Eyelid Surgery in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Drooping eyelids can cause you to look tired or even cause functional problems. Eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, can help to treat loose and sagging skin on the upper eyelids for a more youthful appearance.

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Cost of Eyelid Surgery:

Upper Eyelid: $5,800

Details Of Eyelid Surgery:

  • Surgery: Surgery is done under a general anesthetic at a surgery center. The surgery takes 1 – 2 hours and is an outpatient surgery.
  • Discomfort: Mild. Anticipate 0 – 3 days of pain medication.
  • Bruising and Swelling: Improves within 1 – 2 weeks. Can last up to 4 weeks. Minimize with constant head elevation and frequent ice application.
  • Stitches: Sutures will be removed in one week.
  • Contact Lenses: May be worn in one week. Glasses may be worn immediately.
  • Bandages: None
  • Make-up: May be worn in 1 week.
  • Presentation in Public: 3 days to 2 weeks with the help of make-up.
  • Work: You may feel capable of returning within 1 – 3 days, but your appearance will be the limiting factor.
  • Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks.
  • Sun Protection: Six months with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Final Result: Seen in 2 – 6 weeks. The results are usually permanent.

Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Individuals who have excess skin covering the natural fold of the eyelids have loose eyelid skin that impairs their vision or have puffy eyelids which cause a look of sadness can often benefit from eyelid surgery. Good eyelid surgery candidates are healthy, non-smokers who do not have a serious eye condition. It is important to remember that drooping lids may also be caused by relaxed skin on the forehead and eyebrows. A consultation with Dr. Rocheford can help to determine whether eyelid surgery can help to remedy your drooping eyelids.

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The Procedure

Eyelid surgery incisions are created so that any scars will be hidden within the natural eye creases. Upper eyelid surgery involves an incision along the eyelid crease for the removal and repositioning of fat, tightening muscles, and removing extra skin. Incisions will be closed with a stitch that will be removed about one week later. Incisions will fade over time and blend into the natural creases of the eye, so virtually no scarring is apparent.

Eyelid Surgery FAQ’s

Who can benefit from eyelid surgery?

Although many people pursue eyelid surgery to address age-related concerns, such as sagging skin or wrinkles, others may undergo the surgery to correct inherited irregularities. Regardless of the cause, healthy adults who are bothered by drooping or tired-looking eyes may benefit from eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, at our Minneapolis-area practice.

How do I know whether I need eyelid surgery or a brow lift?

A brow lift, or forehead surgery, can also rejuvenate the upper face, but it focuses more specifically on wrinkles of the forehead and sagging or lowered brow. Some patients may benefit from both brow and eyelid surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Rocheford works with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses each of your needs.

Where will my eyelid surgery be performed?

Dr. Rocheford performs eyelid surgery using local anesthesia at her office, which saves the patient the surgical center cost. Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery that is relatively simple, so performing it in the office is beneficial.

When may I return to work after surgery?

Eyelid surgery is not typically a complex procedure, and most patients are pleasantly surprised that pain and discomfort during recuperation are mild. However, the procedure can cause significant bruising around the eyes, and makeup application should be avoided for at least 1 week to promote proper healing. For the upper lids, bruising is generally gone in a week.

What will my scars look like?

Dr. Rocheford takes care to make fine, discreet incisions. Upper incisions generally follow the natural crease of the eyelid. The healed scars are typically very inconspicuous and can be concealed further with a small amount of makeup.

Can eyelid surgery be combined with other procedures?

Yes. Dr. Rocheford regularly performs blepharoplasty in addition to other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as brow lift or facelift. A comprehensive at-home skincare regimen, which we can help you set up, can also complement and enhance your surgical results. Dr. Rocheford and our team of aesthetic professionals are excited to work with you to help you find the best version of yourself.

Does Dr. Rocheford offer any non-surgical methods to improve the eyelids?

Injectable dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm and Radiesse, may be used to enhance the area around the eyes by replenishing volume in areas such as the tear troughs and reducing wrinkles. However, the results of injectable dermal fillers are temporary, lasting anywhere between 6 and 9 months. Although these treatments can help improve the appearance of the eyes, they are not an equal alternative to surgery, which repositions and removes excess tissue for a more refined appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Rocheford evaluates your eyelids and the surrounding tissue to help you decide which course of action can create the best results for you.

Can Botox lift droopy eyelids?

In some cases, Botox can lift droopy or hooded eyelids. However, eyelid surgery is sometimes a better option if drooping is caused by excess skin rather than sagging in the brow.

Can droopy eyelids cause blurred vision?

In severe cases, eyelids that droop too low can obstruct your vision. In this case, eyelid surgery may be medically necessary.

Can I sleep on my side after eyelid surgery?

Its extremely important to sleep in an elevated position (on a couch or recliner) after your surgery. This prevents blood pooling and causing excess swelling.

Can you get rid of hooded eyelids?

Eyelid surgery is often effective for hooded eyes because it can remove the excess skin that causes hoods. In other cases, a brow lift may be needed if the hoods are caused by a low or sagging brow.

How do you reduce bruising after eyelid surgery?

After eyelid surgery, youll be given detailed instructions on using ice packs, remaining upright, and taking prescription medications to reduce swelling and bruising. Some bruising is inevitable after surgery since blood tends to pool around the eyes after facial surgery.

How long does an eyelid lift last?

Upper eyelid surgery is nearly permanent but naturally aging may start to impact the results after 5-7 years.

What age is best for eyelid surgery?

Most people choose to have eyelid surgery in their 30s or later once signs of aging like drooping lids have started. However, people with naturally hooded lids can have this surgery earlier. There is no “right age” to have cosmetic surgery.

Who is not a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

People with eye conditions like chronic dry eye or other medical conditions like hypertension, thyroid disorders, hypertension, and heart disease might not be candidates for eyelid surgery. Dr. Rocheford will determine whether you are a candidate at your consultation.

Do they put you to sleep for eyelid surgery?

Yes. General anesthesia will be used to put patients to sleep and keep them comfortable during surgery.

Is eyelid surgery risky?

Like any surgical procedure, eyelid surgery has some risks of infection and a bad reaction to anesthesia. However, these possible complications are rare, especially when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Rocheford.

How do I sleep after eyelid surgery?

After eyelid surgery, patients should sleep with their heads in an elevated position on their backs. They should continue this sleeping habit for the first few weeks to minimize swelling.

Can drooping eyelids cause blurred vision?

Skin that covers the pupil is caused by drooping eyelids can lead to blurred vision or hinder the eye from fully opening. This impaired vision can be dangerous and create risks for someone trying to do their daily activities.

Will blepharoplasty surgery leave scars?

In most cases, there is no visible scarring after blepharoplasty. In cases where scarring is unavoidable, the scars will be minimal and nearly impossible to notice.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Eyelid Surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes about one to two hours. Following surgery, patients will experience bruising and swelling, which can be controlled with elevation and ice. Any discomfort can also be controlled with pain medication. Glasses can be worn immediately following surgery, and contacts can be worn after a week. Patients can return to work within one to three days, or when they feel comfortable with their appearance. Exercise can take place in two weeks. Final results are seen in two to six weeks post-op and are permanent. If you’re ready to discuss your options for improving the appearance of your eyelids, now is a great time to schedule your eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury and beyond. Simply request a consultation online, or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 today to schedule your appointment.

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