Traditional & Laser Eyelid Surgery
Traditional & Laser Eyelid Procedures In Bellevue and Seattle
When it comes to your eyes, seek a surgeon with experience you can trust. As an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, Dr. Stern has been a Northwest leader in state-of-the-art cosmetic eyelid and facial laser procedures since 1987, and is one of the most experienced eyelid surgeons in the Puget Sound area.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Droopy, sagging upper lids and puffy lower lids can make you look tired and older than you really are. A blepharoplasty, commonly known as an “eyelid lift,” is a surgical procedure in which the excess skin of the upper lids, or the puffy bags of the lower lids are removed, resulting in a fresher, more youthful appearance.
Traditional Eyelid Surgery or Laser?
For a mild to moderate amount of excess skin, a simple laser treatment of the upper eyelids without any incisions or stitches may be all that is required. For those with heavy or droopy upper eyelids, eyelid surgery utilizing an incision may be necessary to remove the excess skin and fat, giving your eyes a more open, brighter appearance.
With the heaviness gone, not only should you look less tired, but many of our patients feel as though they see more of their field of vision as well.
For puffy lower eyelids, depending upon your specific condition, Dr. Stern often utilizes the laser using an innovative “sutureless” technique.
No Telltale Scars
Dr. Stern uses the laser to make an incision from the inside of the eyelid, removing the fat pockets that form the bags of the lower lids. Loose skin and wrinkles of the lower lids and crows feet may be treated with the laser as well, to smooth and tighten the skin.
The lids generally heal much more quickly than the traditional method without any telltale scars, and with less bruising and swelling.
This may enable you to return to work and normal activities much more quickly. Most important, the aging, puffy, tired appearance disappears and your eyes appear refreshed with youth and vitality!
In general, most eyelid surgeries take about one to two hours, and are performed on an outpatient basis, in our state-of-the-art, JCAHO-certified procedure room, ensuring your safety, comfort and convenience.
What is the Eyelid Surgery Procedure Like at The Stern Center?
Dr. Stern has been a Northwest leader in state-of-the-art cosmetic eyelid and facial laser procedures since 1987 and is one of the most experienced eyelid surgeons in the Puget Sound area. Dr. Stern specializes in both upper eyelid surgery and sutureless lower eyelid surgery using the laser, performed in our office surgery center. The procedure takes about an hour and most patients recover well enough to return to work and normal activities in about 10 days.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Droopy upper eyelids and puffy lower eyelids can occur at any age during adulthood, but commonly worsen with age. Many of our patients mention their friends, family or co-workers constantly tell them they “look tired.” Most make the decision to have eyelid surgery when their eyes look or feel tired or heavy enough that they notice the problem when they look in the mirror or in photographs and simply want to look more rested and youthful.