The eyes are our most expressive feature, and can also be one of our most attractive. A loss of skin elasticity and thinning facial tissue due to age can obstruct the beauty in and around our eyes, leading to sagging eyelids, under-eye bags and a permanently tired expression. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can reverse some of these symptoms of age and bring a refreshed look to the upper face.
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, preserving the qualities that make you beautiful while refreshing your natural features.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped women and men from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and beyond achieve their ideal appearance with upper and lower eyelid surgery. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about eyelid lifts, including pricing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Men and women combatting early to advanced signs of aging around the eyes may be good candidates for eyelid surgery. Some of the most common reasons to consider an eyelid lift include:
- 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
Eyelid lift incisions are typically very small and hidden within natural eye creases or the lash lines. For an upper eyelid lift, Dr. Harrington makes tiny incisions inside the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Through these incisions, she tightens the upper eyelid skin, removing any extra. For a lower eyelid lift, Dr. Harrington makes incisions inside the lower eyelash line to allow for optimal healing. She uses these incisions to remove and tighten loose skin, as well as reallocate fatty tissue just below the eyes to minimize under-eye bags.
Your Eyelid Lift Procedure
Eyelid surgery is a same-day procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia. In some cases, Dr. Harrington may use sedation or general anesthesia, such as for patients who are combining their eyelid lift with additional treatments. The surgery itself usually takes from 1 to 2 hours and takes place at our accredited surgery center.
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 for a more comprehensive upper face treatment. 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
Most people who have eyelid surgery take 5 to7 days off of work and other normal activities. Post-surgical swelling and bruising is to be expected, but should steadily decrease after the first few days. Dr. Harrington may ask you to use ice compresses or a topical treatment during the initial stage of your recovery to speed up the healing process. You should also protect the skin around your eyes from direct sun exposure for at least 6 months following your surgery.
While you should notice a brighter, more refreshed look to your eyes after only 1 or 2 weeks, your final results can take up to 3 months to fully develop. Keep in mind that the best and longest-lasting eyelid lift results are seen in patients who continue to practice diligent sun protection and keep the skin around their eyes moisturized.
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.
An upper or lower eyelid lift can refresh your appearance and bring a more alert, youthful look to the eyes. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your eyelid surgery consultation and learn more about how to enhance your natural appearance.