Laser Eyelid Surgery Questions

Q – What is laser eyelid surgery?
Laser eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is designed to rejuvenate baggy or droopy eyelids and to restore youthful eyes. The laser provides the ultimate precision for this procedure. Since the laser seals small blood vessels, there is very little bleeding during surgery. As a result, bruising and swelling are kept to a minimum and your recovery is pleasant. Baggy lower eyelids are due to enlarged fat deposits under the skin. These deposits are inherited and unrelated to diet. Dr. Massey & Dr. Rahimi’s laser technique is extremely effective in removing bags in order to restore the normal shape to your eyes. Unlike older methods, there is typically no cut through the skin with the laser. Consequently, stitches are not necessary and scars are completely avoided. For upper lids, however, a crescent of skin is excised and sutures will be placed.

Q – How do I know if I’m a good candidate for laser eyelid surgery?
Good candidates for laser eyelid surgery include physically healthy men and women who have realistic expectations and are looking to improve the appearance of puffy under eye bags or drooping of the upper eyelids.

Q – Where do Dr. Massey & Dr. Rahimi perform laser eyelid surgery?
Dr. Massey & Dr. Rahimi perform some laser eyelid surgeries in our state-of-the-art, state-licensed surgery center while others may take place in our fully-equipped laser center.

Q – What form of anesthesia is laser eyelid surgery performed with?
Laser eyelid surgery may be performed with local or twilight anesthesia. These options will be discussed with the doctor.

Q – How long is the surgery for laser eyelid surgery?
Laser eyelid surgery typically takes thirty to forty-five minutes to perform.

Q – Can I drive myself home after my laser eyelid surgery?
Patients will be able to drive themselves home if local anesthesia is used for the laser eyelid surgery procedure. If sedation is used, patients will need someone else to drive them home.

Q – Where are the incisions made for laser eyelid surgery?
For the lower eyelids, there is no cut through the skin and therefore no scarring. When there is an excessive amount of skin on the lower lids, it can be excised through a small incision. For the upper eyelids, there is a scar concealed in the eyelid crease. It usually fades with time.

Q – Will the laser eyelid surgery leave scars?
There is generally no scarring when the lower eyelids are treated unless there is an excessive amount of skin on the lower lids, in which case there will be a small, well-concealed scar. The scar for the upper eyelids is concealed in the eyelid crease and usually fades with time.

Q – Will I experience much pain after my laser eyelid surgery?
Patients may experience a temporary tight or sore feeling in the eyelids.

Q – What can I expect of the recovery after laser eyelid surgery?
After recovering in our certified recovery room, you will be able rest in the comfort of your own home. In most cases, bruising and swelling are minimal. Patients can usually return to work within three days after lower eyelid blepharoplasty and within seven days after upper eyelid blepharoplasty.

Q – When can I return to work after undergoing laser eyelid surgery?
In most cases, patients can return to work within three days after lower lid blepharoplasty and within seven days after upper lid blepharoplasty.

Q – When will my stitches be removed after my laser eyelid surgery?
The stitches are removed one week after the laser eyelid surgery.

Q – What are the risks of laser eyelid surgery?
Cosmetic surgery, like any surgery has risks. Dr. Massey & Dr. Rahimi will discuss the risks with you in detail to enable you to make an informed decision. Because the laser seals and coagulates blood vessels as it cuts, the risk of bleeding is almost completely avoided. In addition, the laser sterilizes the tissue, thus diminishing the risk of infection. The overall risk of complication is greatly reduced with the laser.

Q – Is laser eyelid surgery covered by insurance?
When the surgery is performed for medical reasons, such as excessive hooding of the upper eyelids impairing vision, insurance may cover part of the cost of the procedure. We will assist you in checking with your insurance carrier.

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