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What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

Did you know that eyelid surgery isn’t just for cosmetic purposes? While many patients undergo this type of surgery to have double eyelids, there are also those who have functional problems that necessitate the need to undergo eyelid surgery, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD. For eyelid surgery, one example of a functional need for it is to remove loose or sagging skin that may be impairing a patient’s vision.

The Steps for Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Regardless of purpose or intent to undergo eyelid surgery, the procedure is more or less the same. Dr. Alton Ingram MD shares that patients must first determine whether they are a candidate for the procedure. In general, the best candidates for eyelid surgery should be healthy individuals, non-smokers, have realistic expectations, and do not have any serious eye conditions. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to consult your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy and determine the best course of action for your concerns or goals.

On the day of the procedure, the surgeon will first administer anesthesia, which can either be general anesthesia or through intravenous sedation.

Next, the surgeon will make an incision on the natural creases of the eyelid. Depending on the goal of the surgery, the surgeon may remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles, or remove excess skin, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD.

After that the surgeon will now close the incision. Because it’s done on the natural creases of the eyelid, the resultant scars will be well-concealed. In general, it takes a week before the sutures can be removed.

Finally, patients are given post-procedure care instructions by their surgeon as they may experience bruising and swelling during the recovery period.

This is a general outline of the steps in an eyelid surgery procedure.

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5 Things You Need to Know about CO2 Skin Resurfacing

Laser treatments are designed to help manage various skin conditions and improve the skin’s surface quality. If you're interested in reducing the signs of aging and improving the appearance of scars, read on for more information about our CO2 laser treatment.

At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we pride ourselves in providing our patients with quality care. One way we do this by offering the latest treatments so our patients experience incredible results. Laser treatments have made several advancements over the years, but many people have yet to experience them.

Laser treatments are designed to help manage various skin conditions and improve the skin’s surface quality. If you’re interested in reducing the signs of aging and improving the appearance of scars, read on for more information about our CO2 laser treatment.

1.When to Get a Laser Treatment

The time of year you schedule a laser treatment is important because when your skin comes into contact with a laser, it becomes more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays. Getting your laser treatments in the fall ensures your skin will have limited exposure to the sun because you spend more time indoors. It’s also recommended that you wear SPF 30 after the procedure, regardless the time of year.

2. Choose a Highly-trained Physician for the Best Results

Laser resurfacing is a safe way to reduce scarring and improve skin tone. However, you don’t want to trust just anyone. Choose a professional who is knowledgeable about the process to ensure your results will be a dramatic improvement.  Working with someone who is poorly trained could result in unnecessary pain and damage to the skin. When choosing a doctor, only consider working with someone who is board certified.

3. Medications Can Affect Results

Transparency about health issues or conditions is the best way to ensure you get the most from your CO2 laser treatment. Particular medications and supplements can have an impact on how you recover.

Acne medications that contain Accutane can cause your skin to heal poorly and encourage scarring. Regular use of aspirin can cause excess bleeding post procedure. Conditions like recurring cold sores are worth mentioning because it’s possible that you might experience a breakout. Diabetes and other chronic conditions should be addressed so your doctor can analyze how they might affect your results or healing capabilities.

4. Your Skin May or May Not be Tender

Everyone will experience a different sensation while undergoing a laser treatment. However, most doctors and patients compare it to a rubber band snapping against the skin. The CO2 laser penetrates the skin on a much deeper level than other lasers. When you are meeting with your physician at your consultation, you can discuss ways to minimize discomfort.

5. A CO2 laser has Different Advantages than Other Lasers

Not all lasers are created equal. A CO2 laser penetrates the epidermis more deeply. It has the capabilities to:

Resurface Skin

The CO2 will gently vaporize the outer layer of the skin, reducing and in some instances eliminating sun-damage and acne scarring. It can also blend out fine lines and wrinkles to reveal smooth, fresh skin. The precision of the laser also gives your physician control over the application. You should see amazing results in just four to six weeks.

Rejuvenate Hands

Many times, our hands will give away our age before our face does. CO2 laser treatments can help achieve smoother, younger looking skin in just a few visits. By combining the laser with other effective treatments, such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion, you can effectively remove sun spots, wrinkles, or other blemishes to restore volume and create a youthful appearance.

Feminine Rejuvenation

Feminine rejuvenation is an excellent option for women who have given birth or are experiencing incontinence. The CO2 laser safely tightens and strengthens, while stimulating the production of collagen. As the new skin cells formulate, the tissue will become smoother and healthier. The treatment can also help stop unwanted secretions, increase blood flow, and sensitivity.

Discover more benefits of the CO2 laser by booking an appointment with one of our highly-trained physicians by calling 615-329-3900.

Your Guide to Flawless Summer Skin

Your Guide to Flawless Summer Skin

Summer is here and that means many of us spend more time outside than in, due to our constant activities or vacations. During these months, many women choose to wear less makeup as they lounge by the pool or relax at the beach. If you are looking for ways to improve the appearance of your skin so you can feel more confident going au naturel too, we’ve highlighted some of the best treatments at Marvel Cosmetic Surgery.

Hyaluronic Enhancer

Hyaluronic acid is an amazing product that makes your skin look younger, fresher, and more subtle. Overall, it’s a skincare superstar and is found naturally in your body. Although the name says acid, it’s not. It’s actually a sugar molecule found in the body that holds almost a thousand times its weight in water. The result is plumper, fresher looking skin. As a facial treatment, it has the ability to smooth out skin and add volume. If you’re looking to obtain natural, dewy skin Hyaluronic Enhancer is a fantastic option.


Combating fine lines and wrinkles is possible with Botox. Botox is derived from neurotoxins that relax facial muscles. The process encourages patients to limit movements that enhance age lines like furrowing or frowning. What it does not do is add volume to the skin. Instead, it focuses on eliminating wrinkles cosmetically around the eyebrows, mouth, and forehead. The results provide patients with a more youthful complexion.

O2 Lift

An interest in a spa-like experience is completed with the O2 Lift Facial. This facial is a multi-step treatment that infuses oxygen, stem cells, peptides, and a high concentration of botanicals that are designed to exfoliate, illuminate, and oxygenate. The process is safe and great for all skin types. The products used are free from acid and sulfates and work to balance out the skin’s pH leaving you with nothing to the softest and most radiant skin.


Fillers are similar to Botox as they are injected into different areas of the face. But while Botox eliminates lines by relaxing the muscles, fillers work to add volume to the skin. The perfect candidate for fillers will have a noticeable loss of volume around the mouth, eyes, jaw, and cheeks. There are a variety of fillers available that provide patients with the youthful, glowing skin they desire. The best part is the utilization of Hyaluronic Acid. Because it’s naturally found in the body, these fillers will work well with almost everyone.

Intense Pulse Light Facial Rejuvenation (IPL)

IPL Facials are designed to improve the appearance of photo-aged skin on both the face and body. It treats broken capillaries and age spots for a smoother looking skin. Additionally, it can reduce the appearance of redness, correct skin pigmentation and irregularities. The treatment uses emissions from high-intensity lasers to treat deep within the dermis. These lasers are filled with plasma and destroy skin cells that may be damaged. It will also induce a natural healing process.


Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment that eliminates dead skin cells but stimulates cell growth. Many patients use it to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, large pores, and other imperfections. It’s a non-invasive procedure which means there are no incisions or scarring. Microdermabrasion is perfect for anyone who is looking to get rid of age spots, sun damage, acne, scares, or hyper-pigmentation. By exfoliating the skin and stimulating collagen production, your skin looks healthier and more rejuvenated.

Protecting Your Skin

The best way to protect your skin is to use sunscreen every day to reduce the chances of getting sun damage or wrinkles. You should apply it under your makeup and wear it regardless of how much sun you plan on getting that day. Even when you drive or sit next to your office window, you are subjecting your face’s delicate cells to UVA and UVB lights that in high doses accelerate aging and sometimes cause cancer.

Additionally, never underestimate the power of water. Your 8 glasses a day are a natural way to remove toxins from your body that can cause your skin to look dull. Try to swap your cokes and coffee with a glass of water as often as you can to keep skin looking youthful.

For more information about the procedures or to book an appointment, call 615-329-3900 today!

Neck Lift — Aging Combination Procedure

Neck Lift as part of a combination procedure.Many people who seek to gain a younger-looking appearance overlook one of the most visible areas on our body, an area that also happens to be an obvious giveaway for our true age. Though the face is often given the most care and attention, the neck is a delicate area of skin that tends to show our age more clearly than most other places on our body. The neck lift procedure is designed to combat wrinkles, sagging and excess fat in this region in order to complete your youthful presentation.

A neck lift is typically performed as an outpatient combination procedure. The operation itself should take about an hour but could vary depending on the extent of the lift and whether it will be performed in combination with another procedure. Most patients can expect to be discharged home on the same day as the surgery. It’s important that they arrange for a ride home because driving will not be an option.

For more details about the neck lift, contact the Nashville office of Dr. Jeffrey Marvel 19to set up a personal consultation. There, any questions and concerns will be addressed in full.