What is the LightScalpel CO2 Laser?
Since its inception in the 1960's, the carbon dioxide laser has become a popular method for minimally invasive soft tissue surgery.
The LightScalpel CO2 laser is a device that produces a concentrated beam of light. The highly focused CO2 laser beam vaporizes, cleanly and precisely, while sealing blood vessels at the same time. It replaces the use of the standard scalpel during eyelid procedures.
Is it safe?
When used according to accepted guidelines and by a licensed practitioner, the laser is as safe as any other surgical instrument.
What are the advantages of using the LightScalpel CO2 Laser?
Less bleeding - The laser seals off small blood vessels as it cuts, reducing bleeding and this also gives the surgeon better visualization of the surgical site.
Less swelling - There is reduced trauma to the tissues as the laser's light is the only contact. There is no tearing or bruising of the tissue and blood/lymphatic vessels are sealed off, leaving behind less post-operative swelling.
Less invasive - The laser allows ultra precision cutting with pin-point accuracy. The LightScalpel's wavelength even allows the selective removal of only a few cells at a time, if needed.
Less discomfort - Minimized swelling and bleeding means less pressure on the surrounding tissues, reducing post-operative discomfort.
Less infection risk - The high intensity light destroys
Less time - Due to the reduced bleeding during surgery, the procedure time is a lot quicker. No need to control bleeding manually and your surgeon will have better visualization.
What procedures are done using the laser?
Most eyelid procedures can be done using this specialized surgical laser. During your consultation you will be given the option of whether you would like Dr. Ashenhurst to use it or not for your surgery. Alberta Health Care considers this a cosmetic enhancement and not an absolute necessity, therefore it is not covered. The cost of laser augmentation is $400+gst and would be payable one week prior to surgery.