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The Virginia Gold Cup Association hosts two of the hottest steeplechase races in Virginia. The Virginia Gold Cup Races held on the first Saturday in May and the International Gold Cup Races held on the third Saturday in October are a social “must” in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

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faceliftDr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) is a board certified facial plastic surgeon, who heads the Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts in Northern Virginia. She provides a range of advanced cosmetic surgery procedures for patients in Chantilly, Fairfax and surrounding communities in VA. Dr. V specializes in facial plastic surgery and performs cosmetic and reconstructive procedures such as facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, and rhinoplasty.

Dr. V is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency training in Head and Neck Surgery. She followed it up with a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA.

What is a Facelift?

Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the signs of aging, primarily from the midface and lower face. Aging signs may appear more conspicuously on the face due to heredity factors, gravitational forces, environmental exposure, sun damage, medical condition, and natural facial expressions. Skin elasticity also goes down with age due to depletion of natural collagen. Facelift is an effective way to reverse the signs of aging, make the facial skin appear tighter and smoother, and restore youthfulness to the face.

The procedure involves re-contouring the loose skin and muscles, re-positioning the underlying fat and tissue, and restoring volume to the cheeks and mid-face without causing excessive stress to the overlying skin. A typical facelift can take several years off the patient’s face. The goal is to meet the patient’s needs and expectations from the procedure without compromising safety and customizing the treatment in accordance with the unique facial features and anatomy of the patient.

Facelift Techniques

With advancements in cosmetic surgery, a number of innovative approaches to facelift and neck lift surgery are available today. However, the traditional facelift procedure still continues to be preferred by many surgeons. An experienced plastic surgeon will choose the technique that is most suited to meet the patient’s needs and facial condition.

Traditional Technique: The traditional or standard facelift technique is designed to treat the lower two-third portion of the face as well as the neck. It involves removal of excess fat and skin, tightening the loose muscles, and re-draping the skin on the face smoothly. This procedure can be used to correct conditions such as sagging skin, excess fat pockets, droopy jowls, lines beneath lower eyelids, tired or old looking mid-face, lines around the mouth and double chin.

Endoscopic Technique: This facelift procedure involves the use of a miniature camera that is inserted underneath the skin to help identify problem areas and perform corrective surgery. The technique is minimally invasive to ensure that the recovery period is shorter, surgical risk is reduced and scars are negligible. Tiny incisions are made in this technique to help lift the upper face and cheeks. This technique can help improve conditions such as droopy brows, loose skin over cheeks, frown lines, sagging mid-face and jowls, and lines around the mouth.

Facelift is essentially a facial plastic surgery of the mid-face, lower face, and may also include the neck. However, conspicuous signs of aging in the upper face may not be corrected by any facelift technique. To ensure overall facial harmony, the plastic surgeon may recommend combining of facelift with other procedures such as forehead lift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, and minimally invasive treatments such as Botox or laser skin rejuvenation.


Facelift is usually performed under local anesthesia. The surgeon will begin the procedure by making an incision along the hairline or natural creases or folds on the face to hide the scars. Through the incision, the surgeon will remove a certain amount of excess tissue and fat. Multiple small incisions may be made to remove fat and loose skin from the chin and neck to enhance the overall facial contour. The overlying skin will be smoothed and re-draped on the face and the incisions will be closed.

The patient will have the face bandaged after the surgery and it may take a day or two before the dressings can be removed. Stitches will be removed in about a week. Pain relieving medication may be prescribed for the first few days. Cold compresses can be used to provide relief from swelling and bruising. Most patients can resume their normal activities within two to three weeks following the surgery.

Facelift with Dr. V

The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts is a state of the art facility for facial plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA. Dr. V is board certified facial plastic surgeon, with expertise in various cosmetic surgery procedures. She is an experienced surgeon in Northern Virginia for facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, and other facial rejuvenation techniques.

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2O_yNwqpA92KTl90IERIh6oGMRO0vVYzyNCBd_CrpBs,CIHbm3aCj53nUhuHdKRPHxBIWwlO3yUqexVO-SMxR_cAs a facial plastic surgeon, in addition to consultations for surgical improvement of facial aesthetics, I am often asked by patients about basic skincare as a complement to other efforts. I like to compare beautiful skin to a perfect canvas on which an artist manifests her masterpiece. The skin on your face and neck can signify to others a lot about your health and how well you take care of yourself. Yet, many of us disregard our skin’s health and often spend little time nourishing it. Indulge your skin to allow glowing illustration of your emotions.

The most basic skincare regimen consists of cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting.

Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser specifically formulated for the face.  You may use a soft brush or your fingers to gently exfoliate and refresh in the morning, and de-stress and fully cleanse in the evening after a long day.

Moisturize with a balanced complex that uniquely harmonizes with your type of skin:  dry, neutral, oily.  Don’t be tempted to skip this step if you suffer oily skin.  Lack of moisture initiates a vicious cycle that throws your skin even more off-balance and causes more oil production.

And most importantly, protect your canvas at all times from the harsh aging effects of the sun.  Allow me to repeat.  Protect. Protect. And protect!  Each and every morning, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30, covering both UVA and UVB.

In the summer months, constant reapplication is essential as the sunscreen shield often fades away during activity.  Don’t neglect your skin in the coming winter months.  Although the sun may not be directly beaming down on us, its rays still reach and damage our skin.  Most of us in the metro area spend an abundance of time in the car commuting during the week.  Sun exposure comes directly and indirectly reflected from other cars, from dashboards, from any shiny surface. Protect yourself.

In addition, always apply an initial layer of sunscreen before you apply make-up or other cosmetic products. Even though some products offer a degree of sun protection, most do not fully prevent sun penetration adequately. Check and confirm next time you pick up a foundation product.

Vigilance and dedication to nourishing and cultivating your skin with delay the signs of aging and lead to a healthy canvas whereupon a work of art and expression arises.

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shutterstock_95613472Often referred to as a “microscopic facelift,” The Fraxel DUAL wavelength system builds upon the original patented fractional technology of the Fraxel Re:Store laser to allow practitioners to treat the deep and superficial layers of the skin simultaneously, without requiring the need for additional recovery time. The Fraxel DUAL treatment utilizes lasers operating at complementary frequencies to generate miniscule wounds in the skin’s dermis, which then initiates an internal healing response from the body, causing it to naturally produce collagen and elastin, the two primary components necessary for skin restoration and healing.

Fraxel DUAL laser system offers a number of new and advanced treatment benefits, including:

  • Provides more treatment options and better opportunities for treatment customization
  • Doctors can treat larger areas of the body or multiple regions of the body in one session
  • The procedure is more comfortable for patients
  • Length of treatment time is reduced
  • Pigment reduction results are visible more quickly

Because the Fraxel DUAL laser system offers the advantages of two lasers in one treatment, it is an excellent choice to treat a broad range of skin conditions and problems, and is effective for patients with mild or severe skin damage. The Fraxel DUAL laser is FDA-approved to treat a multitude of skin problems, including, but not limited to: periorbital wrinkles (wrinkles around the eyes), age spots, surgical scars, melasma (irregular patches of brown skin), actinic keratosis (precancerous lesions), acne scars, unwanted brown spots, pigmented lesions, and fine lines.

Another benefit of Fraxel DUAL is its ability to target and treat small areas of tissue without causing damage to the surrounding tissues, thereby minimizing recovery time, and allowing patients to resume their daily activities shortly after their treatment. Following the 15-30 minute treatment, patients may experience temporary after-effects such as a sun-burnt appearance, minor itching, dry skin, flaking, and skin peeling—all of which will subside in 2-3 days.

Although Fraxel DUAL’s skin-rejuvenating results will be visible after only one session, clinical studies recommend a treatment regimen of 3-5 sessions spaced approximately one month apart in order to achieve optimal and lasting skin-resurfacing effects.

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Eyelid SurgeryThe Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts is one of the leading facilities for facial plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA. The facility is led by Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V), who is a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon for facial procedures. Dr. V has focused her expertise on improving all parts of the face, including the upper face. The upper face, which includes the eyes, brows and the forehead, cannot be corrected with a facelift procedure. Therefore, for droopy, wrinkled or tired looking eyes, Dr. V performs eyelid surgery in Northern Virginia.

Eyelid Surgery
Dr. V is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in eyelid surgical procedures. She deeply understands the importance of eyes, which are the most delicate structure of your face as well as the most defining part of the face in terms of aesthetics. An eyelid surgery can enhance the entire appearance of your face and make you look more youthful and rejuvenated. It is important to evaluate which part of the eyelid area may be causing a difference to the looks, and a customized cosmetic surgery solution should be created accordingly.

Dr. V prefers to use minimally invasive plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA when it comes to eyelid procedures. Patients suffering from one or more of the following conditions are usually good candidates for an eyelid surgery in Northern Virginia at the Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts:

  • Bulges or bags underneath the eyes
  • Creases or folds above the eyes
  • Dark shadows around the eyes
  • Droopy or baggy eyelids
  • Vision obstruction due to loose skin or tissue

Eyelid Surgery Procedures
Eyelid surgery is the most effective way to remove excess skin, tissue and fat from lower or upper eyelids.

Upper Eyelid Surgery / Eye Lift
An upper eyelid surgery, also known as an eye lift, is designed to raise an upper eyelid slightly if the loose skin is causing it to sag from heaviness. The surgery involves an incision, which will be concealed within the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Excess skin and tissue will be removed through the incision to reduce bagginess in the upper eyelids.

Lower Eyelid Surgery
This surgery is performed through the inside of the lower eyelid. The incision is used to remove excess fat or skin, which may be evenly redistributed. If the patient suffers from muscle laxity, a corrective adjustment may be made during this procedure. Sometimes laser therapy may be used along with the surgery to reduce wrinkles and tighten the lower eyelid skin.

Functional Eyelid Surgery
As against a purely cosmetic eyelid surgery, a functional blepharoplasty is performed to make functional corrections. If the patient’s vision is getting obstructed due to drooping upper eyelid, this surgery may be performed. The surgeon may sometimes combine functional corrections with cosmetic surgery, depending on the patient’s needs.

Asian Eyelid Surgery
In addition to the regular procedures in facial plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA, Dr. V also performs Asian eyelid surgery. It is critically important for a plastic surgeon performing an ethnic procedure to have a complete understanding of the ethnic anatomy. Dr. V intimately understands Asian eyelid anatomy and Asian face, which makes her a highly sought after surgeon for this procedure.

Asian eyelid surgery in Northern Virginia is typically recommended for patients who have an incomplete or non-existent upper eyelid crease, which allows the skin to hang over the lashes and hides much of the eye. Dr. V is an expert to correct this condition, which is also commonly known as “sleepy eyes.”

Techniques for Asian Eyelid Surgery
Dr. V primarily employs three techniques to perform this procedure. The needs of each patient may differ, depending on the basic structure and anatomy of their face and eyes. Therefore, Dr. V ensures that each patient receives a customized solution in order to meet their needs and expectations in the best possible manner.

Full Incision Technique
In this technique, Dr. V will perform a full incision across the upper eyelid. The scar will be only minimally visible after the healing is completed because Dr. V takes care to conceal the scar naturally.

No Incision Technique
In this technique, Dr. V will pass sutures back and forth through the eyelid, but not make an incision. The benefit of this procedure is that it does not involve any visible scarring, and the recovery is immediate.

Multiple Incisions Technique
In this technique, Dr. V will make several tiny incisions along the eyelid. The advantage of this technique is that it removes fat while leaving a negligible scar.

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Enhance Your Facial Aesthetics with Plastic Surgery in ChantillyThe Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts ranks among the most coveted centers for facial plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA. The Virginia Institute is headed by Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V), who is one of the renowned plastic facial surgeons in Northern Virginia for facial plastic surgery. Dr. V provides personalized care and attention and nurtures a compassionate relationship with every patient.

The Virginia Institute offers some of the most advanced techniques and technologies to ensure optimal results. If you are looking for a facelift in Fairfax, Chantilly or surrounding communities, the Virginia Institute may be the right facility for your needs.

Benefits of a Facelift
As far as body aesthetics are concerned, your face is the most important part of your personality. However, the face is also more exposed than other body parts to the environment, gravitation forces and sun damage and may also be impacted by medical conditions, genetic factors and your everyday facial expressions. All these can cause your face to age. Your facial skin may start sagging and wrinkles may appear. This is where a facelift is the most certain, permanent and effective solution available to reduce the wrinkles and regain a youthful face.

A facelift can take several years off your face, which will not only make you look and feel more attractive and youthful, but will also improve your self-esteem. Most patients enjoy a more wholesome and successful personal and professional lives after a facelift. For facial plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA, the Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts is a state of the art facility led by Dr. V. Dr. V will closely related to your needs and desires with regard to a renewed look, and will provide a customized facelift treatment.

Why Choose Dr. V?
If you are in need for a facelift in Fairfax or Chantilly in Northern Virginia, you will be in safe hands if you opt for the procedure with Dr. V at the Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts. As a board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. V has focused her expertise on facelifts, and has achieved amazing results for thousands of patients over her long and illustrious career. She is a renowned surgeon for correcting age-related changes in the face and neck.

Dr. V’s extensive training and experience in the field of cosmetic surgery and her specialized focus on facelift has made her a leader in this area of plastic surgery. She makes sure to remain constantly updated with the latest and most advanced facelift techniques, and employs them to the best advantage of her patients. She believes that a facelift is a combination of art and science, and she achieves that elusive balance between the two to produce safe and yet stunningly beautiful results for each patient.

Facelift Techniques
For facial plastic surgery in Chantilly, Fairfax and other nearby areas in Northern Virginia, many patients choose Dr. V because she is able to use the most appropriate facelift techniques in accordance with the specific needs of a patient. Traditional facelift techniques are still an effective way to remove excess skin and tissue from the face, but when it comes to approaching the deeper underlying tissue structures, innovative techniques must be employed for best results.

Two primary techniques for facelift in Fairfax and Chantilly, VA available at the Virginia Institute are listed as follows:

Traditional Technique
A traditional facelift technique can correct the following basic issues with your face:

  • Loose facial skin
  • Drooping jowl
  • Excess or displaced fat deposits
  • Wrinkles beneath lower eyelids
  • Sagging mid-face
  • Laugh lines
  • Excess skin around the chin or double chin

Endoscopic Technique
This advanced technique is minimally invasive and achieves the desired results without leaving any significant scars. The technique involves tiny incisions through which a miniature camera is inserted to help the surgeon make correct lifting of the cheeks and upper face. This technique can correct the following:

  • Drooping brow
  • Loose skin over the cheeks
  • Frown lines
  • Facial folds and creases
  • Smile lines
  • Sagging mid-face
  • Drooping jowl

Dr. V will evaluate the circumstances of a particular case before recommending the most appropriate facelift technique. In some cases, she may use a combination of the two techniques if it will produce a better outcome. Dr. V advises her patients that a facelift with primarily improve the lower half of the face and the mid-face. However, the upper face may require additional techniques such as eyelid surgery, brow lift, forehead lift, laser skin rejuvenation, or Botox injections. Facial plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA for all these procedures is available under a single roof at the Virginia Institute under the guidance and leadership of Dr. V.

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