for a comprehensive result. These are procedures are outpatient and require mild sedation and performance in an operating facility. Recovery is comfortable and bruising and swelling are moderate for only a few days. Return to work in 10 days is very reasonable. 

      Surgery is outpatient and you’ll experience little discomfort easily controlled on mild pain medicine.  You’ll have very little need for strong pain medicine. Mild bruising and temporary swelling are normal and resolve quickly, typically over 3-5 days, depending on the extent of your procedures.  Dr. Rad’s detailed pre- and post-operative preparations ensure that you can achieve results quickly and with minimal down time.  While healing and recovery will be different for each patient, return to work or going to social outings about 5-10 days after surgery is common. 

      What Patients Are Saying

      We consulted with three plastic surgeons before choosing Dr. Rad for my 17 year old son’s rhinoplasty and chin implant in March 2017. From the first meeting, we felt confident that Dr. Rad is a skilled, experienced and talented surgeon who pays attention to every detail. He is also a super guy – warm, caring, attentive and welcoming. Everything went smoothly and we are extremely happy with the results. We are very pleased with the whole experience and recommend him without hesitation.

      Esther Alpert | July 2017

      “I would (and have) recommended Dr. Rad to my family and friends. Dr. Rad is extraordinarily talented. He is extremely professional, articulate and patient. He is singularly focused on ensuring the very best results for each of his clients. I put my trust and confidence into Dr. Rad and his interactions with me and the results of my surgery greatly exceeded my expectations.”

      Lisa Kay in Arlington, VA | May 18, 2017

      “I am so grateful I chose Dr. Rad to perform my surgery. From the moment I walked in, I felt at ease & comfortable. The office is very clean & creative. He took time to answer all my questions, I didn’t feel rushed as I did w/ other surgeons I met. His staff was prompt to respond & very friendly. Post surgery I called over a holiday weekend w/ a question & he called me back quickly. It has been an easy recovery & trust him fully. My scars are fading quick & it’s only been 5 weeks! He’s the best!”

      Jennifer W in Germantown, MD | Jun 22, 2017

      “Dr. Ariel Rad is the finest physician I’ve ever met! I’ve worked with Dr. Rad over the last five years and he encompasses everything you’d hope from a physician and much more. He possesses the highest intellect, sophistication, dedication, and compassion. I can’t say enough about Dr. Rad. Every appointment I’ve had with him has exceeded my expectations. He’s the absolute best! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Ariel Rad to my family and friends for medical care.”

      KVR in Pennsylvania | Jan 10, 2017

      “My goal was to be a refreshed, happy, more confident version of “me.” As I prepared for surgery I had no unanswered questions and was totally confident about Dr. Rad’s skill and judgment. Interactions with Dr. Rad and his team at the time of surgery and follow up were efficient, and delivered with compassion and kindness. I recommend him without qualification.”

      Cathy in Washington, DC | Dec 04, 2016

      “Had a facelift with Dr. Rad. Not only did he do a magnificent job, but he was extraordinarily attentive and caring when I experienced an acute complication from surgery. He has an outstanding bedside manner. In his office, he never makes you feel rushed. Explains everything carefully. And is all around extremely kind and very talented. I have referred several people to him.”

      Louise in Washington, DC | Nov 21, 2016