How Laser Eyelid Surgery Works – On The Day Of the Procedure
One of the most common questions patients ask our clinic relates to the day of their procedure. Many patients are often concerned about their treatment, so they like to plan their treatment from beginning to end.
To make sure that patients can have better insight into their laser eyelid surgery, we have created an overview about important facts regarding laser eyelid surgery at The Dr Lanzer Clinic. So, if you want more info about laser eyelid surgery, read the information below.
What Are The Facilities Like At Dr Lanzer’s Malvern Clinic?
We do all of our procedures here in our clinic in Malvern. We have a state-of-the-art day surgery centre with a fully equipment theatre and experienced staff on hand to take care of you before, during, and after your laser eyelid surgery.
Cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving, so it is not uncommon for new treatments and devices to become available in Australia. In the past, The Dr Lanzer Clinic has been a pioneer in bringing new treatments to Australia. So, when you are looking for the latest treatments and cosmetic surgery facilities, you will find what you need at The Dr Lanzer Clinic.
What Will Happen On The Day Of The Procedure?
On the day of the procedure, you will be admitted through reception and then taken through to the pre-admission room where a nurse will complete your admission. Dr Lanzer will then consult with you and chat about the procedure. He will also answer any of your final questions. He will then take some photos of the treatment area for your file. He will also take a surgical marker and mark the area where skin or fat must be removed. Of course, this cannot be done on the lower lid as he does not remove any skin from this area. He will then take more photos for your file.
Our anaesthetist will then take you through to theatre and place you under a general anaesthetic. While you are asleep, Dr Lanzer will place some local anaesthetic into the upper lid and lower lid. The local anaesthetic helps to reduce bleeding by constricting blood vessels and provides you with a more comfort when you wake up. The cosmetic surgeon then places an eye shield in your eye to protect it from the laser.
For an upper surgery blepharoplasty, Dr Lanzer uses a specialised laser to make the incision on the skin of the upper eyelid and combines this with using a diathermy to cauterise superficial blood vessels and remove excess skin or fat. Once done, he will bring the skin back together using a small running suture and glue, both of which are removed one-week post-surgery.
For the lower blepharoplasty, Dr Lanzer flips the lower lid forward, places an eye shield in position and makes an incision with the laser to remove the excess fat. Once done, he flips the lid back up. There is no need for sutures or glue.
Can I Talk To Someone Before I Come In For My Procedure?
The comfort of our patients is paramount. We understand that many patients can feel nervous about their cosmetic surgery, so our medical team does everything in its power to make patients feel comfortable.
One of the ways we provide patients with more information before their surgical procedure is through our website. We provide detailed information about each of the procedures available at our clinic. We also make sure we answer some commonly asked questions, which could help put a patient’s mind at ease; this may relate to anything from recovery times to how to treat the bruising and swelling that can be experienced after the treatment.
Do you feel particularly nervous about your procedure? If so, please contact The Dr Lanzer Clinic and speak to a friendly member of our team. We understand that a procedure can cause some anxiety, so never hesitate to contact us if you have worries or concerns.
If you feel anxious on the day of your procedure, be sure to mention this at our reception desk. Your comfort is important to us. If our staff is informed about your anxiety, they will do everything they can to put you at ease.
Should I Get Someone To Drive Me Home?
Once you had your surgery at our day surgery centre, we advise that someone drives you home. If you had a general anaesthetic, you can feel a little drowsy and faint, so it is not advised to drive whatsoever.
Patients should also have someone at their side for the first 24-48 hours after their procedure. While complications are unlikely, patients can be a little faint or dizzy after the general anaesthetic. Therefore, having someone to keep an eye on you for a short time post-surgery can be beneficial.
Can I Combine Laser Skin Resurfacing With Eyelid Surgery?
It is possible to combine laser resurfacing with the blepharoplasty. During the blepharoplasty, the surgeon will remove excess skin and excess fat from the eye region to open and rejuvenate a patient’s appearance. However, the laser resurfacing treatment can also smoothen out wrinkles and reduce any abnormalities. A cosmetic surgeon can use a CO2 laser for this procedure, but also an erbium laser. Evidently, post-operative guidelines will be slightly different if you had laser resurfacing too.
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Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
All photographs represent one person's experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.
Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up.