Laser Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
About Laser Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
In the past, baggy, saggy eyelids were treated with traditional scalpel surgery to remove excess fat, wrinkles, and skin. Deep chemical peels have also been used to remove eyelid wrinkles. While these techniques are effective, they may also result in undesirable effects including bleeding, bruising, scarring and whitening of the skin.
There is a better choice. Laser eyelid surgery (also called Blepharoplasty or Bleph) uses a pulsed laser to remove excess skin, fat, and wrinkles, resulting in considerably less bleeding, bruising, post-treatment pain, and risk of scarring. No scalpel or scissor cutting is involved. The procedure is performed with mild oral sedation and local anesthesia. The Gateway Aesthetic Institute has performed thousands of these surgeries over the past 20 years.
In addition to removing excess skin and fat, the laser improves wrinkles. So, if you are considering treatment for baggy or wrinkled eyelids, remember, lasers are more effective in removing eyelid wrinkles than any other method currently available.
For more information on cosmetic laser eyelid surgery, give us a call at 801-595-1600.
Questions? We can help!
What causes baggy, wrinkled eyelids?
Baggy eyelids and wrinkles around the eyes are generally inherited. However, excess sun exposure, squinting, smoking, allergies, excessive rubbing of the eyes, and dry skin can also cause a loss of elastic tissue within the skin that will make wrinkles worse.
How are baggy eyelids best treated?
In the past, baggy, sagging eyelids were treated with traditional scalpel surgery to remove excess fat, wrinkles, and skin. While this technique is effective, it may also result in undesirable effects including bleeding, bruising and scarring. There is a better choice. Laser cosmetic eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty or bleph) can correct baggy eyelids and wrinkles without hospitalization or general anesthesia and without many of the side effects of traditional eyelid surgery. Instead of cutting the eyelid with a scalpel and scissors, a pulsed laser is used to remove excess skin and fat, resulting in considerably less bleeding, bruising, post-treatment pain, and risk of scarring. The procedure is performed with only mild oral sedation and local anesthesia. In addition to removing skin and fat, the laser also tightens the skin and improves wrinkles.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment sessions can last from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on the extent of the surgery performed.
What are the risks of laser cosmetic eyelid surgery?
Rare complications of eyelid surgery include bleeding, infection, scarring, tight eyelids, dry eyes, double vision, blindness, and adverse reactions to sedation or anesthesia. These complications are extremely rare and can almost always be avoided with proper evaluation and treatment. Laser eyelid surgery offers fewer risks than traditional eyelid surgery. Typically, the only noticeable side effects are redness and swelling.
What type of recovery can I expect after laser eyelid surgery?
After surgery, it’s important to rest with your head elevated at a 45 degree angle and with ice packs applied liberally to your eyelids for the first two days. If excess fat and skin have been removed, you should plan to take at least three days off work. After three days, light-duty work can be performed if it does not require lifting, straining or bending. After two weeks, all normal activities may be resumed. If eyelid wrinkles have also been removed with laser resurfacing, you should plan 7 to 14 days of downtime for the eyelids to sufficiently heal. If a laser peel is applied to the lower eyelids, some redness will remain for a few weeks to several months.
Can anything be done to prevent baggy, wrinkled eyelids?
Eye protection from the sun (sunglasses with side protectors) will help prevent eyelid wrinkles. The use of eyelid moisturizing creams; control of allergies; avoidance of smoking, alcohol and other substances that make the face flush and swell; adequate rest and exercise; and maintenance of proper body weight may also help.
How much experience does your office have in laser eyelid surgery?
Dr. Mark Taylor and his physician associates at Gateway Aesthetic Institute have performed thousands of laser eyelid surgeries (blepharoplasty). In fact, many physicians travel to the Gateway Aesthetic Institute for instruction on advanced laser eyelid surgery techniques.
How do I know if laser eyelid surgery is right for me?
It is best to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Give us a call at (801) 595-1600. Our office is located at the south end of the Gateway Mall at 440 West 200 South, Suite 250, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.
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How do I schedule an appointment?
It’s easy. Call Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center at (801) 595-1600 to schedule an appointment. Our providers can answer and questions or concerns you may have. We are located at the south end of the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City at 440 West 200 South, Suite 250, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.