3 Reasons to Get a Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery) can help resolve a number of cosmetic facial issues, but many patients are not even aware of it as an option. In this article, we are going to offer three reasons why a blepharoplasty may be a good option for you.

You’ve Perpetually Got Bags Under Your Eyes

Having puffy lower eyelids (or “bags” under your eyes) can make you look constantly tired – even when you’re fully rested. These are often caused by cosmetic factors that can’t be resolved simply by getting more sleep. Blepharoplasty can clear up these puffy lower eyelids and remove the bags under your eyes so you look as well-rested as you feel!

Your Upper Eyelids are Interfering with Your Vision

Droopy upper eyelids can severely impact your line of vision. This can be annoying at best and downright dangerous at worst. Everyday activities like driving can become extremely dangerous when your vision is impaired by your eyelids. Undergoing a blepharoplasty eyelid life procedure can restore your drooping eyelids back to normal and improve your vision as a result!

Your Eyelids Start “Disappearing”

Disappearing upper eyelids can make it extremely difficult to apply makeup. Blepharoplasty is a great treatment option to restore your eyelids to their natural state.

Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we offer holistic cosmetic treatments to patients with a variety of issues. From non-invasive options like facial fillers and Botox, to a variety of facial plastic surgical procedures, to medically supervised weight loss solutions – we have a treatment option to fit your cosmetic needs. Reach out to us today to learn more about our cosmetic treatments and set up your appointment with our team. You can find us at our primary clinic in St. Paul. We also offer treatment to patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

Jessica’s Journey with Clean Start Weight Loss, Part 2

Note: this is part 2 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant. Read Part 1 here.

Hi! I am 2 weeks into my Mrs. Minnesota America prep and am loving the journey so far! This process is pushing me out of my comfort zone and inspiring me to try new things!

First 2 Weeks with Clean Start Weight Loss

My Clean Start carb cycling diet is off to a great start!  I stick rigidly to the diet plan and my body adjusts to fewer carbs and reduced calories. The first week is the most challenging as my body adapts. No carb days are definitely the hardest. While I do not go off the diet, there are moments I feel like giving into my cravings. So, what helps the most with cravings and moments of weakness…

Flip The Switch

The switch is flipped in my mind and I know I am 100% committed to my goal! I am ALL IN! This is the most important determinant of success! I have a clear vision of my end goal and a strong belief that it WILL happen. I find it helpful to put inspiring quotes in places I will see every day and I try to surround myself with positive people that believe in me.


Know your purpose! My Platform as Mrs. Woodbury is to inspire people to live a healthy life, to eat clean foods and to get plenty of exercise! Seventy percent of people are overweight or obese, and I want to help change that. This is what attracts me to the Clean Start Weight Loss Program. I want to eliminate all sugars, not only for aesthetic purposes, but also to live a healthier life. I want to teach my son how to eat healthily and respect his body with proper nutrition and exercise. This purpose drives me!!


Journal what you eat. I keep a very detailed food journal which helps discover where I need to make changes if I am not seeing results. Here is the journal I use and a photo of a no carb day, high carb day, and a low carb day during weeks one and two. I also track water intake. My calorie range has been between 1,250-1,800- depending on the day.


Exercise is key to getting the results I need!  The past two weeks I make sure to not miss any workouts. I do cardio 5-6 day’s/week for 30-60 minutes per session and lift weights 5 days/week. I split my weight lifting days into 3 groups:

  • Lower Body (Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes)
  • Back & Biceps
  • Shoulders, Chest & Triceps
  • Abs are incorporated every workout. When lifting, the abdominals should always be activated!

When I feel depleted it can be hard to find the motivation to make it through a workout. I listen to music that pumps me up and keeps me going.  I never felt more depleted than when I was giving birth to Ethan, if Eye of the Tiger can get me through that, it can certainly get me through to the end of a workout! That is one of my go-to songs.

My 2 Week Results with Clean Start

It is so exciting seeing results and knowing my hard work is paying off! My starting body fat percentage was 18.7% and it is now at 15.4%. That is a 3.3% body fat loss in 2 weeks!! I encourage everyone to eat clean this week and to get an extra work out! And if you need that extra push, contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery! Dr. Schneider offers an array of procedures and services including, a MIC B injection that boosts energy and burns fat to assist with weight loss and can be used weekly!

I am so happy I decided to take this journey! I learn something each and every day to help me become a better version of myself! Bring on the next two weeks…

After Losing Weight, When Is the Best Time for Body Contouring?

Losing weight is a huge accomplishment that anyone can be proud of. We’ve talked before about how body contouring like CoolSculpting can help you lose fat in unwanted areas that you can’t get rid of with exercise alone. But once you’ve lost weight, when is the right time to get body contouring? In this article, we are going to talk about when you should consider body contouring when after you’ve lost a lot of weight. Here are some of the important factors to consider before moving forward with body contouring.

Your Overall Health

First of all, it’s important to make sure you are in good overall health before proceeding with body contouring. If you are just starting a new diet plan, or you’ve just had weight loss surgery, you should wait and allow you body to adjust to these new changes before doing body contouring.

Your Ability to Maintain Stable Weight

Another important factor is your ability to maintain a stable weight. You want to make sure you are able to sustain your weight before getting body contouring. If you immediately start putting on weight again after the procedure, the effects of body contouring will be significantly diminished.

Your Provider

Finally, it’s essential that make sure your healthcare provider is board-certified. This ensures that you are in capable hands.

Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, our team of cosmetic professionals offer a wide range of treatment options to help you achieve your goals. From facial plastic surgery, to non-surgical options like facial fillers and Botox, we have the tools you need to accomplish your aesthetic goals. Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience treating patients throughout the Twin Cities area. Contact us today at our St. Paul cosmetic clinic to set up your appointment.



Jessica’s Journey with Clean Start Weight Loss, Part 1

Note: this is part 1 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant.

Hi! I’m Jessica! A 36-year-old wife and mother to a very on the go 3-year-old boy. I’m a fitness enthusiast and nutrition nut who enjoys traveling to all places tropical and loves a challenge! I have competed in figure competitions in the past and am currently preparing to compete in the Mrs. MN America Pageant in June 2019! As I prepare for my pageant I will be following a carb cycling diet and eliminating all sugars to get my body healthy and pageant ready! I will be documenting my journey here!

Clean Start Weight Loss

I met Dr. Schneider at his private practice, Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery & Total Body Aesthetics, and was impressed with the services he and his staff offer. I have seen Dr. Schneider for Botox and am now excited to incorporate his Clean Start Weight Loss Program into my diet! Dr. Schneider has a passion for helping people reach their weight loss goals through a customized weight loss treatment plan.

What is Carb Cycling?

Carb cycling is an eating plan that manipulates caloric intake by alternating high-carb, low-carb, and no carb days. There are many variations to this approach. You can adjust your carb intake to fit your specific needs depending on what your goals are. My goal is to reduce body fat. I am currently at 18.7%. I will start with a carb cycle of:

  • High carb
  • Low carb
  • No carb
  • Repeat

My biggest workout days (HIIT and lower body weight training) will be on high carb days and fasted steady state cardio will be on my no carb days. This way my body is getting the nutrition it needs, when it needs it most!

What Foods & Drinks Can You Consume on this Diet?

All clean, one ingredient foods. No sugar and no dairy. Here is a list of foods and beverages that are in my typical diet and I stick to mostly organic:

Chicken breast, extra lean turkey burger, eggs, egg whites, tilapia, asparagus, spinach, bell peppers, onions, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapefruit, rolled oats, brown rice, puffed rice, puffed kamut, sweet potato, peanut butter (no sugar added), avocado, almonds, walnuts, olive oil, egg white protein powder.

Beverages: Coffee (I love iced coffee and drink lots of it), unsweetened tea, unsweetened almond milk and of course, lots and lots of water.  For a sweetener, I use stevia.

I’m off to my first week of carb cycling. The first 2 weeks are usually the hardest as my body adapts to fewer carbs! Here I go……!!

If you would like to know how you can tailor a diet specifically to your body and achieve the weight loss you want while reducing appetite cravings contact Dr. Schneider at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery and Total Body Aesthetics!