Eyelid Rejuvenation (Blepharoplasty)
What is Eyelid Rejuvenation?
Combination therapies of UltraPulse CO2 Laser for both Upper and Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasties along with Sciton Laser Skin Resurfacing have revolutionized cosmetic surgery for eyelids and the global face in general. This exciting new technology offers excellent cosmetic results with very little discomfort and minimal downtime, often less than one week.
With this focused CO2 Laser technique, baggy eyelids are treated by removing excess tissue while simultaneously sealing small blood vessels and lymphatics. The laser allows for enhanced visualization of a relatively bloodless surgical field lending to a more precise and rapid surgical procedure. Results typically offer patients less post-operative swelling and bruising and therefore requires less recovery time than with conventional techniques performed with a scalpel.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Laser blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery that uses a CO2 laser in lieu of the traditional scalpel. With laser blepharoplasty, Dr. Kent Remington removes excess sagging skin, repositions fat, and tightens loose muscles as needed. The procedure rejuvenates the eyelids and can also resurface and tighten under eye wrinkling. Blepharoplasty takes a decade or more off the age of your face.
Candidates for Laser Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is one of the few cosmetic procedures equally popular with women and men. This is because the way our eyes age shows no preference by sex. Obviously, people who have spent more time outdoors, squinting and dealing with the sun’s UV radiation will have more aging around their eyes than others. This is also true of smokers. Others have a genetic predisposition to forming under eye bags. But the reality of it is this — most people over the age of 40 would benefit from eyelid surgery.
What Can Laser Blepharoplasty Address?
In the upper eyelid, laser blepharoplasty removes extra, sagging skin that makes the patient appear older and tired. In some cases, the sagging skin can begin to interfere with the patient’s vision. In the lower eyelid, blepharoplasty seeks to reduce puffiness and bags beneath the eyes. Fat deposits are removed, or more often repositioned, excess skin is trimmed and muscles are tightened.
Laser Blepharoplasty Procedure
The goal of blepharoplasty is to tighten the skin and lessen or remove puffiness and sagging. Dr. Remington seeks to create a natural eyelid rejuvenation, rather than a “surgically enhanced” look. The precision of the CO2 laser allows him to remove a precise amount of tissue. Patients can opt to have eyelid surgery on one or both eyelids.
In the upper eyelid, the laser incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid, concealing it effectively. Excess skin is removed, fat repositioned or removed, and the underlying muscle tissue tightened.
In the lower eyelid, Dr. Remington tightens and shrinks the loose eyelid muscle and septum through the transconjunctival laser incision. This is made inside the eyelid. This precludes the need for an external incision.
Dr. Remington pays particular attention to fat in both eyelids, and his extensive oculoplastic surgery experience is important. Some doctors remove too much fat, leaving the patient with a hollow look in the area. Dr. Remington usually leaves most of the fat, opting to simply reposition it to maintain a natural look.
Once the surgical portion of upper and/or lower eyelid laser blepharoplasty is complete, Dr. Remington then uses a second laser, the Dynamis Erbium Yag Laser, to resurface and tighten under eye wrinkling. He does this with laser fractional resurfacing. This is extends the rejuvenation beyond simply the upper and lower eyelids.
Is Eyelid Surgery Painful?
A great thing about eyelid surgery, beyond its obvious changes in your facial age, is that the recovery is not difficult. This is even more the case when the incisions are made with a laser. Less bleeding, less tissue trauma, less swelling — these are all proven benefits of laser blepharoplasty. After your surgery with Dr. Remington, you will return home with a cold compress and lubricating eye drops. There will be some swelling and bruising, but it is far less with laser blepharoplasty. This procedure involves minimal downtime, often less than one week.
I have been a patient of Dr Remington for 5 years and every visit has provided incredible results . Both Dr Remington & his staff operate at the highest level providing fantastic care , knowledge and professionalism . Other doctors in this field are simply not able to match Dr Remington ‘s abilities and tremendous results.
What is Recovery Like After Laser Eyelid Surgery?
A great thing about eyelid surgery, beyond its obvious changes in your facial age, is that the recovery is not difficult. This is even more the case when the incisions are made with a laser. Less bleeding, less tissue trauma, less swelling — these are all proven benefits of laser blepharoplasty.
After your surgery with Dr. Remington, you will return home with a cold compress and lubricating eye drops. There will be some swelling and bruising, but it is far less with laser blepharoplasty. This procedure involves minimal downtime, often less than one week.
Laser Blepharoplasty vs Traditional Blepharoplasty
Dr. Remington uses the UltraPulse CO2 laser for these procedures. This gives our patients many benefits over traditional surgery with a scalpel:
- Minimized bleeding — As the laser energy makes the incision, it instantly seals small blood vessels. This dramatically reduces bleeding during the procedure.
- Reduced risk of scarring — Incisions made with the CO2 laser heal with less wound contraction and scarring due to the reduced amount of myofibroblasts formed.
- Less swelling and discomfort — The CO2 laser results in less post-operative swelling, bruising, and discomfort.
- Faster recovery times — Reduced trauma, minimized bleeding, less pain and swelling all lead to faster initial recovery times.
Are there risks with laser blepharoplasty?
There are the potential risks and complications of any surgery: infection, bleeding, and poor wound healing. These possible risks are actually lower when a laser is used versus a traditional scalpel. There can be some eyelid specific complications such as dry eye, entropion or ectropion, and problems closing an eyelid, but these are very rare. Laser blepharoplasty with an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Remington is a safe, satisfying procedure.
Will I Need More Than One Procedure?
If there is a question of whether a patient should have surgery on only the upper or lower eyelids, Dr. Remington usually advises addressing both eyelids at one time. That precludes the need for a second surgery when the patient realizes the “other” eyelid now looks older. Otherwise, patients don’t require touch-ups or revisions with these surgeries. They enjoy their rejuvenated eyes for the rest of their lives.