Blepharoplasty

Surgical Face Blepharoplasty

The eyes are sometimes called the window to your soul, but unfortunately, they’re also one of the primary places to show signs of aging. Skin laxity and wrinkles may eventually lead to droopy eyelids and a permanently tired expression. For patients wanting to rejuvenate their appearance and restore bright, youthful-looking eyes, blepharoplasty at The Langdon Center may be the answer.

What is Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Lift)?

Blepharoplasty, also called an eyelid lift, is a surgical technique used to improve the appearance of the eyelids. In the upper eyelid, excess skin can produce large folds and cause drooping. This can actually compromise the line of sight in extreme cases. There may also be bulging of orbital fat pads, creating a puffy look. In the lower eyelid, bulging fat pads that create under-eye bags are usually the main problem.

Dr. Langdon performs laser blepharoplasty, in which a CO2 laser is used as a surgical instrument instead of the traditional scalpel blade. This allows for optimal results with minimal scarring and downtime.

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The average treatment time for laser blepharoplasty is 90-120 minutes, depending on whether the upper, lower, or all four lids are treated. Dr. Langdon can treat the upper and lower eyelids together, or they can be done separately. Some patients may have other procedures combined with their blepharoplasty, such as a brow lift or facelift if needed. 

Depending on your personalized treatment, Dr. Langdon will use the CO2 laser to make incisions in the natural creases of the upper eyelids or just inside the lower eyelids. Through the upper incision, he will remove any excess skin and fat. On the lower lids, excess fat is removed via the incision on the inside of the lids. He may also reposition sagging lacrimal glands and tighten the lower lids before closing the incisions.

A local anesthetic is used during the procedure, and patients typically experience little to no discomfort during surgery. For most patients, a sedative medication is also used to ensure comfort during the procedure.

Dr. Langdon’s innovative approach and use of a CO2 laser for blepharoplasty help reduce recovery time. Most patients experience minimal bruising, swelling, or bleeding and can resume light activities within two to four days of the surgery. Post-operative pain is mild; most patients only require Tylenol and ice packs to ease any pain or discomfort.

Patients should expect to take approximately a week off of work. You should wait two weeks before resuming strenuous exercise. Dr. Langdon will provide detailed aftercare instructions and let you know when it’s safe to return to your usual activities.

Swelling will mostly subside within one week, revealing your results. Patients who have lower eyelid surgery won’t have any scarring, and upper eyelid surgery results only in a thin scar on the upper lid that, in most patients, nearly disappears in the months following the procedure.

After laser blepharoplasty at The Langdon Center, you can expect improvements such as:

  • Vibrant, youthful eyes
  • Smoother eye area with reduced wrinkles
  • Improved visual field (if upper lid sagging was impairing vision)
  • Reduced puffiness and under-eye bags
  • A more alert and energetic appearance

Your results will become visible as any swelling and bruising from the surgery fade in a week or two. The exact outcome will depend on your unique procedure, including whether you had an upper, lower, or combined eyelid lift. Typically, the results of blepharoplasty last many years. Blepharoplasty surgery is usually only needed once, although some patients may have an upper eyelid lift repeated to correct further signs of aging.

The best candidates for blepharoplasty are men and women who are physically healthy and have realistic expectations. Any individual who has bulges, bags, or drooping eyelids will see significant results after laser eyelid lift surgery.

Blepharoplasty is most common for patients over 40 but can be beneficial for younger patients as well. During your consultation, Dr. Langdon will discuss your goals and concerns, assess your eyes, and determine if you are a candidate. Some medical conditions and eye diseases may affect your eligibility for blepharoplasty. If you are not a candidate for surgery or prefer a less invasive option, Dr. Langdon may recommend non-surgical alternatives like fillers or laser skin resurfacing.

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To learn more about getting a Blepharoplasty or to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Langdon, please fill out the form on this page or call The Langdon Center at (203) 453-8625. We look forward to working with you! The Langdon Center serves patients in the Guilford & New Haven, CT areas.

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