Southwest Eye Care and Laser doctors perform several cosmetic treatments in addition to their wide range of laser eye surgery. From rosacea treatment to blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, our doctors can help improve your appearance and boost your confidence. Many of our treatments both improve vision and eye health in addition to improving appearance.
Dr. Stainer: Here at Southwest Eye Care, we do a lot of upper and lower
eyelid surgery. We find that the upper eyelid surgery helps
relieve some of the obstruction that people notice in their side
vision. The lower eyelid surgery helps a lot of tearing problems
as people age.
The typical candidate for eyelid surgery is one who notices that
they're looking through their eyelids, notice shadow superiorly,
or they're just plain not seeing road signs when they drive.
Other people that are good candidates for eyelid surgery are our
patients with chronic tearing and bulging lower eyelids.
Female: I came to Southwest Eye Care because my eyesight's really
important to me. I wanted to get my eyelids lifted because I had
hooded eyes, which was blocking my peripheral vision. I'd asked
around to a lot of people; everyone was saying that Dr. Stainer,
he was the best at what he did, so I came in for a consultation.
He was very knowledgeable and he educated me on what he needed
to do to lift my eyelids. The procedure was great. It hardly
hurt at all afterwards; I was really surprised. I didn't have
much bruising or swelling, at all.
Dr. Stainer: Procedures performed at Millennium Surgery Center under
local anesthetic. Takes about 10 to 15 minutes to do each
eyelid. After about 30 minutes at the surgery center, patient
goes home, relaxes in their own environment, and puts ice on
their eyelids to relieve some of the swelling. Patients are very
happy with this procedure because it relieves that obstruction
and they notice a wider range in their peripheral vision.
Usually the recovery time is 3 to 5 days, and people are back to
work in that period of time. Typically, all the sutures are
removed within 10 days, and by 2 to 3 weeks of following the
procedure, most of their relatives, friends don't even know that
they had the procedure done. It's a very rewarding operation for
Female: Dr. Stainer was wonderful; great bedside manner. He was very
good about educating his patients on the procedure step-by-step.
I had a lot of faith in him.
Dr. Stainer: We used the Matrix Laser for treatment of acne rosacea
which is a very common condition of skin and eye. In fact, it
probably involves the eye more than it involves the facial skin.
The laser helps relieve the [inaudible: 02:44], improves the
glandular function, and leads to more moisture on the eyes. This
is a new breakthrough and is really helping a significant aspect
of our treatment for acne rosacea.
The laser works by restoring glandular function and improving
tear flow. We find that many patients have been very successful
with a laser, who have failed on different gels and different
antibiotic pills. The laser procedure takes usually about 10 to
15 minutes, and afterwards, the skin is erythematous, or red.
Within a few hours, usually about 4 to 6 hours, the redness goes
away and ladies can return to work tomorrow. No one will ever
know they had the procedure done.
Acne rosacea's a very under-diagnosed disease. People often will
see facial [inaudible: 03:39] involving their cheek, but they
don't realize that's the underpinning, or problem, with their
eyes. Sometimes they'll have very dry eyes and not realize that
the dry eye and the rosacea are linked together. By doing our
facial lasers, we're able to improve the dry eye to the point
where people don't need artificial tears. A laser has made many
patients with rosacea extremely happy. Sometimes it will take 2
to 3 treatments, but nothing achieves the results that laser
I think we're one of the few offices that do offer that
procedure to rosacea patients. Other offices may offer gels and
antibiotics. That may work for a short-term, but it doesn't work
for a long-term benefit. If people are interested in looking
into a matrix laser for acne rosacea, everything begins with an
appointment and a consultation.