Surgery Overview & Recovery
COSMETIC LASER EYELID SURGERY ALLOWS FOR GREATER PRECISION AS WELL AS A QUICKER RECOVERY THAN WITH OLDER SURGICAL TECHNIQUES.
Cosmetic laser eyelid surgery is a procedure to correct the appearance of droopy eyelids and under eye bags. Dr. Stout is renowned for restoring eyes to a more youthful state and creating a natural, refreshed appearance for his patients, both women and men.
Dr. Stout specializes in laser eyelid surgery, which is performed by making an incision with a laser beam as opposed to a traditional scalpel. This technique has several advantages.
- The laser automatically seals the blood vessels, so the patient experiences less bleeding and the surgeon can more easily monitor the progress of the surgery.
- This precise method of forming the incision creates less trauma to the eye area, paving the way for less bruising, scarring, and discoloration following the surgery, as well as a quicker recovery.
ON THE DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE, EXPECT TO SPEND APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS AT OUR SURGERY CENTER.
- You will be given sedation and your eyelids will be anesthetized, ensuring that you are at ease throughout the entire procedure.
- When performing laser eyelid surgery, Dr. Stout does not use general anesthesia. Rather, he uses local anesthesia with an intravenous sedation, placing patients in a twilight sleep. Patients are given just enough anesthesia to be comfortable and have a pleasant experience, but are not overly sedated.
- During all blepharoplasty procedures, an anesthesiologist certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology administers sedation and monitors the patient carefully.
LASER EYELID SURGERY CAUSES SIGNIFICANTLY LESS BRUISING THAN OLDER PROCEDURES.
While everyone heals at different rates, most patients experience some bruising and swelling, which begin to subside during the first week of recovery. In the majority of cases, most of the swelling and bruising is usually resolved a week to two weeks after surgery. Keeping the head elevated and using cold compresses helps alleviate these symptoms.
Some patients may experience eye dryness, burning, itching, or tearing. These are normal reactions and can be alleviated with eye lubricant drops.
THE RECOVERY FOLLOWING LASER BLEPHAROPLASTY TYPICALLY INVOLVES LITTLE OR NO PAIN.
In many cases, patients do not even need to take Tylenol as they recover from the procedure. After undergoing the procedure, it is recommended for patients to be a “couch potato” for the first week and telecommute if necessary. After the first week, patients may resume walking on a treadmill and equivalent exercises. After two weeks, most people return to routine exercises and activities.
The most common complaint during this phase is boredom. Its best to work on projects at your desk to pass the time. People take their post operative time at home to plan their next vacation or catch up on projects that they haven’t had the time for before. Many patients have fond this time to be quite productive.