Eyelid Lift in Washington DC


Overview of Eyelid Lift Surgery in Washington DC

Men and women are often vexed by a fatigued, sad or disinterested appearance caused by loose upper eyelid skin, undereye bags, dark circles around the eyes, loose wrinkled undereye skin and hollowed eyesockets. Eyelid lifts, otherwise known as a 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.

Dr. Rad also offers “Cat Eye” reshaping, or canthopexy, which involves subtle changes in the shape of the eye to lift the outer corners to correct situations where the outer eye may tilt downward. When performed expertly blepharoplasty surgery (eyelid lift) can refresh the eyes. Dr. Rad’s approach focuses on natural results so that patients appear rested and with hidden scars tucked within natural creases or completely invisible on the inside of the eyelid surface. Combined upper and lower blepharoplasty can often safely be performed simultaneously. These tried-and-true approaches are safe and effective in experienced hands, and Dr. Rad is expert in achieving patients’ goals while minimizing recovery time.

Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Lift Surgery?

With age, the eyelid and eyebrow tissues sag, and under-eye bags appear. Although you may feel energetic and vibrant, your eyes may be lackluster and show fatigue or disinterest which can impact performance in the workplace and in professional and social settings. Eyelid lifts (blepharoplasties) are very effective to reduce signs of fatigue and optimal candidates are healthy with no eye or retinal disease, glaucoma or vision problems. Men and women with heavy upper eyelid skin and/or under-eye bags with deep tear troughs see the best results. The goal is a refresh, not looking like another person so that your outward appearance reflects your energy, drive and focus. If you feel like your upper eyelids are starting to sag, or you’re displeased with dark circles and bags under your eyes, you might be a good candidate for upper or lower eyelid lifts.

How Does Dr. Rad Approach Eyelid Lift Surgery?

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. Patients can reasonably expect to return to work in 7 days.

For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Rad performs this under general anesthesia which is delivered by a board-certified anesthesiologist in an accredited surgery center. He uses an invisible scar to remove the fat pads from behind the lower eyelids. Dr. Rad places an incision on the inside of the eyelid, a very safe method of scarless eyelid surgery. Oftentimes he combines this with Facial Fat Grafting in order to restore volume to deflated cheeks and under-eye regions.

For the Cat Eye reshaping, Dr. Rad places an upper eyelid incision within the natural fold and permanent sutures are placed to reposition the corners of the eyes slightly upward.

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Dr. Rad’s approach is unique for each patient, and it combines sophisticated, state-of-the-art techniques to achieve natural and long lasting results.


Your vision for your results will emerge through detailed consultation with Dr. Rad, meticulous examination of your anatomy, and careful pre-surgical planning. While Dr. Rad’s surgical approach is unique for each patient, the goal of naturalness remains constant.

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Collagen-stimulating laser treatments can restore skin elasticity and, when combined with a daily eyelid-focused skincare regimen, the need for surgery can be delayed. Thermage FLX, the newest platform for skin tightening, is the only effective non-surgical device for reliable collagen contraction. Injectable dermal fillers can offer immediate results to restore lost volume in the eyesockets and to fill sunken tear troughs with no downtime.


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.


Upper blepharoplasty is one of the most satisfying procedures because it can be performed comfortably in the office under local anesthetic. Every touchpoint is optimized for comfort and Dr. Rad guides you through your procedure with great precision and equally great comfort. Gentle numbing medicine allows you to relax while Dr. Rad removes excess eyelid skin without pain. Bruising is mild and sutures remain in place for 6-8 days. After one week eyes look refreshed and you may enjoy results for many years.


Lower blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) is a very satisfying procedure to restore rested eyes. Puffiness of the undereye is caused by protruding fat pads which, with deep tear troughs, can create a tired appearance. A combination of fat pad removal or repositioning through a hidden incision on the inside surface of the eyed, called “transconjunctival” approach, along with targeted fat transfer to the tear trough, restores a completely rested appearance in most cases. Surgery is performed under light general anesthesia (similar to that used in colonoscopy) and as an outpatient. Recovery, as defined by feeling good about one’s appearance and return to exercise, is approximately 10-14 days.


Wrinkled skin is best addressed with the “subciliary” lower blepharoplasty approach which involves an incision beneath lower eyelashes and “unfurling” of wrinkled skin, redraping and lifting. Often Dr. Rad also tightens the lower eyelid margin to optimize results and prevent ectropion, a potential complication when surgery is not performed precisely, depending on your unique anatomy. While recovery is somewhat longer than the transconjunctival approach, results can be excellent.

Consultation with Dr. Rad


Our plastic surgery office in Washington DC is centered on your comfort and privacy. You’ll be received by our exquisitely attentive staff, and escorted to your own private cabana wherein you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable while consulting discreetly with Dr. Rad. First Dr. Rad will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery and during your consultation you should decide if Dr. Rad is the right surgeon for you. Credentials are crucial and, in addition to being Board certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Rad is Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, and he enjoys an impeccable reputation as a top flight aesthetic surgeon. His facial plastic surgery expertise is sought out as one of the best surgeons in Washington DC, northern Virginia and the US.

Your safety is Dr. Rad's primary concern and he will review your medical history. You should inform Dr. Rad of any medical problems or medications that may affect your healing. If you are medically appropriate to undergo surgery then Dr. Rad's focus will be to understand what specific aesthetic concerns you have. Washington DC patients expect natural results with minimal downtime. Dr. Rad will spend time carefully listening to your concerns, asking clarifying questions and then masterfully guiding you, step by step, to understand how your unique anatomy can be improved to convey a rested appearance. Dr. Rad’s goal is to determine the most comprehensive approach for long lasting, natural results while minimizing downtime. Dr. Rad first needs to understand your specific concerns and you should prepare your thoughts prior to your consultation. Think of words that convey how you feel about your appearance. For example, Washington DC patients often say they look fatigued, tired or lackluster because of undereye bags or dark undereye circles, or they look sad, upset or disinterested such as from heavy eyebrows, excess skin above the eyes or downturned corners of the mouth. Patients often relate concerns of looking older than how they feel and this can be caused by jowls, nasolabial folds, loose neck skin, lines and wrinkles. Try to put into words how your appearance bothers you, and the priority you give to each area. Dr. Rad will then present to you his expert opinion about which procedures would be best to restore your anatomy to create a rested and refreshed appearance. And since surgery is intricate Dr. Rad will guide you through a stepwise approach of aesthetic analysis and he’ll deliver his recommendations in a clear and honest manner. Dr. Rad will present all options available in modern day surgery, both non-surgical and surgical.

Dr. Rad and Board certified dermatologist Dr. Sherber often collaborate to optimize patients’ results and to minimize invasiveness. As such Dr. Rad’s modern approach to surgery harnesses the power of both dermatology and plastic surgery as both specialities address different aesthetic challenges. For example, plastic surgery is effective to lift, tighten and volumize loose, atrophied tissues, whereas dermatologic treatments such as laser, radiofrequency tightening and skincare are best to improve skin texture, pigmentation and tone. Dr. Rad can address any concerns regarding skin quality and how to obtain and maintain optimal results.

Dr. Rad will review with you photos of his patients’ results (many of which you’ll not find online due to privacy concerns) to highlight his aesthetic approaches and skill. He will take your photographs, which remain confidential, to assist with the planning of your surgery. For your safety Dr. Rad performs surgery in a hospital-based operating room, considered to be the safest environment, rather than in the office. Anesthesia is delivered by a board certified anesthesiologist (MD) and you’ll be under light anesthesia which is important for your safety and comfort.

You will receive a customized quote for the procedures in which you’re interested. Once approved we may then move forward with pre-operative preparations and you will meet with Dr. Rad again at your final in person consultation prior to surgery. Dr. Rad’s reputation as one of the most technically gifted surgeons attracts patients nationally and from around the world. We cater to patients from across the globe by arranging virtual consultations, luxury accommodations at The Jefferson hotel, Washington DC’s most luxurious 5 star boutique hotel, as well as private nursing care. Your privacy, comfort and safely achieving exceptional results are our top priorities.

What are Dr. Rad’s patients saying?

“I trust Dr. Rad’s technical expertise as well as his eye for beauty. You will be in excellent hands having Dr. Rad perform your cosmetic surgeries as well as any non-surgical touch ups. Dr. Rad knows how to accentuate your natural beauty.”

Kathleen R. | May, 2018

About your Washington DC surgeon

Dr. Rad’s credentials, results and patient reviews speak for themselves. Princeton (magna cum laude) and Duke University educated, Dr. Rad is a Johns Hopkins trained board certified plastic surgeon and Assistant Professor of plastic surgery there. Dr. Rad has performed thousands of aesthetic facial surgeries and he specializes in minimally invasive, scarless approaches featuring minimal downtime. He is ranked in the top 3 plastic surgeons in DC, has the highest patient ratings across all doctor review websites and has been an invited expert in international conferences teaching his techniques to surgeons from around the world. Dr. Rad’s patients seek to look refreshed and rested with natural results, minimal scars and the least downtime. He has innovated scarless techniques due to his patients’ needs for discretion and hidden evidence of surgery. Dr. Rad has membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Through rigorous written and oral examinations, these national societies have vetted Dr. Rad’s education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct as having met the highest standards in the world.

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What is the cost of eyelid surgery in DC?

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.

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