Can you have incisionless upper eyelid surgery?

August 3, 2011

Can you have incisionless upper eyelid surgery?
Can you have incisionless upper eyelid surgery?

Many people with naturally tired-looking, droopy eyes elect to have eyelid surgery to improve their appearance and make them look younger, more rested, refreshed and alert.

The procedure involves removing excess fat and skin from both the upper and lower eye areas.

For the upper eyelids, generally an incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is often hidden just below the lower lashes.

While these traditional methods leave minimal scarring, many patients today want the benefits of the surgery without any visible scars.

Some cosmetic surgeons are using a new approach to help their patients get results without scarring, allowing them to have an invisible eyelid surgery.

Because the scars associated with lower eyelid surgery are often hidden by the lower eye lashes, the traditional method is used. To avoid the look of a "deflated" lower eye area, results can be improved when this procedure is combined with the use of an advanced micro-fractional CO2 resurfacing laser treatment.

This skin-tightening procedure is repeated on the upper eyelid, without any incisions at all. Instead, the laser works to tighten the skin in a minimally invasive way.

Those who are considered good candidates for eyelid surgeries often have excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids, loose skin on the upper eyelids that can impair vision, a puffy appearance in the eyes, excess skin and fine wrinkles on the lower eye areas, as well as bags, dark circles and droopiness under the eyes.

A licensed, board-certified cosmetic surgeon can help those seeking eyelid surgeries determine what technique will provide the best results for them. 


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