Blepharoplasty refers to eyelid surgery performed to correct sagging eyelids, remove the fatty pouches beneath the eyes, and remove excess skin from the upper eyelids. Laser Blepharoplasty refers to this surgery when performed with a laser instead of a scalpel. This surgery is offered at the Asarch Center for Dermatology and Laser in Denver to both improve appearance, giving the patient’s eyes a more youthful look, while also preventing the vision impairment that exists when drooping eyelids start to interfere with the patient’s line of sight. Laser Blepharoplasty alone provides the patient with a youthful looking eye area. It can also be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing, to enhance the patient’s overall appearance.
Being a highly vascularized region of the face, one of the major complications of eyelid surgery is excessive bleeding. However, with Laser Blepharoplasty, the bleeding is better managed because the laser is able to seal the blood vessels almost instantaneously during the entire process, which has greatly reduced the occurrence of bleeding. This also allows the surgeon to see the treated area better during the procedure, and also promotes faster healing times with much less bruising.
Yes, stitches are required on the upper eyelids with Laser Blepharoplasty. When the excess skin of the upper eyelids is removed, the resulting wound is sutured closed. It will take about seven days before the sutures can be removed. If the patient just has lower eyelid surgery, were the fatty pouches under the lower lids is removed, no sutures are necessary.
The length of the procedure depends on the extent of repair and restoration that needs to be done on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. A standard procedure usually takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete.
No, but you may be given sedating medication through IV infusion. This “conscious sedation” will allow you to have the procedure in a relaxed state and significantly reduce discomfort.
Post-operative care for blepharoplasty usually calls for antibiotic ointment or drops that the patient needs to use as prescribed by the doctor. Cold compress during the first 24 hours after surgery will also help reduce the swelling or bruising that may occur.