As we age, our skin gradually loses its elasticity. While this manifests across the entire body, the effect is especially pronounced around the eyes. When excess skin accumulates near the eyelids, you may appear much older than you actually are. In extreme cases, the sagging skin can even obscure your line of sight. Fortunately, Aesthetics can bring a sense of youthfulness back to aging eyes through surgical correction.
We offer laser eyelid lifts or a blepharoplasty in accordance with our patient’s needs. The eyelid lift uses laser pulses in place of a scalpel to tighten the excess skin. The blepharoplasty is reserved for more severe droopiness. It utilizes hidden incisions to allow for maximum control over revitalizing the eyelid contour. To find out which procedure is best for you, call (320)-347-1515 for a free consultation at our office in New London, MN.
Am I A Candidate?
Those who qualify for a laser eyelid lift or blepharoplasty meet the following criteria:
- Sagging upper eyelids
- Excess fullness beneath the lower eyelids
- Good health
- Realistic expectations
About The Procedure
Laser Eyelid Lift
Treatment is performed with topical anesthesia. Our laser specialist uses an Erbium laser to stimulate collagen growth and tighten skin. This causes wrinkles to fade in a process that’s akin to skin resurfacing. The absence of a scalpel means an absence of incisions and a reduction in post-operation bruising.
The procedure can take up to 2 hours for all four eyelids, and requires only local anesthesia. Small incisions are placed in the natural creases where the eyelid meets the brow bone or cheek bone. They’re used to separate the skin from underlying tissues. This lets Dr. Sult reshape the contour around the eyes by removing excess skin and fat. A blepharoplasty is oftentimes paired with the laser eyelid lift for more thorough results.
You’ll experience minor swelling, bruising, and possibly redness for 2-3 days after the laser eyelid lift. These symptoms can be alleviated through the use of a cold compress. Following a blepharoplasty, you’ll have small stitches closing your incisions, which can be removed after one week. Avoid alcohol consumption during this time. This can exasperate swelling, and delay healing. A return to work can be made in 3-5 days. Makeup should be avoided for the first 2-3 weeks though, as treatment sites must be kept clean to avoid infection. Regular exercise can resume after 3 weeks.
For both procedures, the final results begin to surface once swelling and bruising have subsided. Significant reductions in puffiness of the lower eyelid, and upper eyelid droop, will be readily apparent. Patients who suffered vision obstruction due to excess skin see an immediate improvement post-operation. Incision scars take 1-2 months to fade, at which point your results will be finalized.