Time affects us all, and our faces are no exception. Delicate facial skin, especially around the eyes, is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Many people considering eyelid surgery ask in online forums if they should get traditional eyelid surgery or opt for a laser option. How exactly can patients tell which choice is best for them?
Laser eyelid surgery and traditional eyelid surgery each offer distinct benefits for Nashville women and men. In this blog post, we’ll explain a few of the main differences between the two types of eyelid surgeries.
Benefits of Laser Eyelid Surgery
Both versions of eyelid surgery can remove loose, saggy skin and help eyes appear younger. However, some patients prefer the technique that uses a precise CO2 laser as the “scalpel.” With this type of surgery, the heat of the laser reduces bleeding and results in a shorter recovery time. Laser eyelid surgery may be appropriate for certain patients with specific needs, such as those with lower eyelid concerns.
Some practices also use lasers as a marketing tactic because some patients are nervous about “going under the knife.” But don’t worry—traditional eyelid surgery is just as safe as the laser option.
Benefits of Traditional Eyelid Surgery
Traditional eyelid surgery can achieve the same results as laser eyelid surgery. However, this version involves a scalpel instead of a focused laser. The surgeon uses the scalpel to make a small incision along the fold of the upper eyelid or directly beneath the lower lid. Because there is no laser involved, there is no potential for thermal damage to the eyelid tissue.
Some desired results require conventional eyelid surgery instead of the laser option. Your surgeon will guide you toward the best option for your specific needs.
The Best of Both
There are many ways to fight the signs of aging. At my own practice, I often combine traditional eyelid surgery with laser resurfacing as part of a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. By harnessing the best of both treatment options, I can help patients tighten loose skin, remove unwanted fat, and rejuvenate the eye area all at once. Our before-and-after photos show a few examples of the excellent results this technique creates.
In the end, your results depend more on the skill of your surgeon than the specific technique. Find a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to safely and successfully perform your eyelid surgery.
Although we’ve temporarily closed our office due to COVID-19, we are always happy to talk with patients. If you want to discuss your eyelid surgery options with an experienced facial plastic surgeon in Nashville, please request a consultation online. You can also contact us by phone at (615) 942-8016.