Eye Lift (Blepharoplasty)

Are your droopy eyelids affecting your vision? When the saggy, puffy skin around your eyes starts to impact your looks, lifestyle, and functionality it's time to look into an eye lift.

Blepharoplasty (also known as laser eyelid surgery, laser eye-lift, and other similar names) eliminates the excess fat and skin that weigh your eyes down. We often combine it with a technique like ActiveFX or laser resurfacing to smooth out wrinkles and give you the lighter, brighter appearance of youth.

Blepharoplasty is a quick, in-office treatment that is virtually bloodless and painless. We can treat the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.


Look younger. Better Vision.

Conditions

SAGGING, PUFFY, OR WRINKLED EYES

Wrinkles and folds around the eyes. Excessive skin and fat, causing drooping lids, "bags" under the eyes, sagging, and puffiness.



The Treatment

UPPER EYELIDS

We begin by giving you a local anesthetic. Using a laser device, Dr. Ramsdell makes a tiny incision in the crease above the eye and removes excess fat, muscle, and skin. The incision is closed with sutures, which are removed after healing.

LOWER EYELIDS

After deadening the treatment site with a local anesthetic, Dr. Ramsdell works through an incision in the back of the lower eyelid. Because of the incision location you need no sutures and will have no visible scarring.

After either blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Ramsdell can use the laser to remove any residual skin and smooth out wrinkles.



The Schedule

Upper and lower blepharoplasties take approximately 30 to 60 minutes each. If you have both upper and lower eyelids treated at the same time, it will take one to two hours. Dr. Ramsdell will want to see you for a follow-up visit the day after your surgery, and if you have upper blepharoplasty we will need to see you five to seven days later to remove your sutures.


Precautions

The laser device minimizes your chances of bleeding and bruising. To further reduce this risk you should not take aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or similar anti-inflammatory medications for 10 days before and seven days after treatment. Do not drink alcohol seven days before and until five days after treatment. Refrain from vigorous exercise for 10 days after treatment.

Rare risks and side effects include poor healing with skin loss or scarring, nerve or muscle damage, impairment of eye function, decrease in tear production, or the inability to close the eyes completely.

  • See Also
  • ActiveFX — A simple way to remove wrinkles with laser that requires minimal down-time.
  • Laser Resurfacing — A powerful way to eliminate wrinkles and signs of aging.