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The Eyes are the First Thing to Go!

eye bagsI love what I do for a living; I make people look and feel younger.  My practice ranges from 4  year old children with protruding ears to 80 year old facelift patients and everything in between.

I am frequently asked “what is the first cosmetic surgery procedure patients have done?”  The answer is usually pretty simple and that is cosmetic eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty.  The eyes have been called the Seat of the Soul and are the first thing we look at when we view other humans (and animals).  Although many patients (both men and women) had beautiful eyes that were bright, shining, open and youthful, birthdays and heredity catch up to all of us.

The upper face usually ages faster than the lower face and many patients in their late 30’s and early 40’s start to  notice aging changes in the eyelids.  This is usually manifested by:

  • Droopy upper lid skin (hooding)
  • Fat bags on the upper and lower eyelids
  • Crinkly, pigmented skin on upper and lower lids
  • Drooping brows

These changes can quickly give us a tired and aging appearance.  It is really common for patients to tell me “Dr. Joe, I exercise, diet and take great care of my self, but people are always asking me if I am tired”  Again, the eyes can make us look older, tired and sad.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) is a relatively easy surgical procedure.  Dr. Niamtu has operated on over 5,000 eyelids for cosmetic enhancement and uses the latest lasers instead of scalpels and scissors.  Laser surgery means no bleeding which translates into faster surgery with less pain and bruising and a faster recovery.  Cosmetic laser blepharoplasty takes about 15 minutes per eyelid and is performed in our fully AAAHC accredited in office surgery center with IV sedation.  Recovery is usually about a week and patients love the changes.

To read more about cosmetic eyelid surgery by Dr. Joe Niamtu, visit




Office Address

Joe Niamtu III, DMD
11319 Polo Place
Midlothian, VA 23113

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

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