Understanding Festoons and How to Treat Them

By Adam J. Scheiner, MD, Laser Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery

Posted on | By Adam J. Scheiner, MD

Laser Skin Resurfacing for Festoons: How It Works

Laser skin resurfacing, utilizing sophisticated Erbium:Yag (Er:Yag) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) lasers, has proven to be a preferred option for the treatment of festoons. This groundbreaking procedure takes advantage of creating a wound in the area of the festoon and coaxing the skin to heal this area with better quality skin.

By purposefully injuring the skin with just the right amount of injury, the skin can heal without any problems with scarring and, in fact, with better quality skin.

Treatment of festoons by modified resurfacing techniques can be accomplished in about 10 minutes per lid. In contrast, invasive surgical procedures are more time intensive and provide results which are often less than optimal.

Frequent follow-up appointments after the procedure are essential and allow for better management of the healing process as well as early recognition of complications. Having a doctor who is dedicated to postoperative laser skin healing care and detecting possible complications is critical to the clinical and aesthetic outcome.

When performed expertly, festoon reduction by modified laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment, which can greatly improve the overall aesthetic outcome in rejuvenation of the lower eyelid and cheek region. This is a powerful area for nonverbal communication since people are constantly looking at each other’s eyes in conversation. Improving these festoons can make a huge impact on the way the world perceives a person suffering with them.

Article written by Adam J. Scheiner, MD
Laser Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgeon