Laser Resurfacing for Droopy Eyelids

Laser resurfacing removes old skin cells in order to reveal newer, more youthful cells. Since the technique uses a laser, an ASDS dermatologist has precise control over the depth of treatment, lessening complications to surrounding tissue. During the procedure:

  • Patients may hear some minor popping or snapping as the outer skin layers are removed.
  • Some patients experience a sensation of heat but no significant discomfort.
  • Chilled air is blown on the skin during the procedure.

Why choose laser resurfacing for droopy eyelids

Laser resurfacing can provide dramatic results. It also heats the layers underneath to promote collagen production, which stimulates skin in the treatment area to heal in a smoother, more even appearance.

Possible risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Crusting
  • Discoloration
  • Infection

How to prepare for the procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the patient's medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure.

  • An antibiotic or antiviral medication is sometimes prescribed prior to the procedure
  • A topical or local anesthesia will be applied to the treatment area.
  • The eyes are protected using metal shields.

What to expect after the procedure

  • Swelling
  • Mild bruising or crusting
  • Redness for several weeks