Laser eyelid surgery is used to remove or reduce remove sagging or puffy skin around the eyes.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Most are 30 or older, but if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have laser eyelid surgery at a younger age. It is important to check with your ophthalmologist before you have surgery if you have any of these conditions: thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease, dry eye (lack of sufficient tears), high blood pressure (or other circulatory disorders), cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A detached retina or glaucoma is also reason for caution. If you seeking Laser Eyelid Surgery in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, please call our office for a private consultation appointment.
Laser eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. It is important to understand that expectations should be for improvement and perfection. You can however, expect a more youthful look as a result. When performed by a qualified physician, complications after laser eyelid surgery are typically infrequent and usually minor. Bruising and swelling typically lasts on an average of two weeks but can continue for a month or more. It is important to understand that the human body is asymmetrical and even after surgery both sides of the body may look different. Although uncommon, bleeding and infection are risks and can be serious. It should be expected to have some pain and discomfort after this surgery. The pain typically lasts for only a few days. One percent of all operations lead to major complications. Weigh the pros and cons of this procedure with your physician to see if this is a viable option for you. You can reduce your risks by closely following your physician’s instructions both before and after eyelid surgery.
Most individuals feel ready to go out in public within 7–10 days. We strongly recommend that you do not wear makeup until after 7–10 days. Patients should not wear contact lenses until at least 2 weeks.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed using a topical anesthetic. Any discomfort experienced during or after the surgery can easily be alleviated by oral medications.
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for laser eyelid surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, taking (avoiding) vitamins, iron tablets and any other certain medications. If you develop a cold or an infection of any kind, especially a skin infection, your laser eyelid surgery may have to be postponed. Also, while you are making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and, if needed, to help you at home for a day or two. After the treatment the physician will most likely lubricate your eyes with ointment and may apply a bandage to the treated area. Any discomfort due to pain can be controlled with the pain medication prescribed by your physician. If you feel any severe pain, it is important that you call your physician immediately. Patients are instructed to keep their head elevated for several days, and to use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. It is not uncommon to feel a bit anxious or depressed in the days or weeks following laser eyelid surgery. However, this feeling will subside as you begin to look and feel better.
Any surgical procedure should be considered greatly. If you are seeking Laser Eyelid Surgery in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, please contact our office to speak with a physician regarding the risks and possible outcomes.