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Is there a difference in recovery process for laser vs surgical blepharoplasty?

If you are looking for a way to counteract the tired appearance of your eyes, you may want to consider blepharoplasty to rejuvenate and refresh them. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery),has traditionally been performed using a scalpel, but cutting edge lasers, such as the CO2 laser are now being used to make the incisions. But is there a difference in the recovery process for laser vs blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is very beneficial for individuals with heavy upper eyelids, or lower eyelid ‘bags.’ The procedure involves the removal of excess skin on the upper eyelids, as well as fat from the lower eyelids. Surgery can be done on either the upper or lower eyelids, or on both.

Recovery after laser vs surgical blepharoplasty
Recovery time varies among patients, some people are back to normal in 3-4 days, while it can take up to 3 weeks for others.

With laser blepharoplasty, most patients typically have some swelling for the first 7 days. There may also be some bruising and redness that may take longer to clear, but this should settle within 2 weeks. During this time you can look very normal with a little bit of makeup.

The recovery time for surgical blepharoplasty is about the same, although there is usually more swelling with this operation.

Recovery after eyelid surgerydepends not so much on the  method used, as it does on the skill of the surgeon. In the proper hands, tools like the CO2 laser can be used effectively and safelyto produce excellent results.

If you live in the greater Guilford, Connecticut area, contact Langdon Plastic Surgery, for more information about laser vs surgical blepharoplasty. Call 844-551-9880 today, and book an appointment with board certified cosmetic surgeon Robert Langdon, MD.

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