Blepharoplasty may be performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids to lift drooping lids or improve sagging or baggy lower eyelids, making the eyes appear brighter, fresher, and more alert. The CO2 laser has revolutionized blepharoplasty "eye lift" surgery. When used to perform upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the laser is used to cut the skin of the upper eyelid so that the excess may be removed. The laser produces less postoperative swelling and bruising, allowing patients a quicker return to work or social activities. The laser skin incisions are hidden within the natural crease present in the upper eyelid and, in the majority of cases, heal without a visible scar. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is generally performed from the inside of the eyelid so that a skin incision may be avoided. The laser is used to remove the unsightly "bags" in a quick procedure that does not require stitches. The skin of the lower eyelid and/or face may be resurfaced during the same session.
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