Laser Blepharoplasty Vs. Surgery
- Asked by katya in Cincinatti
- 4 years ago
I want to have Blepharoplasty for the upper and lower eyelids. I have 2 choices of technique: by laser or by scalpel. Which one is better and last longer?
Laser vs. Scalpel for Blepharoplasty
A laser can be used as a cutting tool just like a scalpel. A laser placed in the wrong hands can produce major problems, but in the proper hands can be safely used as a tool in blepharoplasty. Therefore, one is not necessarily better than the other. Lasers seem elegant to the general public and are generally marketing ploys to attract patients for blepharoplasty (and other) surgery. The experience of the surgeon is a more important factor in surgery than the tool employed!
Laser vs. Scalpel: It's the Surgeon's Skill That Matters Most
It is rare that either laser or scalpel will have special advantage in Blepharoplasty: this has been studied widely and there is no appreciable difference in quality of results or recovery time, even though there have been claims that seem to indicate otherwise.
The skill (and therefore, the preference) of your surgeon is what matters most in assuring you the best possible results.
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Laser surgery can heal with faster recovery
I have been using the CO2 laser for eyelid surgery since 1992. It coagulates as it cuts, and so there is definitely less bruising after surgery. Studies have shown less bruising and faster recovery, but an equal outcome after the passage of time. I think doctors who feel that laser surgery is no better than scalpel surgery should not give an opinion if they have not had experience with both modalities. I have done both, and still do scalpel surgery when teaching the residents how to do eyelid surgery at hospitals that do not have a CO2 laser. I would not go back to scalpel surgery unless I had to. I find the surgery much more simple and elegant, with better visualization of what I am doing, and a faster recovery with less bruising. There is essentially NO laser-related complication when the surgeon is used to using this tool.
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Laser Blepharoplasty Vs. Surgery
A good Blepharoplasty can be performed using the laser or scalpel. There are also other instruments that can be used like an Ellman unit or Colorado needle. The ultimate goal is to get the best result with the least amount of bleeding and swelling. The most important factor is your surgeon. Your surgeon probably has tried multiple techniques and uses the one that gives him the best results with the least complications. Ultimately, your surgeon needs to make that decision.
Results from "Laser" blepharoplasty is the same as scalpel.
Blepharoplasty has the same reults whether done with laser or scalpel as the "cutting" instrument. The technique your surgeon has the most experirnce with will probably give the best results.
Laser is a tool, just like the scalpel
A laser is simply a surgical tool. It is used to cut skin and coagulate blood vessels. Both can be done with various surgical instruments (scalpel or laser) equally well. It really depends on the type of tools your surgeon prefers to use. I would make your decision about which surgeon to choose based on which one you feel understands your goals and most specializes in this type of surgery. Ask to see before and after photos and speak to friends who have had the procedures, before you make your decision.
No difference between laser and scalpel for blepharoplasty
The idea of using a laser instead of a scalpel for blepharoplasty has been around for at least 15 years, and no real benefits have been convincingly demonstrated with the laser. There are a number of uses for lasers that do justify the additional expense, but this probably isn't one of them.
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Both Laser Blepharoplasty & Traditional Blepharoplasty are Great Options and Not One is Better Than the Other
The laser and scalpel are both surgical instruments which can be used to perform blepharoplasty. The blepharoplasty is done the same way, whether the scalpel or laser is used. There’s no long term data to indicate one is better than the other.
More important then the surgical instrument utilized, is the surgeon’s personal experience with whatever instrument he or she prefers. When considering blepharoplasty it’s important to consider the surgeons experience and reputation. Make sure you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Laser vs Scalpel - Depends on how it is being used
If a surgeon is planning to use the laser as a knife (for cutting skin in the same fashion as a scalpel), then the only difference between the techniques is the marketing tactic being used. Both the laser and the knife will get the job done. The longevity of the procedure depends on how the anatomy is re-arranged, and how your skin ages. (So avoid sun exposure and don't smoke if you want to have it last longer!) Lasers burn the tissue slightly, so they automatically coagulate vessels and this is pushed as a benefit to having "less bruising". It is more theoretical than practical. You defiantly see more swelling when a laser is used due to the thermal injury.
If the laser is being used for skin resurfacing, then it is a totally different technique that cannot fairly be compared with purely surgical techniques. Laser resurfacing should be compared with chemical resurfacing (TCA peels), and the differences then come down to the experience of the surgeon with each technique.
If you have fine skin wrinkles on the lower lid far away from your eyelash margin, the resurfacing route will likely be superior for you. If you have corse wrinkles, then the surgical technique will be more effective. Ask your surgeons more questions about their plans. See if the laser proponent is using it as a tool to accomplish a specific task, or a marketing technique to make themselves look more high-tech.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.