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The eyelids are highly susceptible to the effects of aging, and they begin to conspicuously droop and sag with time.

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is an effective treatment that tightens the skin around the eyes for a more youthful appearance.

At Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center in Minneapolis and Edina, MN, we can help you regain your confidence with blepharoplasty.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that focuses on tightening the skin around the eyes. With blepharoplasty, our plastic surgeon can remove excess skin, fat, and puffiness from the upper and lower eyelids to create a more awake and youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty can also address severe cases of drooping eyelids that obstruct peripheral vision, restoring your field of vision and improving the appearance of your eyes. 

Types of Eyelid Surgery


There are two types of eyelid surgery: upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery. Both surgery techniques are offered at our Minneapolis and Edina, MN, practices.

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Upper Eyelid Surgery

If the upper eyelids are sagging, they can impact your appearance and self-confidence. In severe cases, they can actually impair vision. As we age, the muscles weaken and the skin begins to lose its elasticity, which results in sagging of the eyelids that can actually obstruct vision.

Upper eyelid surgery corrects this by eliminating excess skin, fat, and muscle tissue. Dr. Mesna can then reposition and tighten the remaining tissue so that it appears younger and healthier.

To perform this surgery, a small incision is made along the upper eyelid (after anesthetizing the area for your comfort). Once the incision has been made, Dr. Mesna can remove extra tissue, reposition the muscle, and pull the skin taut, at which point he will close the incision with fine stitches. There is little to no visible scarring, and patients can leave the office the same day as treatment.

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Lower Eyelid Surgery

Unsightly bags and excessive sagging of the lower eyelid can be addressed with lower eyelid surgery. To perform this surgery, an incision will be made along the natural crease of the lower eyelid or inside of the lower eyelid. This incision provides access to the underlying fat and muscle tissue. Excess tissue will be removed, and the muscle tissue will be repositioned. Once this step is complete, the skin will be pulled taut and the incision will be closed. Fine stitches are used, and there is little to no visible scarring after healing is complete. Typically, the procedure takes no more than two hours and you can leave our office the same day as treatment.

If there is excess fat tissue but the skin is not sagging excessively, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty procedure may be well-suited to the patient's needs. During this treatment, excess fat tissue is removed, but no skin is excised. This technique leaves zero visible scaring because the fat can be removed through very small incisions.

Say Goodbye to Under-Eye Bags Contact Mesna Plastic Surgery in Minneapolis

Many things can be done to ward off the effects of aging and help you maintain a healthy, vibrant, youthful appearance. Unfortunately, there's no way to prevent the skin around the eyelids from becoming lax, developing wrinkles, and sagging over time. In these cases, blepharoplasty is the only option. Mesna Plastic Surgery helps patients regain a sense of self-confidence because we know how disheartening it can be to look in the mirror and see unsightly bags and excess skin under the eyes.

Why suffer when you can make a difference through quick, safe, and effective surgery? Contact Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center online today to ask a question or request a consultation to receive a treatment estimate from our plastic surgeon. You can also reach our Minneapolis, MN, office by calling:

(952) 927-4556

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Brendle Corpman


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I highly recommend Dr. Mesna! He and his staff are so caring and kind. He really listened to what I was concerned about and trying to accomplish with my body and gave me the results that I was hoping for! After my pregnancies and breast-feeding my 3 beautiful children- I wasn't feeling so confident about certain areas of body. Dr. Mesna was able to give me my confidence back! He really is talented and provides results.

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Sarah Ghizoni


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I recently had a tummy tuck with Dr. Mesna in late December of 2020. I had been self-conscious about the hanging skin on my abdomen for years which was compounded by separation of my abdominal muscles from 2 pregnancies. Dr. Mesna exceeded my expectations! Dr. Mesna is meticulous and a perfectionist, my scar is so thin and perfect and I know it will fade to nothing over time. My only regret is not doing this sooner!

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Look Younger, See Better With a Blepharoplasty

A blepharoplasty can provide many benefits. With this surgical procedure, Dr. Mesna can:

  • Improve peripheral vision
  • Reduce wrinkles around eyelids
  • Remove fat deposits that make eyes appear puffy
  • Eliminate bags under the eyes
  • Tighten loose skin 
  • Create a more youthful appearance

Blepharoplasty Is Popular Among Both Men and Women

In 2020, blepharoplasty was the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure for both genders. 279,306 women and 45,806 men received eyelid surgery. American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical treatment that lifts the skin surrounding the eyes to create a more youthful look. Dr. Mesna uses this minimally invasive outpatient treatment to create a natural, more rested look for patients at our Minneapolis, MN, practice.

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Molly Estle


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I had a consultation with Dr. Mesna today. He made me feel so comfortable! He did an excellent job explaining each procedure and answering all of my questions. I am definitely moving forward and scheduling my Mommy Makeover. Cannot wait!

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Angela Reichert


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Dr. Mesna is a skilled and safe doctor whom I have recommended to friends/family. Surrounded by the best clinical staff who all have lots of experience with routine elective procedures, I really trust him and the practice. Thrilled with the results!! Thanks Dr. Mesna!

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Candidates for Blepharoplasty

Both men and women are candidates for blepharoplasty. The eyelid surgery patients we see are typically Minnesota men and women in their 40s and up. By this point in an individual's life, the aging process has taken its toll on the skin, fat, and muscle tissue of the eyelids, and men and women begin to develop conspicuous and heavy under-eye bags, wrinkles, and sagging eyelids. If your upper eyelids have begun to sag to the point that they impair your vision, our team can provide a safe and effective solution and help you regain your sight and your confidence.

Blepharoplasty vs. Brow Lift

A brow lift, or forehead lift, is intended to lift drooping eyebrows and smooth lines between the brows and along the forehead. If these cosmetic issues affect you, a brow lift may be a better solution than eyelid surgery. Alternatively, a brow lift can be performed in combination with eyelid surgery. We can determine which approach is right for you during a consultation at our Minneapolis, MN, practice.

What Causes Eyelids to Sag or Puff Up?

As we get older, our eyelids stretch and cause our eyelid muscles to lose strength. This can cause droopy upper eyelids and lower eyelids. Sagging skin can cause eye irritation and interfere with your upper, lower, and side vision. Cosmetically, sagging or puffy eyes can make you look exhausted or older than your actual age. 

This surgical procedure can restore your vision and make you appear more youthful by eliminating excess skin and puffy areas around the eyes. 

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Dr. Mesna and the team at Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center are committed to helping you both look and feel your best. 

Excess skin hanging over your eyes can make you appear tired or angry. Puffy eyes can make you appear older, potentially lowering your self-esteem. Eyelid surgery can make your face more expressive by reducing hard lines and sagging skin that may skew your appearance. Depending on your genetics and the condition of your eyelids, a blepharoplasty can last for many years. 

Contact our board-certified plastic surgeon today to see how he can help you achieve a rejuvenated look. Request a free consultation or call our Minneapolis, MN, practice at:

(952) 927-4556


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"Love Dr Mesna ! He does AMAZING work, and he is so honest, all his patients are proof of his excellence ! I have had botox and three procedures done, breast enhancement, breast lift, tummy tuck and lipo in hip area. No regrets on any of it and anytime the subject of body image comes up, I will always send them to Mesna. Cant say enough positive things about him." Alicia

Step-by-Step Process of Blepharoplasty

A board-certified doctor like Dr. Mesna prioritizes safety and comfort throughout your cosmetic procedure. 
A board-certified doctor like Dr. Mesna prioritizes safety and comfort throughout your cosmetic procedure. 

Discussing Your Needs

Before the day of your procedure, you'll join Dr. Mesna at our Minneapolis or Edina, MN, practices to discuss your cosmetic desires and see if blepharoplasty is right for you. Our team will help you make the right decision for your needs, discuss the cost of your chosen procedure, and inform you of pre-surgical instructions.

Numbing With Anesthesia

Depending on varying factors, you may be put under with general anesthesia for your procedure, or Dr. Mesna will numb the surgical area with local anesthesia and offer sedation to ease any anxieties. We work with you to find what method of sedation and anesthesia you will feel most comfortable with. 

Creating the Incision

Small incisions are created in discreet locations of the upper, lower, or both eyelids. Minimal scarring is present following a blepharoplasty procedure when performed by a certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Mesna.

Performing the Surgery

Dr. Mesna gently removes excess skin and fat from the eyelids and closes the incisions with discreet sutures. The entire procedure typically takes about one to two hours to perform.

Starting Recovery

Dr. Mesna will instruct you on aftercare steps you should take to promote proper healing and reduce scarring. 

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

During your consultation at our Minneapolis office and after your procedure, Dr. Mesna will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions and information to facilitate a quick recovery.

Side Effects

Side effects include discomfort, bruising, swelling, itching, and tightness. These are greatly improved two weeks after surgery, but side effects will continue to subside in the coming weeks. 


You can start wearing makeup again to hide any residual bruising and enhance your appearance about two weeks after surgery.

Return to Work

You should be able to return to work within just 10 days of the procedure.


You should avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks after surgery, but you should begin light to moderate exercise upon your plastic surgeon's approval.

Procedures That Pair Well With Blepharoplasty

A brow lift isn't the only procedure that pairs well with eyelid surgery. Depending on your unique needs and goals, the following surgical procedures can help create a more comprehensive transformation. 


A facelift can address sagging skin, excess fat tissue, and deep lines under the eyes and along the face. By pairing a facelift with an eyelid procedure, patients can achieve comprehensive changes to the face. Our plastic surgeon can target the lower face or mid-face with this cosmetic procedure, or perform a mini facelift if the patient doesn't need a full facelift.

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Neck Lift

The neck is often one of the first features to show signs of aging. Undergoing a neck lift can tighten loose, sagging skin on the neck and around the jaw line. This procedure can also remove excess fat under the jaw line.

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Your nose plays a big role in the appearance of your face. Altering the size and shape of your nose along with refining your eyelids can produce dramatic results. 

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BOTOX Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes your face muscles, reduces wrinkles, and prevents new wrinkles from forming around the injection site. BOTOX pairs well with blepharoplasty as eyelid surgery is not intended to eliminate wrinkles from the corners surrounding the eyes. 

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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