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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

    The good news: With early detection, melanoma has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Schedule a free skin cancer screening today.

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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Laser Resurfacing for Droopy Eyelids

 

Treatment Options

 
 

Learn more about the treatment option available 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

Estimated cost

The average cost for a laser resurfacing therapy is about $3,925. Since most medical insurance companies consider laser resurfacing therapy a cosmetic procedure, it is usually not covered.

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

 

Find a doctor for your laser resurfacing procedure

Visit "Find a dermatologic surgeon" and choose "Laser Resurfacing" from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 152,000 laser resurfacing procedures, up from 82,000 in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient's condition.

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