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What is Laser Blepharoplasty?

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Laser blepharoplasty is a safer and more effective alternative to traditional eyelid surgery, as it encourages skin tightening from the inside, rather than the external skin tightening of traditional surgery. There are other advantages as well, including less risk, faster recovery and limited anesthesia. The goal of laser blepharoplasty is to provide a fresh appearance by reducing or eliminating saggy, puffy eyelid bags, thereby creating a younger, less fatigued look.

General overview of laser blepharoplasty

The advanced technology of laser blepharoplasty allows for the surgery to be performed on an outpatient basis, reducing the cost of the surgery, permitting the patient to be released quickly from the doctor’s office, and under a combination of local anesthesia and a sedative. The time needed depends on how complex the procedure is, and the amount of work needing to be done, but generally last between one to three hours.

The principal advantage of laser blepharoplasty over conventional blepharoplasty is that it minimally invasive. It requires the use of a laser beam to make a tiny incision. The laser cauterizes the blood vessels as it cuts, minimizing the amount of bleeding, and reducing the risks. The surgeon, is able to better see around the eyelid area, thereby permitting a safer and more effective procedure. Once completed, the incision is carefully closed up with sutures.

Recovery and aftereffects of laser blepharoplasty

In addition to being released from the doctor that same day, patients who choose laser eyelid surgery do not experience as much scarring as those who undergo traditional eyelid surgery. Any swelling, discoloration, and bruising are also reduced. Recovery time is much less than that needed for traditional eyelid surgery. The results are longer lasting than the traditional method, although touchups may be necessary.

Costs of eyelid surgery

Laser blepharoplasty is a bit more expensive than the conventional procedure, with costs ranging from $3000 to $5000. The amount actually charged depends on the skill of the surgeon and the demand for the procedure in any given area. A conventional procedure runs from $2000 to $5000. For many, the higher cost of laser blepharoplasty is not viewed as a barrier because of the faster healing and reduced scarring.

This article is not intended as medical advice. For proper medical advice and guidance, please consult with a licensed medical professional.

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