You have probably heard of blepharoplasty, but how much you really know about it? The more we know about the procedure, the easier it is to understand all its benefits, risks, and whether it’s something from which we could benefit. Throughout this post, you’re going to learn more about laser blepharoplasty and its benefits.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is defined as a form of surgery whose main purpose is to repair droopy eyelids, and it may involve the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscles. As the most common type of aesthetic eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is performed on both upper and lower eyelids. Due to the aging process, our skin stretches and eyelids are not the exceptions. Muscles supporting eyelids weaken, which causes the skin to become droopy.
Who needs blepharoplasty?
Persons whose eyelids are saggy and droopy to the point where they prevent their eyes from opening completely may want to consider blepharoplasty. Lifting eyelids and removal of excess fat, muscle, and tissue may improve a patient’s vision as well. Of course, the procedure may also be performed to rejuvenate a patient’s appearance. Generally speaking, the most common reasons for this procedure are bags under the eyes, excess skin on upper or lower eyelids, and baggy or droopy eyelids. Patients may undergo blepharoplasty if they want to get eyebrow lift, skin resurfacing, or other procedures such as a facelift.
How is laser blepharoplasty performed?
Laser blepharoplasty, as you can conclude by its name, utilizes lasers to correct deformities or improve the aesthetics of the area around the patient’s eyes. While some people want to improve vision, a vast majority of these procedures are performed for cosmetic purposes.
During the upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions and excisions with the laser to remove or reposition fatty deposits as well as excess muscle and skin in that area.
The use of lasers minimizes bleeding due to the fact that laser beams vaporize tissue and seals small blood vessels. Decreased bleeding accelerates the recovery process, and it reduces the risk of scarring. The procedure also lowers swelling and discomfort compared to the “traditional” procedure.
What to expect after the procedure?
Laser blepharoplasty is generally safe and does not induce some horrible side effects. That being said, it’s normal to have a little bit of swelling and bruising in the first week. Redness may persist up to the second or third week after the surgery. The surgeon or your ophthalmologist will advise you on how to take care of your eyes properly.
How long it takes to recover?
Recovery from laser blepharoplasty is faster than with “traditional” procedure. Most patients can get back to their usual lifestyle within one week.
Laser blepharoplasty is usually done for cosmetic purposes, but it is also performed to improve vision, which was impaired by droopy and saggy skin. This procedure is fast and performed in an outpatient setting. Lasers are minimally invasive, and the procedure has a faster recovery than with scalpel approaches.