Qualifications and Candidacy for Blepharoplasty By Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center on July 24, 2023

close up of a woman’s eyeIf you are unhappy with the appearance of your upper or lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can be performed to rejuvenate your appearance. At Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center in Minneapolis, MN, Dr. Gregory T. Mesna is a board-certified plastic surgeon who opened his private practice in 1996. His experience and skill enable him to achieve stunning results for patients after they undergo eyelid surgery.

Are you wondering if blepharoplasty is right for you? Read on to learn more about the qualifications and candidacy for blepharoplasty.

Aesthetic Concerns

Drooping upper eyelids, impaired vision due to sagging upper eyelids, puffy bags under the eyes, deep under eye circles, and under eye wrinkles are conditions that can be treated with blepharoplasty. Upper eyelid surgery is aimed at tightening the overhanging skin on the upper eyelids that contribute to an aging appearance and obstructed vision. Lower eyelid surgery can smooth out the skin under the eyes to reduce a tired-looking appearance.

General Qualifications

Most men and women become interested in eyelid surgery due to the cosmetic concerns they have about the skin surrounding the eyes. But there are also some general qualifications that Dr. Mesna will discuss during your consultation at our Minneapolis practice to make sure you are a good candidate for treatment.

Realistic Expectations

We want patients to achieve an outcome that they are happy with. If blepharoplasty won’t achieve your specific goals, we may recommend a different procedure or no treatment at all.


Smoking can interfere with anesthesia and the healing process. If patients do smoke, we want them to quit for at least four weeks before surgery, and two months after surgery.

Good General Health

In order to safely undergo surgery and achieve great results, patients should be in good general health. Any medical conditions should be under control and under the supervision of your primary care physician. We will also want to check the medications you are taking to make sure they won’t affect anesthesia or interfere with the healing process.

Medical Concerns That May Affect Candidacy

There are certain medical conditions that may preclude you from being a good candidate for treatment. Vision conditions such as dry eyes, glaucoma, pre-existing eye or vision problems, or significant eye or eyelid infections could make you a poor candidate for eyelid surgery. 

In addition, uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, and thyroid disorders could be cause for concern. Finally, a refusal to quit smoking makes patients poor candidates for treatment. 

Dr. Mesna will review your cosmetic goals and ask questions about your general health to determine if this effective treatment is right for you. Alternatives to eyelid surgery include BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. Dr. Mesna will discuss these options with you during your consultation.

Contact Our Practice

At Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center in Minneapolis, we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible results in the safest manner. To find out if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery, contact our practice today by sending us a message online

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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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