Laser Eyelid Surgery

Facts about Laser Eyelid Surgery

As people age, the skin of the eyelids can become saggy and actually affect vision; one reason that laser eyelid surgery is such a popular option.  It is a relatively easy procedure that is performed in an outpatient setting, making it a viable option for many.

In many people who are aged 45 and older, gravity begins to affect the skin of the eyelids.  Losing muscle tone is a common complaint of older individuals and it can develop into unsightly as well as unhealthy features when sagging skin occurs.  Fatty tissue also accumulates in these areas, making the saggy appearance more pronounced.  The development of saggy, baggy eyelids can result in health issues such as headaches and tired eyes, and annoyances like excessive blinking, twitching and the need to raise the eyebrows in order to effectively read. 

The procedure is called blepharoplasty, and its purpose is basically to tighten the skin around the eyelids.  This is accomplished through the actual removal of excess skin.  A local anesthetic is generally all that is required and the surgery is done on an outpatient basis.  A very short recovery period is endured; usually only lasting a few days.  Often, a cosmetic surgical lift is performed in conjunction with the blepharoplasty, since the laser eyelid surgery is insufficient in improving appearances. 

To perform the procedure, a laser beam makes a small incision in the eyelid, usually in the crease of the upper lid and directly below the eyelashes on the bottom lid.  The laser efficiently and cleanly cuts away unwanted skin, with sutures used to close the incisions.  The entire procedure takes only an hour or two in most cases.  The patient can expect to experience swelling and bruising that can last over a week, although continual advancements in laser technology are making the process less invasive all the time.  Recovery and healing continues for six to eight weeks following the laser eyelid surgery.
A major advantage to choosing laser surgery over traditional surgery is in the significant decrease in the loss of blood.  Laser beams actually serve to seal, or cauterize, the blood vessels that are being cut during incisions; by doing so, less blood is lost during the surgery.  Other positive features are the decreased amount of swelling and bruising experienced by the patient, and a much shorter recovery times.

It must be noted that there are possibilities of complications with this type of procedure, just as there is with any surgery.  The individual must be sure to seek out and choose a well qualified plastic surgeon that has had a great deal of experience with performing laser eyelid procedures.  In the best of situations, bruising and swelling will be part of the recovery process.  Even with a highly trained professional, there is the risk of complications that could be devastating.  Scarring, blurred or impaired vision, severe bruising and tearing as well as other problems could be experienced.  Any person that is considering this type of cosmetic surgery should schedule a consultation with the plastic surgeon, obtain as much information about the surgery, recovery and possible complications and then carefully evaluate all of their options.

There are studies that show that it is possible to ward off the effects of ptosis, the technical name for saggy eyelids, although it cannot unfortunately be prevented.  Some people have had success using massage and exercises that use flexing the muscles to tighten the loosening skin and decrease the appearance of wrinkles.  Individuals have also used combinations of different oils to massage into the thin skin of the eyelid area.

For those who have tried different avenues to reduce the effects of saggy skin, laser eyelid surgery could be the answer.
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