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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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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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
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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.