Are droopy eyelids a problem for you? You’re not alone. Droopy or saggy eyelids are a common feature of aging and often occur because of a decline in skin elasticity. Many people of varying ages suffer from droopy eyelids, and they are often curious to find out – what can I do to correct drooping eyelids? Below we detail some of these solutions including the laser eyelid lift procedure.
What Causes Droopy Eyelids?
Droopy eyelids is a condition that can be inherited. If your parents have droopy eyelids chances are you’ll have it too, but aging is also a factor. The skin above the eyelids is particularly delicate and fragile, so it’s quick to show signs of aging. The lower lids are areas most affected by dark circles and bags.
What Can I do to Correct Drooping Eyelids?
Droopy, hooded, or saggy eyelids can be corrected with a procedure known as an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). Saggy eyelids can affect one or both eyes and it’s sometimes so severe that it obscures vision. Blepharoplasty will get rid of the excess skin, and open up the eyes to improve vision.
An eyelid lift is done to remove excess skin and fat around the upper and lower eyelids. Removing the extra skin hanging over the eyelid refreshes your entire appearance making you look more alert and less tired. Candidates for the procedure generally have about 1 cm of extra skin hanging over the lashes. Before the operation, the surgeon will measure the amount of excess skin that’s there, and then take out just the right amount.
Laser Eyelid Lift for Drooping Eyelids
Laser blepharoplasty or the laser eyelid lift has traditionally been done with the use of a scalpel to make the incisions on the eyelid, but laser blepharoplasty has now become a very popular alternative.
A Laser blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to improve the aesthetics of the eyes.
Laser eyelid lift is an outpatient procedure that is typically done under local anesthesia. The laser eyelid lift can be combined with laser skin resurfacing around the eyes, to eliminate wrinkled skin in the region of the eyelids.
Laser blepharoplasty holds several advantages over the traditional scalpel technique.
The incisions made with the laser during an eyelid lift tend to bleed less, because the laser also seals the blood vessels at the same time as it cuts through the skin. There is also less bruising, pain and swelling after the operation. Which helps minimize downtime.
There is usually less scarring with the laser eyelid lift, and the wound tends to heal faster.
Laser blepharoplasty is commonly performed with a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, which is the same CO2 laser that is used for laser skin resurfacing.
How it Works
The focused laser beam from the laser is aimed at the area on the eyelids, where it makes the incision. After this process is complete the surgeon will remove any excess skin and fat, then close with stitches. If both the upper and lower eyelids are being done, the surgeon usually operates on the upper eyelids first.
Depending on the extent of surgery, the procedure can last anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes.
What to Expect After Surgery
The downtime with laser blepharoplasty is relatively short, as most patients are able to resume work within 7 days. Swelling can take 1-3 weeks to resolve completely, after that time the results of surgery will be clearly seen.
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
Clients in Guilford, CT can contact The Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery to find out more about laser eyelid surgery for droopy eyelids. Email Dr Robert Langdon here directly to schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.