Eyelid tightening by CO2 fractional laser, alternative to blepharoplasty

Dermatol Surg. 2014 Dec;40 Suppl 12:S137-41. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000000165.


Background: Multiple approaches to achieve eyelid tightening have been introduced over the years. However, a solid foundation of knowledge as to the origins of the aging appearance is paramount to target the specific causes of this natural phenomenon.

Objective: This review aims to touch upon the diverse modalities used to achieve the best therapeutic approach for eyelid tightening.

Materials and methods: A review of published articles on eyelid tightening using blepharoplasty and lasers was conducted. This information combined with an illustrative case example is presented.

Results: Although multiple treatment options exist, there are advantages and disadvantages for each.

Conclusion: Understanding the cause of the aging periorbital area with appropriate application of the various treatment options available will lead to a natural and youthful appearing result. Fractional ablative CO2 laser remains an excellent alternative to traditional blepharoplasty.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blepharoplasty / methods*
  • Eyelids*
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Lasers, Gas / therapeutic use*
  • Skin Aging / pathology*
  • Skin Aging / radiation effects*