Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift. The procedure typically involves removing excess skin and may also involve removal of muscle and fat. The skin that surrounds the eyes is so thin and delicate that the aging process can really take its toll on your appearance, skin tone and the shape of your eyelids, not to mention your vision. It can make you look much older than you feel, as if you are constantly tired. If you suffer from aging eyes with sagging eyelids, excess eyelid skin or under-eye pouches, laser eyelid surgery and skin resurfacing can offer significant improvements over previous corrective eyelid surgery techniques.
In addition to making you look older, sagging skin around your eyes can impair your peripheral vision, especially the upper and outer parts of your visual field. Upper eyelid laser blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these impairments while making your eyes look more youthful and alert.
Dr. Scott performs cosmetic eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, while using CO2 lasers and the utmost care. Lower eyelid surgery can also involve skin incisions directly below the lash line or a laser incision on the inside of the eyelid, called a transconjunctival approach. The transconjunctival laser blepharoplasty approach allows for access to the eyelid without visible incisions, making this technique perfect for patients who need fat removed.
Blepharoplasty and laser blepharoplasty procedures differ in that the CO2 laser seals blood vessels during surgery. Sealing blood vessels can result in less bruising and swelling, which means the patient will look better sooner after surgery, and Dr. Scott will be better able to navigate your eyelid anatomy during the surgery because there is less bruising and swelling to contend with in the treatment area.
Laser Blepharoplasty works to rejuvenate your look and can be performed in conjunction with laser skin resurfacing or other procedures for more dramatic improvements. Time and again, patients with droopy eyelids (ptosis) and sagging, tired-looking eyes have expressed only one regret: They waited too long to have it done!
Keep in mind that results vary according to the individual patient and the chosen procedure. Dr. Scott will explain all surgical procedures as any procedure, no matter how minor or major, has risks.
For more information regarding cosmetic eyelid surgery and laser blepharoplasty or other cosmetic laser eye surgery, please call us at 703-620-4300 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Fairfax, McLean and close-by communities.