In lower eyelid surgery, the incision can be made internally (transconjunctival) or externally through the skin. The decision regarding which approach is best for you will be determined by the amount of skin that is present in the lower eyelid. The internal approach leaves no external incision line while the external incision is placed just below the eyelid margin to disguise its appearance. Recovery times are similar to upper eyelid surgery.
In upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made externally in the upper eyelid crease to remove excess eyelid skin and fat. The original incision is then closed with fine, dissolvable sutures. Because the incisions are made in the eyelids’ natural contours, they are barely visible and fade with time. There is a mild amount of bruising and swelling following surgery, but this is usually gone within seven days. Patients can typically resume work within three days after the procedure.
A forehead lift is an option if you have a sagging brow or deep furrows between the eyes. This procedure is frequently performed in association with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty to elevate the eyebrows and reduce the amount of skin that needs to be removed from the upper eyelids. Several small incisions are made behind the hairline and an endoscope (small camera) is used for visualization to remove the muscles that produce the frown lines and reposition the eyebrows at a higher level.
With aging, the skin loses elasticity. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a building block of the skin that holds water and provides the skin with fullness and tone. HA is used rather than collagen for a longer-lasting result and less potential for an allergic reaction.
Active wrinkles or creases develop from making the same facial expression thousands of times. These lines are called lines of”facial expression” and are typically located at the outer eyelid area (crow’s feet) and in the forehead (frown lines).
BOTOX® works by temporarily paralyzing the muscle groups that cause these lines to develop. It is best used to prevent the formation of expression lines before they become present at rest. To minimize treatment discomfort, BOTOX® injections are performed with the smallest needle possible. Benefits begin about four days after treatment and last an average of four months.
LATISSE® solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes and LATISSE® is the first and only FDA-approved prescription treatment.
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Minnesota Eye Consultants is proud to offer patients convenient access to eye care across the Twin Cities. We have 4 locations, each with an onsite ambulatory surgery center (ASC).