Upper and lower eyelid surgery is often one of the first cosmetic surgery procedures considered on the face as we age. Eyelid surgery is a safe and effective way to freshen your appearance by removing sagging, loose skin of the upper and lower eyelids, and help to remove the fat pads that lend to a tired or puffy look of the under eye area. See our before and after gallery for pictures of eyelid lift surgery patients.
Eyelid Surgery Consultation
During the initial consultation Dr. Ness will evaluate your medical history and determine if you are a good candidate for an eyelid surgery. Dr. Ness and his assistant will take the time to educate you about eyelid surgery and welcome all of your questions about the surgery, our practice, and recovery after your eyelid surgery.
For sagging brows, a forehead lift (brow lift) can be combined with lower or upper eyelid surgery to attain optimal results. For more information on forehead lift surgery, click here.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is a same day procedure performed in an outpatient facility under general anesthesia, or sometimes, sedation. Incisions will be carefully hidden in the natural structures of the eyelid area, along the crease of the upper eyelid and just below the lash line of the lower eyelid. Some of the more outdated techniques resulted in “overcorrection” and left eyes with less skin – but more hollowed and sunken. Dr. Ness prefers to use a soft tissue preservation technique that removes the excess skin and bags – but preserves the soft tissues that often give the eyelid a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Your eyelid surgery will be scheduled at a fully accredited outpatient surgery facility such as WestHealth in Plymouth, MN, Maple Grove Hospital in Maple Grove, Minnesota, or CentraCare Surgery Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Following your eyelid surgery, you will be cared for by the nursing staff in the recovery room. When you are fully awake and comfortable, you will be released to the care of a family member or friend with a list of after-care instructions.
Many eyelid surgery patients return to work and social activities after 3-5 days of recovery time at home. Every patient experiences some degree of swelling or bruising after surgery. We are constantly improving out technique to minimize downtime. Some patients may be able to use makeup or concealers to hide the residual bruising. There will be guidelines for after-care including lifting restrictions and limited exercise. We will schedule eyelid surgery follow up appointments in one of our Minneapolis metro area or St. Cloud, MN clinics periodically.