“My eyes make me look tired. Is there something you can do to help?”
Does this sound like you? Drooping eyelids, dark circles and crows feet are dreaded signs of aging that can make you look older, tired and unhappy. There’s good news, though. There are many treatments for tired, aging eyes – both surgical and non-surgical.
Non-Surgical Eye Rejuvenation
Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®
BOTOX® is one of the most popular in-office, non-surgical treatments for tired eyes. Similar treatments with the same active ingredient as Botox are Xeomin® and Dysport®.
Each of these works the same way:
- Softening the lines and “crow’s feet” around the eyes
- Effect of “opening” the eyes and eyebrows
- Reducing heaviness between the eyebrows
With a simple, 10-minute Botox treatment, you can achieve a softer, more refreshed look. Results typically last three to four months.
Botox Before & After
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Injectable fillers are another popular in-office nonsurgical tx for improvement of volume loss and hollowness of the lower eyelids and upper cheeks.
Restylane® and Belatero® are two of the most common injectable fillers for the lower eyelid tear trough area. These can be used to add volume to the depression in the tear trough in a quick ten minute office visit.
Mid facial volume fillers such as Voluma® and Radiesse® can be used to give the cheeks and lower eyelid complex a lifted type appearance. Volumizing the mid face has a wonderful effect on the appearance of the lower eyelid as well.
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Laser Eyelid Rejuvenation
Laser skin rejuvenation can be extraordinarily helpful for improving the appearance of your eyes.
Laser skin resurfacing, such as Lumenis Ultra Pulse Encore CO2 laser, works in a very effective one time treatment for firming and tightening the skin around the eyes. This removes fine lines and wrinkles, sun damaged skin and firmness of the upper cheek. Laser treatment can be used alone or in combination with other treatments.
Lasers work by gently removing the superficial layer of the skin, allowing the old sun damaged skin to peel and be replaced by new healthy skin with renewed collagen.
Treatments are usually performed under local anesthesia or a light IV sedation and require about one week of downtime. Once this procedure is performed, it doesn’t not have to be repeated for many years.
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Surgical Eyelid Rejuvenation
If you have more significant drooping of the eyelids and brows, the best solution may be blepharoplasty. This is a permanent correction of sagging skin around the eyes. Dr. Sandel is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, he will design a treatment plan to give you a natural looking result.
Eyelid Surgery Before & After Photos
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Surgical eyelid rejuvenation is indicated for redundant skin of the upper and lower eyelids and puffiness in the eyelids that cannot be removed by skin tightening procedures alone. The only way to lift the upper eyelid and remove redundant skin is with a simple surgical procedure called a blepharoplasty.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
In this procedure, a small amount of redundant skin is removed using a small incision placed in the crease, well hidden in the upper eyelid.
At the same time, if there is any puffiness in the eyelid, this can be taken care of as well. This puffiness is caused by fat that is herniating into the eyelid from around the eyeball. There is a thin layer of tissue that holds this fat in place. As we get older, this thin tissue breaks down and the fat starts to pooch out into the eyelid. When a small incision is made for blepharoplasty procedures, this small amount of fat is exposed and can be removed at the same time.
Removing the redundant skin and removing the fullness from the fat that’s exposed in the eyelid can produce a wonderfully natural, healthy, rejuvenated eyelid appearance with very minimal to no scarring.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
The lower eyelid is approached the same way. Most people have concerns about puffiness or bags in the lower eyelids. This is caused by fat that is herniating out into the eyelids as well.
In order to correct this, a small incision is placed in the small skin crease, right beneath the lower eyelid lashes. This allows access to remove the puffiness caused by fat, as well to lift and smooth out any redundant lower eyelid skin.
The small incision fades away beautifully with time and creates a very natural appearance without pulling or reshaping the eyes as a whole. The overall result is beautiful and natural and can last for many years.
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