Plastic surgeons are using a different approach to eyelid surgery: transconjunctival blepharoplasty, or no-scar laser eyelid surgery. Unlike traditional surgery that may take a long time to heal, this procedure allows patients to return to work in 7 to 10 days.

During transconjunctival blepharoplasty, the surgeon pulls the lower lid forward and makes a tiny incision inside it. Next, excess fat is removed using fine forceps. There is minimal bleeding, and the incision does not need to be closed with sutures. The site generally heals within 48 hours.

According to Michael Omidi, MD, the procedure does not remove excess skin. However, surgeons can use a laser to resurface the outer skin and eliminate the appearance of wrinkles.

Side effects of the scarless approach include pain, swelling, bruising, eye dryness, burning, itching, sensitivity to light, and temporary vision problems. It can take patients 2 to 3 days to be able to read comfortably.