Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Laser Blepharoplasty vs. Scalpel Blepharoplasty

As we age, some of us, even as early as in our thirties, develop saggy eyelid skin and undereye bags. All of which can give us a tired and aged look.

Traditionally, dermatologic/plastic/ophthalmic surgeons have removed the saggy excess skin or under-eye bags with either a scalpel or a scissors.  While there are many talented surgeons who still prefer this technique, physicians who are skilled at laser surgery have revolutionized blepharoplasty.  With laser, there is significantly less bruising, bleeding, swelling, and recovery time and hence the results are better with less visible scarring.  At my practice, we have many years experience with this technique and have enjoyed the beautiful results in our patients and many of the staff too.  If you have under-eye puffiness or bags, you can have the fat pad that is responsible in most cases gently removed with a small invisible laser incision on the inside of the lower eyelid.  See before/after photos below.

There are human psychology studies that  have shown us that when people are meeting and conversing the primary point of focus on a person's face is our eyes.  With eyes being so important in human communication, it makes sense to consider if eyelid rejuvenation would be helpful.

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