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Expert Dermatologists on Laser Eyelid Tightening
Wrinkles, droopy eyelids, and under-eye bags can make you look tired and drained, but a surgical blepharoplasty isn’t your only option to rejuvenate your appearance. Laser blepharoplasty is an effective alternative that our board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons offer at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. With a state-of-the-art facility and acclaimed physicians, you can trust us to provide you with exceptional results and a refreshed, youthful look.
What is laser eyelid tightening?
Laser eyelid tightening, or a fractional eyelift, is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery for the eyelids that uses CO2 lasers, like the Fraxel Re:pair and CO2RE, instead of a scalpel. A physician uses the laser to precisely treat unwanted fat and loose skin around the eyes to completely rejuvenate the eye area.
As Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York’s medical director, Roy G. Geronemus, MD, often says, “Laser eyelid tightening offers remarkable results without the need for a scalpel, providing a safer and quicker alternative to traditional surgery for patients with mild to moderate eye bags.”
Benefits of Laser Eyelid Tightening
A laser eye lift offers the following benefits:
- Performed under local anesthetic
- Results comparable to traditional blepharoplasty
- Restores youthful contours around the eyes
- Resolves visual impairment
- Less bleeding, swelling, and bruising compared to surgery
- Reduced risk of scarring
- Quicker procedure time
- Shorter downtime and recovery period
- Long-lasting results
Dr. Geronemus emphasizes, “A key advantage of laser eyelid tightening is the minimal downtime and reduced risk of scarring. It’s a transformative procedure that helps you achieve a refreshed and youthful look with precision and efficiency.”
Limitations and Concerns
Laser eyelid surgery is a proven treatment for mild to moderate bags under the eyes. Patients with severe excess skin on the lower eyelid may not benefit from this non-surgical technique, so a thorough evaluation is essential to determine your candidacy.
Similar to other laser and surgical eye procedures, laser eyelid tightening risks include:
- Eye irritation
- Skin discoloration
- Eye muscle injuries
- Blurred vision
- Loss of eyesight
- Difficulty opening and closing the eyes
Partnering with a board-certified dermatologist can help minimize risks and ensure your safety throughout the procedure.
Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Eyelid Tightening?
Ideal candidates for eyelid laser treatments are those who desire to look more rested and youthful by addressing the following concerns:
- Puffiness of the eyelids
- Drooping eyelids
- Under-eye bags
- Eye wrinkles and lines
- Droopy eyelids that are obstructing vision
- A sad or tired looking face
It is best to consult with a surgeon who can perform a proper assessment to determine your eligibility for the procedure.
Post-Procedure Care and Maintenance
To minimize swelling and bruising, apply cold packs at frequent intervals during the first 72 hours after your procedure. You may also want to sleep in an elevated position for a few days. If your eyes feel dry or sensitive, limit screen time and rest your eyes. While your eyes are healing, avoid using your facial cleansers, moisturizers, and other skincare products. Don’t drive until your vision returns to normal.
While the results from a laser eyelid lift are long-lasting, you cannot stop the natural aging process. To protect your results, maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect your eyes from sun exposure.
Traditional vs. Laser Eyelid Tightening: A Comparison
Laser eyelid tightening results are comparable to a traditional blepharoplasty without the downtime and recovery period typically associated with eyelid surgery. Instead of using a scalpel to make incisions, a laser cauterizes the incision immediately after it is made. This technique allows the physician to get a precise and clean incision, preventing bleeding and scarring and allowing a quicker recovery. According to studies, fractional ablative CO2 laser is an excellent alternative to traditional blepharoplasty.
Despite their differences in technique and recovery time, both methods can deliver beautiful results that leave your eyes looking refreshed and younger.
It’s important to know that a tool or device is only as good as its user. To safely achieve the best results, be sure to consult with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in blepharoplasty.
When considering the choice between traditional and laser eyelid tightening, it’s crucial to remember that the success of any procedure relies heavily on the skill and expertise of the practitioner.
As Dr. Geronemus wisely advises, “The effectiveness of the tool, be it a scalpel or a laser, is greatly amplified when wielded by an experienced and board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Your choice of physician can make all the difference in achieving the best and safest results.”
Schedule Your Laser Eyelid Tightening at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York Today
We offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for refreshing your eyes and making you look and feel your best. Our team of highly acclaimed board-certified physicians will work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan and carefully monitor your results, so you can achieve your aesthetic goals. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can rejuvenate your eyes and overall appearance.
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