1) What type of anesthesia do i need for the surgical procedures?
It is performed using local anesthesia with the option to take an oral sedative.

2) Will i have bruising after surgery?
There can be some bruising. Most patients are presentable and return to work within one to two weeks. Although they may look bruised and swollen for a week or so after the surgery, many patients are ready to be at their desk doing computer work earlier than that.

3) Are There Scars After surgery?
All surgeries result in scars. However, they are generally very difficult to see and appear invisible to the casual observer once they have fully healed.

4) How old do i have to be to have an upper eyelid lift?
There is no specific age when upper eyelid surgery is appropriate. Most patients seek consultations for this procedure after the age of 35. Having said that, some patients experience loose skin and puffy eyelids as a result of family genetics and may consider this surgery sooner.

5) What are the risks of upper blepharoplasty?
Before surgery, you will have an in depth discussion with Dr. Thulesen about the risks and benefits of the procedure. You will also receive an information packet that includes many of the major risks of this surgery as well as detailed pre and post surgery instructions. Fortunately, most surgery complications are infrequent and minor when performed by a competent oculoplastic surgeon.

6) How much time do i need to take off work?
This depends on your job. Some patients go back to desk work after three-to-five days. While recovery time varies with each individual, Dr. Thulesen generally recommends at least 1 week of recovery. There may still be minor bruising and swelling after this time, though this can usually be disguised with make-up.

7) When can i exercise after surgery?
You should avoid any significant strain or exercise after surgery in order to reduce swelling and promote healing. During the second week after surgery, and when all the stitches in the skin have been removed, you can begin light exercise, again avoid heavy lifting or sustained, strenuous aerobic exercise. After three weeks, you should be able to engage in your usual activities without restriction in most cases.

8) What other procedures can be combined with blepharoplasty or eyebrow lifts?
A number of other aesthetic procedures are often combined with surgery, - we call it "Blepharoplasty Plus". These include non-permanent fillers, botulinum toxin (Botox®, and CO2 laser skin resurfacing).