Laser eyelid surgery, sometimes referred to as laser blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure for the eyes available at The Adoro Medical Spa in Annapolis. Our eyes are often the first facial feature to show signs of age. Fat deposits and reduced skin elasticity lead to bags under the eyes and droopy upper eyelids, giving us a tired, aged appearance. Laser eyelid surgery can correct these problems, restoring a youthful appearance.
Unlike traditional blepharoplasty, laser eyelid surgery does not use a scalpel. Instead a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is used to make the incisions. Because the laser cauterizes blood vessels as it cuts, there is less bleeding. In addition to improving the surgeon’s visibility during the procedure, the use of the laser also reduces the amount of swelling and bruising experienced afterward by the patient.
Laser eyelid surgery is generally an outpatient procedure. Ten days prior to the procedure, patients are requested to discontinue certain vitamins and medications. Patients are also asked not to eat or drink for eight hours before surgery. The eyelids are marked the day of surgery.
The actual procedure can last anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the amount of work involved. The patient it put under sedation, sometimes referred to as twilight sleep, or general anesthesia. A metal plate is used to protect the eyeball during laser eyelid surgery.
For lower eyelid problems, an incision is made with the laser. This is usually done from inside to eliminate a visible incision. Excess fat is removed. If wrinkles or sun damage exist, laser resurfacing will be done.
For upper eyelid problems, the laser is used to make a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This camouflages the incision. Excess skin, fat and muscle are removed through the incision. The wound is then sealed with tissue, quickly dissolving stitches, or a combination of the two.
After Annapolis laser eyelid surgery, patients can return home. They are instructed to use compresses to reduce swelling and antibiotic drops to prevent any infection of the eye. In addition, there are some restrictions involving exercise, bending down and lifting for the first week in order to give the eyelids time to heal and reduce complications. Patients can usually return to work within a week.
The results of laser eye surgery are generally long-lasting. In some patients, the result may even be permanent. A touch up procedure may be necessary in the future depending on factors such as lifestyle, age and activities. For more information on laser eye surgery, visit www.myeyelids.com.