Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington prides herself on her attention to detail when performing delicate facial surgeries like blepharoplasty. During your consultation, she’ll work with you to determine the best facial rejuvenation plan for your unique needs.
Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about eyelid lifts, including pricing. Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped women and men from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Wayzata, Minnetonka and beyond with upper and lower eyelid surgery.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
- Loose skin or bags around the eyes
- Puffy upper or lower eyelids
- Excess eyelid skin that detracts from the appearance of your eyes
- Droopy eyelashes
- A permanently tired or aged look
Your Eyelid Lift Procedure
You should arrive at the surgical facility 1 hour before your procedure begins. If you are put under general anesthesia, you will need to stay in a recovery room for 1 hour after your surgery is over, and a friend or family member will need to drive you home. An adult should plan to stay with you for 24 hours after your eyelid lift.
Depending on your appearance goals, Dr. Harrington may suggest combining your eyelid surgery with additional procedures. Many people combine blepharoplasty with a brow lift. It’s also common to have a facelift with eyelid surgery to address signs of aging in the lower and mid face. Because eyelid surgery does not improve the appearance of crow’s feet, Dr. Harrington may also recommend BOTOX® injections.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Although individual experiences vary, final results typically take up to 3 months to fully develop.
It’s important to discuss potential complications and risks of blepharoplasty with Dr. Harrington prior to your procedure. If you notice a sudden increase in swelling or sharp pain, notify our office immediately.
Eyelid Surgery FAQ
Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?
Eyelid surgery is not covered by most health insurance plans when performed for purely cosmetic reasons. However, if your blepharoplasty procedure is deemed medically necessary — such as when drooping upper eyelids impair vision — insurance may cover some or all of the costs. Contact your insurance company directly to inquire further about potential coverage for your procedure.
If your procedure is not covered by insurance and cost is an obstacle for you, discuss financing options during your consultation to help ensure your procedure is as affordable as possible.
How do I choose the best eyelid surgery plastic surgeon near me?
When choosing an eyelid plastic surgeon in your area, ensure that each candidate is certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has ample experience performing facial plastic surgeries such as blepharoplasty. Reading online reviews, viewing before and after eyelid surgery photos and asking friends and family for referrals are great next steps to narrow your search. Finally, schedule a consultation with your top one or two picks.
What is the best age for eyelid surgery?
While there is no single “best” age to get eyelid surgery, the majority of people who opt for this procedure are over 40. Many people choose to wait until their 40s, 50s and 60s to get eyelid surgery since nonsurgical treatment options like injectables can often be very effective for mild eyelid sagging and eye-area wrinkles.
Is eyelid surgery painful?
Pain and discomfort after eyelid surgery are typically mild and easily managed with cold compresses and over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. Swelling, bruising and temporarily blurred vision are common side effects after blepharoplasty, though these effects generally dissipate fairly quickly over the next several days.
How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?
Most swelling, bruising and discomfort associated with eyelid surgery should dissipate within a week after your procedure. For this reason, most people plan to take 5 to 7 days off of work and social activities. While you may notice gradual improvements over the next days and weeks, it can take around three months for final eyelid surgery results to be visible.
How long do results from eyelid surgery last?
On average, upper eyelid surgery results can last up to seven years, while results of lower eyelid surgery are very long-lasting and may never need to be revised. You can help to prolong your eyelid surgery results by wearing daily SPF and avoiding prolonged sun exposure, managing stress, eating a healthy diet and following a consistent anti-aging skincare regimen that has been customized for your skin’s unique needs.