When we are born, our skin is smooth and soft. As the years pass, our skin tone changes. We begin to notice that the skin is loose and wrinkles begin to form. In the eyelid area, this causes the appearance of “tired eyes” or "droopy eyelids". Many people look in the mirror and say "I feel twenty years younger than I look".
Laser Eyelid Surgery can address many of the problems caused by early aging. There are several new techniques available for freshening the area around your eyes. Laser Eyelid Surgery can remove excess skin, remove bulging fatty pouches below the eyes, and erase some of the wrinkles that have formed. If the excess skin or drooping lids block your vision, the eye lid surgery is often covered by your medical insurance, including Medicare.
Dr. Zane Lazer has a special interest in Laser Eyelid Surgery. He is one of only a few surgeons in Ohio or West Virginia that uses a CO2 laser to perform eye lid surgery. Using a LASER for surgery typically results in a lot less bleeding and bruising compared to surgery with a metal scalpel. If you are interested in improving your appearance or fixing dooping lids that block your vision, make an appointment with Dr. Zane Lazer to discuss surgical options and see if you may be a candidate to have your insurance cover the surgery.
What procedures are available?
Technology changes quickly, and the doctors at The Eye MDs are dedicated to bringing the latest, safest techniques to the Ohio Valley. The following techniques are a few of the possibilities available to you.
Removal of excess skin and fat from the eyelids using the laser. The laser beam makes the incision and seals the blood vessels for a quicker recovery with less bruising. The incisions are closed with tiny stitches that are removed in about five days.
Ptosis is a drooping eye lid. It is most often an age related change where the muscle that lifts the upper lid slips further back and loses the ability to fully lift the eye lid. A repair of this ptosis involves repositioning the muscle to its proper position so it can once again function well to lift the lid. Dr. Zane Lazer has a special interest in ptosis repair. It is often done in conjuction with a blepharoplasty procedure (above) that removes excessive drooping eye lid skin.
Cosmetic Procedures That Also Improve Your Eye Lid Appearance
Softening of crow’s feet and worry wrinkles can be achieved with a tiny injection of medicine. Botox relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles with movement of the face. This is often combined with other eyelid surgery. The treatment is usually repeated several times per year.
Juvederm is a filler that can be injected under the skin to reduce creases in the face. Check out this interactive slideshow for real before and after results.
Talking with your doctor
During your visit to The Eye MDs, please mention to your doctor that you may be interested in Laser Eyelid Surgery. He can discuss the techniques that may be helpful for your problem and he can discuss your expectations with you.
How long is the recovery time?
Recovery time can vary based on your medical health and age. Eye Lid Surgery usually takes two to four weeks to recover. Patients who choose Laser Blepharoplasty can usually return to work after one week without feeling excessively swollen. Other cosmetic procedures, such as patients having only Botox or Juvederm treatment can expect to return to work immediately with a minimum of discomfort or bruising.
Many eye lid surgeries are covered by Medicare and private insurance, particularly if the eye lid problem affects the vision. Yet some services are considered cosmetic and not often covered (e.g., Botox, Juvederm injections, lower lid surgery). For cosmetic procedures that are not covered by insurance, you can use your Health Care Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account to help cover the cost. Tthis saves you money by using pretax dollars. Additionally, financing can often be arranged for those who qualify by Care Credit. Contact us today to learn more about payment options.