Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical treatment that lifts the skin surrounding the eyes to create a more youthful look. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mesna uses this minimally invasive outpatient treatment to create a natural, more rested look for his patients.
If your eyelids have begun to droop or sag, blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a potentially ideal solution. At our Edina, Minneapolis, practice, we can help you regain your confidence by correcting unwanted sagging and drooping of the eyelids.
How Aging Affects Your Eyelids
The eyelids are highly susceptible to the effects of aging and, unlike other parts of the body, the appearance of your eyelids cannot be maintained through diet or exercise. Unfortunately, for many women and men this means that despite their best efforts, the visible signs of aging are still conspicuous, which can in turn affect their confidence and self-esteem.
I am thrilled with the results from my upper and lower eyelid surgery. I felt well taken care before, during and after the procedure. Every step of the process was truly professional. Dr. Mesna and his team are wonderful group and made me feel safe and appreciated on every visit. If you are considering any type of procedure you should have it done by Dr. Mesna.
Upper Eyelid Surgery – If the upper eyelids are sagging, they can not only 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.
Upper eyelid surgery corrects this by eliminating excess skin, fat, and muscle tissue, and repositioning and tightening the remaining tissue so that the eyelids appear younger and healthier. To complete this process, a small incision is made along the upper eyelid (the area will first be anesthetized for your comfort).
Once this incision has been made, Dr. Mesna can remove offending 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 the patient can leave the office the same day as treatment.
Lower Eyelid Surgery – Unsightly bags and excessive sagging of the lower eyelid can be addressed through blepharoplasty as well. To complete lower eyelid 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, as with upper eyelid surgery, 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, then 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 scarring, as the fat can be removed through very small incisions.
Both men and women are candidates for blepharoplasty. The eyelid surgery patients we see at our Edina, Minneapolis practice are typically men and women in their 40s and up. By this point in time, 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 and sagging eyelids.
That being said, it’s never too late to address unsightly bags and sagging skin. If your 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.
Eyelid surgery is a simple, safe, effective, and quick outpatient procedure, and anyone who suffers from sagging eyelids, droopy skin around the eyes, or under-eye bags is an ideal candidate.
The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery Yourself
There are many things that a person can do to ward off the effects of aging and maintain a healthy, vibrant, youthful appearance. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done to prevent the eyelids from becoming lax and sagging over time. In such cases, blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is the only option.
At our Edina, Minneapolis, practice, we take pride in helping our patients regain a sense of self and confidence because we know how disheartening it can be for individuals to look in the mirror every morning and see unsightly bags and excess skin.