Minneapolis Eyelid Lift | St. Paul, Minnesota Dr. George Landis

The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than on other areas of your face, and is therefore, often the place where the first signs of aging reveal themselves. If you have loose or drooping skin around your eyes, it can have a profound impact on your entire facial appearance by making you look years older.

The contour of the eyelids and the skin above the eyes affects whether you look approachable and alert, or tired and sad. Eyelid surgery, technically known as blepharoplasty, is a surgery that removes saggy skin and rejuvenates the appearance of the entire upper face.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical outpatient procedure that improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. It is a straightforward surgery with significant anti-aging benefits.

During the surgery, Dr. Landis can remove drooping skin from the upper eyelids, improving their contours and lifting drooping skin. The lower eyelids can be more complicated to treat and may require a combination of fat removal, fat transfer, and skin removal.

With eyelid surgery, Dr. Landis can address the following issues:

  • Puffiness and bags beneath lower eyelids
  • Excess skin hanging on the upper eyelid lashes
  • Puffy and bulging eyelid skin
  • Upper eyelids that sag to such a degree that they obscure your vision

Who Is a Good Candidate for Minneapolis Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery might be right for you if you are in overall good physical and mental health, do not smoke, and do not have any medical conditions that cause issues with bleeding or wound healing. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Landis will evaluate you and ask you questions about your health history to determine your candidacy for this procedure. Come prepared to answer these questions honestly.

Patient safety is our priority and a thorough pre-operative consultation helps us to achieve this goal.

What to Expect After Blepharoplasty in St. Paul, MN

While the recovery process from your eyelid surgery will vary depending on your unique needs, there are a few general things most patients can expect as they heal.

  • Bruising and swelling are the most common side effects. Improve these post-procedure symptoms by applying cold compresses.
  • Most patients find they are sufficiently recovered to return to normal activities after a week to 10 days following blepharoplasty. By the two-week mark, most of your swelling and bruising should resolve.

Here are our top tips to help your blepharoplasty recovery process go more smoothly.

Follow Your Post-Surgery Instructions Diligently

We will send you home with detailed instructions on how to care for yourself as you get better, including when to return for follow-up appointments. Be sure to adhere to these carefully to ensure the smoothest possible recovery process.

Avoid Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are typical after eyelid surgery. To avoid this issue, you’ll need to keep reading and screen time at a minimum. Activities like watching TV or using your phone or computer can slow the blink rate, increasing dry eye and slowing recovery from blepharoplasty surgery.

Plan for Plenty of Rest

It’s time for a time out. Recovery time means a break from your typical daily activities. In the week leading up to your surgery, do household chores like laundry or cleaning, and have some meals prepped and ready to go. While you recover, expect your energy levels to be lower than usual, since your body will be focused on healing. If you feel tired, take a nap. Don’t try to be a warrior and push yourself through, or you won’t progress as quickly as you’d like. Giving your recovery the time it needs upfront, shortens the overall length of the recovery process and helps patients to avoid complications.

Don’t Do Any Strenuous Exercise

For the first two to four weeks after your eyelid surgery, you will need to avoid activities that increase blood flow to the eye area. Though light walks can help with your circulation, you’ll need to steer clear of sports and high-impact activities like jogging. Be cautious about everyday activities that increase pressure in your head and increase blood flow to your eyes, such as bending, lifting heavy items, and lying flat on your back.

Avoid Stress

Relaxing is another way to promote better wound healing and speed your recovery. Unplug from work and find enjoyable ways to pass the time that don’t require watching or reading anything. Leading up to your surgery, you may find it helpful to make a playlist of your favorite music, download some audiobooks, or prep your favorite de-stressing activities.

Combining Your Cosmetic Eye Surgery & Other Procedures

Eyelid surgery is highly customizable and easy to tailor to your unique needs and cosmetic goals. Your procedure may involve a conservative removal of fat and skin, tightening of the deeper tissue layers, or a combination of these techniques. Achieving an overall youthful appearance may require addressing other areas of aging on the face and neck.

Depending on your specific situation and surgical objectives, Dr. Landis may recommend performing your eyelid surgery in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures or treatments such as:

Helping achieve your aesthetic goals both effectively and safely is our top priority. During your consultation with Dr. Landis, he will work to clearly understand exactly what you would like to accomplish, and carefully explain all treatment options to arrive at the best surgical and nonsurgical plan. Dr. Landis will never recommend a procedure you don’t need, and you should never feel pressured or rushed into making any kind of decision.

How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost in Minnesota?

Eyelid lifts can vary a great deal and can encompass a variety of techniques. Since each eye lift is uniquely tailored to the specific goals of the individual, the cost of eyelid lift surgery varies from patient to patient. The first step in determining estimated treatment costs is scheduling a confidential consultation with Dr. Landis. Dr. Landis will examine the eye area, discuss your goals, and provide you with an estimate of the fees for your procedure.

Request Your One-on-One Eyelid Surgery Consultation

If you’re in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and have any questions about a procedure or wish to schedule a consultation for an eyelid lift or another treatment with Dr. Landis, please contact our office today at 952-562-5940. Dr. Landis is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who is committed to upholding the highest possible standards of patient safety and care. His awards and accolades include being named among “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by The Consumers’ Research Council of America, as well as a “Top Doc” by Minneapolis St. Paul magazine, and a “Top Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly.

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