What Is Laser Eyelid Rejuvenation?

Q: Hello! Do you perform the laser eyelid rejuvenation procedure? I am 48 and have eye hooding and really don’t want to have the surgery at this time. I have read that there is laser treatment that is quite successful. Thank you for your help!

A: I am not aware of any laser eyelid procedure that does not involve making incisions to do a blepharoplasty or eyelid tuck. The term ‘laser eyelid rejuvenation’ may suggest that there is some type of a laser which magically tightens eyelid skin without surgery, but that is not the case. When eyelid hooding exists, the only known effective treatment is actual skin removal. When upper blepharoplasties are done alone, they can be performed under local anesthesia and, in some cases, may even be done in an office setting. Mini-blepharoplasties exist using a pinch technique which is also an office procedure done under local anesthesia. Given the effectiveness of even these more limited skin removal procedures, any non-surgical approaches have never yet been developed that remotely compares.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana