The Eyelid Lift (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, dermal fillers & wrinkle relaxers, and/or a chemical peel.
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.
"The best gift I ever gave myself was an eyelid lift. It took 10 years off my face!" (Dr. Mash patient)
Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can also impair your vision. An upper eyelid lift is sometimes considered 'medically necessary' for documented patient complaints of interference with vision or visual field related activities. Difficulty reading or driving can be due to upper eye lid skin drooping, looking through the eyelids or seeing the upper eye lid skin. Often there is redundant skin overhanging the upper eye lid margin and resting on the eyelashes when gazing straight ahead. If you think your eyelid lift is medically necessary, it needs to be documented by your physician. If you need a list of physicians for your primary exam, Dr. Mash can assist you.
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 we will 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 three days after the procedure. “After” pictures will be taken at this 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 hours and use antibiotic eye drops for a week. Most patients return to work within a week of their procedure.
Make an appointment for a complementary cosmetic consultation, at which time Dr. Mash will discuss your expectations and the probable outcome of treatment. We will show you photographs of previous treatments we have done, and will answer any questions you may have. 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.