Get Those Lids Lifted

Every year, hundreds of thousands of men and women choose to undergo an eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, to improve their droopy eyelids. Droopy eyelids can make you look older and can also impair vision. Also called ptosis, eyelid drooping may occur due to trauma, age, or various medical disorders. This condition can affect one or both eyes; it may come and go, or it might be permanent. It can be present at birth, or you can develop it later in life.

In some cases, the upper eyelids droop so much that they begin to cover the pupil, obstructing vision. If you suffer from severe droopy eyelids that affect your vision, you may find yourself tilting your head back, or raising your eyebrows frequently to be able to see. It’s also common to feel tiredness and aching around the eyes, especially later in the day. In most cases, the condition will resolve, either naturally or through medical intervention.

At Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Daniel Schneider and his staff focus on providing comprehensive facial plastic & reconstructive surgery services with the highest quality care & technique.

What Causes Droopy Eyelids?

The most frequent cause of droopy eyelids is aging, but there are other causes as well such as:

  • Ptosis – the medical term given to the condition of droopy eyelids. It is associated with age-related sagging of the muscles that hold the eyelids up.
  • Aging and Sun Exposure – Exposure to the sun and the natural effects of aging can cause the skin around your eyes to sag more. As the skin becomes less elastic with age, and the face becomes less plump and firm, the result is often loose or excess skin around the eyes.
  • Nerve Problems – Damage to the nerves that control the muscles around the eyes can also cause droopy eyes.
  • Disease or Injury – Occasionally, certain diseases or an injury to the eye or eyelid can cause the eyelids to droop and sag.

What is an Eyelid Lift?

An eyelid lift reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids. This surgery is usually done for cosmetic reasons. It’s also an effective way to improve sight in older people whose sagging upper eyelids get in the way of their vision. An eyelid lift will not eliminate dark circles under the eyes, crow’s feet, or other facial wrinkles. It is often done along with other procedures such as laser resurfacing, filler injections, or forehead lifts.

When to Consider Eyelid Lift?

  • If you have excess, hanging skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelids.
  • If you have loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids over the eyelashes.
  • If your upper and lower eyelids appear puffy, making your eyes look tired and aged.
  • If you have deep grooves under your eyes.

What are the Benefits of an Eyelid Lift?

  • You will eliminate the puffiness and bags under your lower lids and the hooded skin on your upper lids, making you appear younger, healthier and happier.
  • You may no longer have vision problems related to overhanging eyelids.
  • Any scars from the eye lift will be hidden in your natural eyelid creases, making them almost indiscernible.

Good Candidates for Eyelid Lift

If you have any of the following side effects of drooping eyelids, you may be a good candidate for an eyelid lift:

  • You have excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids.
  • You have loose upper eyelid skin that impairs your vision.
  • You have a puffy appearance to the upper eyelids, making your eyes look tired and sad.
  • You have excess skin and fine, ‘crepe paper’ type lower eyelid wrinkles.
  • You have bags and dark circles under the eyes.
  • Your upper eye surface is too small or not smooth enough to apply makeup.

What Happens During an Eyelid Lift?

During surgery, incisions are made in the natural folds of the eyelid, in the crease of the upper eyelid and just beneath the lashes or behind the lower eyelid. This way, incisions are virtually unnoticeable after they have healed. The surgeon will make precise markings designating where excess skin and fat pads need to be removed. These tissues are removed with surgical instruments. Sutures or tissue adhesives are then carefully applied to smooth and reconfigure areas around the eyebrows and eyelids. In cases where the eyebrows also are droopy, a procedure to elevate the eyebrows may be appropriate. This procedure called a brow lift, involves making incisions into the scalp and tightening the skin to raise the eyebrows.

What Is Recovery Like After an Eyelid Lift?

After eyelid surgery, you will have stitches in both lids that will remain for as long as a week. Lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases, your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze. It is common to have swelling and, occasionally, bruising, but your eyelids should look normal within a week or two.

Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Daniel Schneider is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who focuses on facial rejuvenation through a variety of techniques. He is board certified in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery with sub-certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery through the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS.)

Schedule Your Consultation!

Don’t delay! Call our office at (651) 493-8501 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Schneider today!

Latisse for Lovely Lashes

So many people, all over the world, are looking to increase the dramatic effects of their lashes. There are mascaras that promise to boost, lengthen, thicken and enhance the look of your lashes. Depending on your particular eyelash effect and type of growth, these over the counter quick fix options are nothing but money traps. At Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery, we provide a prescribed solution that helps you get to the core of your eyelash growth issue. Your eyelashes may need a medication that helps invigorate the hair follicles to begin growing thicker, longer lashes.

Eyelash Conditions

Madarosis or eyelash loss is a condition that occurs randomly in individuals and can be difficult to deal with. People that experience this condition can have little to high amounts of eyelash loss that could cost them the loss of all their lashes completely. This particular condition can affect anyone and is frustrating but can be treated with Latisse.

Factors Contributing to Madarosis:

  • Menopause
  • Eye infections caused by bacteria
  • Rosacea
  • Dermatitis
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Specific medications

Hypotrichosis is an eyelash growth condition that results in the patchy growth of hair that is never consistent. This condition is difficult because although some eyelash growth happens, it’s not necessarily the growth you want. Men are more prone to this condition during their late twenties. Latisse treats patchy growth by helping your hair follicles to begin growth in all those in between spaces.

Hypotrichosis Causes:

  • Skin infections
  • Genetics
  • Inflamed hair follicles
  • Fungal infections
  • Demodex (skin worms)

Our solution

Latisse is the best medically prescribed eyelash growth solution on the market. We love this product because it allows our patients to fully engage their lash growth and can be used even if you wear contact lenses and it’s absolutely safe. The lashes can be medicated at the core of the hair follicle, and we often recommend that a medical grade facial is scheduled to cleanse the skin of any bacterial infection.

The Latisse treatment can be done at home every night before bed, unlike many other painful procedures that require constant visits to a clinic. The active ingredient Bimatoprost will treat the lashes over time and cause of the lashes with thickened hair follicles and darkening of lighter hair.

The eyelashes are like the pearly gates leading to your eyes. When bold, long lashes are in place, your eyes are livened and the overall look of your face is brightened. Get sexy, long eyelashes using this medical grade growth solution will help get your lashes back. Don’t worry about abnormal lash growth anymore. Contact us at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule your appointment to get started today.

Facial Fillers Can Fix Fine Lines

Facial fillers are an amazing alternative for those that are worried about taking the steps to getting a facelift. Not every individual with wrinkles needs a facelift since that depends on age and degree of which your wrinkles are set in and levels of facial laxity. Some small nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures can have the same effect.

Alternative to the Face Lift

At Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery we offer facial or fillers as one of the best nonsurgical procedures to minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Facial fillers are the latest facial injection that rivals Botox. Botox is injected directly into the muscle underneath the skin to remove the appearance of wrinkles at the core of their origin. Facial fillers are much less invasive than Botox as they are not directly injected into the muscle, but are injected into the space between the skin and muscle and are formulated from natural constituents of our own bodies, namely, hyaluronic acid.

Wrinkles and sagging often occur as a side effect of aging as collagen breakdown happens in the skin. Facial fillers help to add volume back into the skin, offering as natural a feel to the injection gel as possible.

The reason these facial fillers gels are preferred for minimal wrinkles is because the gel is easily manipulated, and can allow the physician much more control over the overall outcome. The best results can be obtained without surgery with these facial fillers.

Types of Facial Fillers

With facial fillers there are a few different types of gels that can have short-lived results, allowing the client to fully experience the feel of the treatment. Many plastic surgeons recommend trying as the first set of facial fillers since it only lasts about a few months as opposed to Radiesse that can last up to two years.

Areas of Treatment

Facial fillers treat a few of the top areas of volume loss including lips, cheeks, chin and brow areas. For cheeks, physicians prefer the use of Perlane or Voluma because they were created for a deeper injection into the skin, which is what the cheek area often requires. For the cheeks, depending on the outcome is recommended first and if the patient likes the look, Perlane or Volume may be the next step.

Depending on your specific needs, your physician will recommend a different gel option. There are several gels that are better for different types of skin areas to be treated. You should explore all options with your plastic surgeon.

The New Food Pyramid: Plant Based Benefits

We’ve all seen the food pyramid that is at its base, meats such as beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish and the like. This base is considered the original base of the food pyramid and the way nature had intended for us to eat. The next two sections that are side by side are vegetables and fruits, topped off with berries and nuts. The problem with this setup of the food pyramid is that we have the heaviest section of fat, protein and cholesterol at the bottom.

The New Food Pyramid

This section should be consumed in moderation, along with everything in our diet. There is now a new setup that completely changes the base and other formation of the food pyramid sections. This new change in the way the food pyramid is set up should give us a better idea of why we have experienced high rates of obesity and type II diabetes.

Vegetables and legumes take up more than three-quarters of it and one-quarter of the base are fruits. The following section up is completely stock full of grains such as rice, oats, quinoa, and bread. At the apex of the new food pyramid, the arrangement is one-half milk and cheeses, and the other half is, surprisingly, the previous base of lean meats and fish.

Benefits of the New Arrangement

Because we have such high levels of obesity and type II diabetes, the new arrangement of the food pyramid removes some of the main culprits at the core of the problem. This new arrangement helps us lower our overall risk of heart disease. Heart issues arise from high levels of sodium, cholesterol and saturated fats. When we turn to replace much of these foods with fruits and vegetables, we lower our consumption of calories and carbohydrates. We need carbohydrates; don’t remove them completely from your diet but practice moderation and balance.

Another benefit of consuming more plant-based foods is that we consume more vitamins and for those of us who don’t readily take vitamins then here is a perfect solution. To get the most out of our vegetables, it’s best not to cook them down too much since that takes all the vitamins right out. Upping our vitamin intake can help to boost our energy levels as well.

It may be that the new food pyramid setup is the answer to returning to healthier eating and living. But there are other factors that could be the issue since most people cooked at home, where they now eat out a few nights a week. Your activity level could change the way you consume each food group also depending on how intense the level of fitness. Try rearranging your own food pyramid at home and see how much better you feel once you replace some of the heavier foods with lighter and more components.