Upper Eyelid Lift in Washington DC

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Overview of Upper Eyelid Lift In Washington DC

Dr. Rad performs the upper eyelid lift for Washington DC patients experiencing sagging upper eyelids that give the eyes a sad or fatigued appearance. If the eyebrows are also drooping, then sagging eyelid skin is worsened. Fine lines may form over time, and the muscle tissue in the area can also sag, further compounding the issue.

Upper eyelid surgery can be functional and/or aesthetic. Its functional goals include:

• Removing sagging skin that blocks the field of vision

• Improving peripheral vision

An upper eye lift’s aesthetic goals include:

• Tightening drooping upper eyelids

• Trimming away excess sagging upper eyelid skin

• Eliminating a constantly tired or depressed appearance

• Restoring a fresh and awake look

• Smoothing away fine wrinkles on the upper eyelids to impart a more youthful look


Am I a Good Candidate for an Upper Eyelid Lift?

Patients who are in good overall health and have excess drooping skin on their upper eyelids may be ideal candidates for upper blepharoplasty. The procedure is an excellent option for patients who are unhappy with their appearance due to sagging eyelid skin, drooping muscle tissue, and fine eyelid wrinkles.

Non-smokers are ideal for the upper eyelid lift, since smoking negatively affects skin health and elasticity and can impair the healing process. If you are a smoker, you must quit at least two weeks before the procedure and continue to avoid smoking for the entirety of the recovery and healing process. Patients should have realistic expectations for this procedure and should be in good health.

How Does Dr. Rad Approach The Upper Eyelid Lift?

In Dr. Rad’s hands, upper eyelid surgery is safe and extremely very low risk. The procedure is performed in the office while awake and under local injected numbing anesthetic for patient comfort.

First, an incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid (invisible when the eyes are open). An ellipse of skin is removed. The remaining skin is tightened, and sagging muscles may also be tightened. Finally, the incision is closed.

A brow lift and/or lower blepharoplasty may also be needed for more comprehensive results. Speak with Dr. Rad about the possibility of these during your consultation.

Learn The Nuance Of The Washington DC Upper Eyelid Lift

Upper Eyelid Lift

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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There are a number of non-surgical options for revitalizing the upper eyelids. Collagen-stimulating treatments such as laser treatments are a popular option for restoring lost skin elasticity. An eyelid-focused skincare regimen delays the need for surgery. Explore the S+R Boutique for the world’s first edited selection of the best skincare for tired eyes. Professional Makeup Artistry can also mask signs of aging around the eye.


The recovery process after an upper blepharoplasty procedure is different for each patient. Following Dr. Rad’s post-surgical care directions is vital. Mild bruising and temporary swelling are normal and resolve quickly. Patients can typically return to work or go to social outings about 5-7 days after surgery.


Before your upper eyelid lift, you will need to notify Dr. Rad of any drug allergies, particularly to local anesthetics. You will need to avoid taking medications that can increase risk of bruising, including NSAIDs (Aleve, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin and similar medications) and fish oil. Excessive alcohol intake can also increase the chance of bruising and must be avoided.


Signs of aging in the upper eyelids like fine wrinkles, loose skin, and sagging muscles are the result of several factors. These include age-related weakening of the muscles in the region, a natural decline in elasticity due to the skin’s lessened ability to produce new collagen and elastin, and the downward pull of gravity. The skin in this region is very thin, making aging signs especially prominent.


Aside from the upper eyelid lift focusing on the upper eyelids and the lower eyelid lift focusing on the lower eyelids, there are minor differences in technique between these procedures. Upper eyelid surgery is performed using only one type of incision, while lower eyelid surgery offers two types to choose from. The upper eyelid lift incision is made in the natural crease at the top of the eyelid. The lower eyelid lift incision can either be made right below the lower lash line (transcutaneous) or within the eyelid (transconjunctival). Additionally, upper blepharoplasties tend to focus more on excess skin and drooping muscle tissue. Lower blepharoplasties instead often focus more on puffiness caused by excess fat in the region.


The results of an upper eyelid lift are permanent. However, one must take into account that the aging process will still occur and gravity will continue to affect the upper eyelids. Because of this, new signs of aging can still appear in the upper lids after upper blepharoplasty.


What Can I Expect From My Consultation
With Dr. Rad?

During a consultation with Dr. Rad, he will speak with you regarding your complete medical history. This will include any allergies you may have, any medications or supplements you are currently taking, and any past procedures. He will perform an evaluation to ensure that you are in good overall health and are a safe candidate for the upper eyelid lift. Patient safety is Dr. Rad’s top priority.

Dr. Rad will listen to your aesthetic concerns and goals regarding your upper eyelids. The better he understands your goals, the easier it will be for him to help you achieve them. He will also walk you through the upper blepharoplasty procedure in detail, including preparation, the surgery, and the recovery and healing process.

About your Washington DC surgeon

Dr. Rad’s credentials speak for themselves: Princeton (B.S.E, Magna Cum Laude), Duke School of Medicine (M.D.) and University of London (Ph.D.) educated and Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery trained, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, and long-standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rad is considered an expert in facial plastic surgery and microsurgery. He is ranked the #1 plastic surgeon in Washington DC based on aggregate ratings from all independent ranking websites: “top rated local“, “three best rated” top plastic surgeon and “top plastic surgeon reviews“. SHERBER+RAD have never engaged in paid advertising, and all rankings, reviews are from vetted and respected sources.

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What is the cost of eyelid surgery in DC?

Many factors impact the final cost of an upper eyelid lift in Washington DC. The amount of time the surgical session takes, the exact techniques utilized, and the anesthesia administered all play a role in determining the procedure’s overall price.

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