EYELID LIFT (Laser Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid Lift or Laser Blepharoplasty can correct sagging eyelids,
by removing excess skin in
the upper eyelids. It can be done alone, or in conjunction with
other facial procedures such as Laser Skin Resurfacing, the Liquid Face Lift, and/or a Chemical Peel.
is the laser an improved technique for this surgery?
The laser is an intense beam of light that can be focused to a pinpoint
and used in place of a scalpel. The laser seals blood vessels as
it cuts, so that bleeding is almost nonexistent.
Because the blood vessels are sealed, Dr. Mash has better visualization
of the treatment area, and you recover more rapidly with less bruising
than was possible with pre-laser eyelid lifts.
should I do if I want an Eyelid Lift?
Make an appointment for a complementary cosmetic consultation, at
which time Dr. Mash will discuss your expectations
and the probable outcome of treatment. They will show you photographs
of previous treatments they have done, and will answer any questions
you may have. If you are a smoker, you will be required to sign
a form that you will stop smoking for a period both before and following
your surgery. If you are approved for an Eyelid Lift the earliest
possible appointment will be made for you, and you will receive
pre-and post-op instructions.
Do I need a Doctor Referral?
Yes. Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes also can impair your vision. This procedure will be done after examination by a physician to meet medical necessity requirements. Upper eyelid lift is considered medically necessary for documented patient complaints of interference with vision or visual field related activities such as difficulty reading or driving due to upper eye lid skin drooping, looking through the eyelids or seeing the upper eye lid skin AND there is redundant skin overhanging the upper eye lid margin and resting on
the eyelashes when gazing straight ahead. In addition, the physician will document that your visual field is hampered. If you need a list of physicians for your primary exam, Dr. Mash can assist you.
should I expect on the day of my surgery?
Dr. Mash will perform your Eyelid Lift right here in our fully equipped,
office-based surgical suite. When you arrive for your surgery, we
will take “Before” pictures, and review your pre-and
post-op instructions. To help you relax, you will be given light
sedation and a local anesthetic. Following surgery you will spend
a few hours in our recovery room for observation before you go home
or to a hotel to rest. You will need a driver as our protocols do
not permit driving after sedation. We will ask you to return for
a follow-up visit after three days. “After” pictures
will be taken at this time.
is the recovery time?
Since the laser method causes minimal swelling or bruising as compared
to non-laser methods, most of our patients can return to normal
activities after a weekend. After surgery, you are required to apply
ice compresses during the first 24 to 48 hour and use antibiotic
eye drops for a week. Most patients return to work within a week
of their procedure.
On the upper eyelids you may see a thin, light-colored scar, which
is concealed in the lid crease. This may be visible for several
weeks or months, but only when the eyes are closed.