Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery Minneapolis
As we age there are characteristic changes that happen around the eyes. The lower eyelid grows taller, the lid skin becomes looser, and the lid often becomes full and puffy. The eyebrow tends to fall toward the upper eyelid and the skin of the upper lid can become loose and redundant. These changes can create tired appearing eyes. Surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids to tighten the skin and remove areas of puffiness.
Who is eyelid surgery for?
Patients who feel that they always look tired, or in whom excess skin and wrinkles around their eyes make them appear older than their actual age may be good candidates for this procedure. For some patients with early signs of aging botox and injectable fillers may offer a non-surgical option for rejuvenation. In patients with more advanced changes surgery is often the best way to achieve the best outcome. Dr. Rolfes will discuss your goals with you, show you the various treatment options, and help you decide which is right for you.
What is the difference between transconjunctival and transcutaneous blepharoplasty?
These terms refer to the placement of the incisions used for the procedure. In transconjunctival blepharoplasty the incisions are made inside the eyelid, so there is no visible scar on the skin. This approach is best for patients whose only complaint is puffy lower eyelids. It allows for removal of excess fat but not for removal of excess skin. Transcutaneous blepharoplasty involves a small incision just under the eyelashes that allows excess skin to be removed to tighten the eyelid.