Are you concerned about dark rings under the eyes, wrinkled and loose skin of the upper and lower eyelids?Are your eyebrows beginning to droop and make you look sad all the time? Westside Head and Neck offers a minimally invasive eye lift using the latest fractional laser resurfacing technology. This procedure, pioneered by Dr. Bruce Katz in New York, is safe and effective with minimal downtime. It takes away dark rings and wrinkles, tightens upper and lower eyelid skin and helps to elevate drooping eyebrows. It has many of the same benefits of a surgical eyelift without the risks and downtime.
With fractional laser resurfacing, the laser beam is broken into microscopic columns of laser light. When the beams strike, they leave normal surrounding skin areas intact so the outcome is very quick healing. These columns of laser light take away (or ablate) old, damaged collagen and elastic fibers so that new fresh tissue can grow into these channels. As this occurs, wrinkles and pigmentation are removed, skin tightens and the eyelids are rejuvenated. A recent study in over 300 patients showed consistent and very impressive results.
How does the Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing work?
It works by utilizing a new fractional CO2 laser technology. Laser beam-like columns are created in the skin while leaving surrounding tissue intact. These beams eradicate damaged collagen and elastic fibers so that fresh skin with renewed elasticity can grow back in its place. Because only a “fraction” of the skin is affected, healing is very quick and virtually painless. Therefore, it mimics the results previously realized only through eyelid surgery, without the risks and downtime! Most people are a little red and puffy for a day or two. However, one can apply make-up right after the treatment to hide redness.
Metal eye shields are used during the procedure so there is no risk of injury to the eyes. Only a numbing cream is applied to the eyelids for anesthesia and three to five sessions are recommended at 2-3 week intervals.
How do I know if I’m a candidate?
If you have wrinkles around the eyes, loose eyelid skin, crow’s feet, dark circles or drooping eyebrows, you are a candidate. There are many factors that affect the condition of your skin around the eyes, including sun exposure, skin products used, and aging. As with some laser treatments, people with darker skin worry about the possibility of hyper-pigmentation. In most cases Fractional CO2 treatments work very well on darker skin. However, to be on the safe side, we do a test spot in the eyelid area first to be sure there is no change in pigmentation.
How long do the effects last?
As new collagen is produced, we expect the results to last for several years, at the very least. Botox can be injected after the initial eye lift treatment to help prolong the results.