Eyelid Surgery In Minneapolis St. Paul, MN


Our eyes are probably the most noticeable feature on our faces. When your eyelids are droopy, wrinkled, or have loose sagging skin, they have a strong affect on your appearance. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, performed by a skilled plastic surgeon can restore a more youthful, alert appearance for eyelids and can help correct many eyelid problems. Because of the marked results, eyelid surgery is a frequently requested aesthetic procedure.

Eyelid surgery can be used to treat several conditions that affect the appearance of the eyelids, including:

  • Fatty deposits in the upper eyelids that cause them to look puffy.
  • Loose skin and sagginess of the upper eyelid that can sometimes interfere with vision.
  • Excess skin and wrinkles on the lower eyelid.
  • Bags under the eyes.
  • Lower eyelids that droop.

Is Eyelid Blepharoplasty Surgery Right for You?

If you are concerned about the appearance of your eyelids and think eyelid surgery might be an answer, a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon can help you make the best decision. Dr. McCue will ask you during the consultation to describe what your goals are for eyelid surgery. He’ll ask about your current health and medical history, and will also ask if you have a history of glaucoma, dry eye, or retina problems, as well as thyroid disorders or other conditions that could affect this surgery. He’ll then examine your eyelids closely and suggest a course of treatment and explain what results you can expect to have and any risks of this procedure. He’ll also explain how the surgery will be done and answer any questions you may have.


Types of Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty in PlymouthThe term “eyelid surgery” can describe two types of cosmetic procedures: upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty.

Upper blepharoplasty focuses on “hooding”, or droopy upper eyelids. To ensure that your eyes can open more fully, Dr. McCue tightens the muscles for increased strength and performance, while also removing loose skin and fat from above the eye that are responsible for weighing down the upper eyelid.

Lower blepharoplasty addresses the hollows or “bags” beneath the eyes that make your face look older and more tired. By removing or repositioning fat and tissue, Dr. McCue can give you a smoother undereye area that refreshes your appearance.

These surgeries can be combined or performed separately depending on your unique cosmetic needs.

Eyelid Blepharoplasty Procedures

Eyelid surgery is done on very delicate tissues, and with great precision and care. Your surgery will be scheduled and a Twin Cities surgical facility chosen, once you make a decision to go ahead. Typically, eyelid surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and you’ll return home on the day of the surgery.

Your surgeon will discuss anesthesia with you and let you know about any preparations you need to make before surgery. Incisions will be carefully made so they will be concealed in natural creases and folds. Fatty tissue may be removed or relocated, and excess skin will be removed, as well, to tighten skin and remove fine wrinkles. Fine sutures will be used to close the incisions.

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

After your surgery, dressings may be applied, along with cold compresses and ointments. You may be given or prescribed medications to prevent infection, relieve discomfort, and promote healing. You may experience some blurry vision following the surgery, but that will go away before long. Discomfort is usually mild following eyelid surgery. You’ll also receive detailed instructions for self-care during the healing process and instructions for sun-protection during healing. Follow-up visits will also be scheduled. You’ll see the improvements as healing continues over the following weeks, and incision lines will fade over time. The results from eyelid surgery are usually permanent, but normal aging will still occur.

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Can eyelid surgery fix my asymmetrical eyelids?

Eyelid surgery in PlymouthYou are not alone if your eyelids do not match on both sides. It is common for one lid to hang a bit lower or for one undereye area to be hollower than the other. The more dramatic the difference, the more likely you are to want to make adjustments. Fortunately, eyelid surgery is an effective way to bring about more symmetry and harmony to your face. In most cases, Dr. McCue performs surgery on both eyelids so that they appear equally rejuvenated, but it may be possible to correct one eyelid to match the other.

How does eyelid surgery affect my vision?

Eyelid surgery is usually meant to rejuvenate your appearance, and therefore should not have a significant impact on your vision. However, if you have eyelids that droop particularly low, lifting the eyelids can help to expand your field of vision. This has no impact on your vision prescription, so you will still need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses as you have previously.

Do men seek eyelid surgery?

Yes, blepharoplasty is very popular among male patients. Results achieved with eyelid surgery tend to be more subtle, which is good for men who do not want it to be obvious that they have had work done. Refreshing the eyelids can make a man appear more vibrant while taking years off his perceived age. This can have a positive impact on a man’s dating prospects and professional opportunities.

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

The price of your eyelid surgery will depend mainly on whether you have upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both. During your consultation, Dr. McCue can devise a customized surgical plan that includes a quote. Since blepharoplasty is usually an elective procedure, it is rarely covered by insurance, except in cases where eyelid ptosis significantly affects the field of vision. Most patients do qualify for financing.

How long can I enjoy my blepharoplasty results?

Lower eyelid surgery achieves results that last indefinitely. Although upper eyelid surgery can reverse signs of aging, it cannot stop the aging process altogether. After a decade or so, eyelid sagging may start again. If you remain a good candidate for elective surgery, you have the option of repeating the surgery to re-elevate your eyelids once again.

If You’re Considering Eyelid Surgery

If eyelid surgery is something you are considering, the first step in making a decision is a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon who performs this type of surgery. Dr. McCue takes a special interest in eyelid surgery, and will be happy to consult with you. He’ll give you all the information you need to make a fully informed decision and answer all of your questions. Contact Dr. McCue at any time to schedule a consultation at his Minneapolis St. Paul office.

A Crucial Step
Your Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. McCue, you will be able to tell him what cosmetic procedure you are interested in, why you are considering plastic surgery, and what results you hope to achieve. He will carefully assess your needs, and help you understand all aspects of your procedure, including a clear explanation of what results you can expect, along with the risks involved with any surgical procedure.

He will also explain all of your options and help you understand what to expect prior to, during, and following the surgery. He will also give you a good idea of the costs of the procedure, if is not covered by insurance. Dr. McCue’s friendly and open personality makes these consultations pleasant and informative for his patients. Contact Dr. McCue soon to schedule your initial consultation.

2805 Campus Dr, Suite 335,
Plymouth, MN 55441

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