Wrinkles and sagging skin near the eye area are a result of natural degradation from aging. The degradation of our bodies as we age affects our muscles and skin – the muscles weaken and the skin loses collagen and elasticity. The skin near the eye is extremely thin and, as the muscles in this area decrease in strength from age, noticeable drooping occurs. Surgically removing this excess skin comes with worrisome complications and does nothing to rejuvenate or improve the health of the skin. There are now non-invasive options available that are safer, more affordable and effective in restoring a youthful appearance to the eye and eyebrow area.
What is a Non-Surgical Eye/Eyebrow lift?
Non-Surgical Eye/Eyebrow lifts are minimally invasive procedures—meaning they require no large incisions in the skin and are performed with local or topical anesthesia. There is minimal downtime, minimal cost, and no hospital stay. At the MedSpot, Dr. Reyes and her team specialize in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation using Botox, Dermal Fillers, the PDO Thread Lift, the E Two Sublime and the CO2 (CO2RETM) laser treatment. These treatments, tailored to satisfy individual needs, can be used alone or in conjunction to refresh the eye area.
How it works:
When injected into the muscles that pull the eyebrow area down (depressor muscles), Botox suppresses the muscles’ function and as such, allows the muscles that pull the brow up (elevator muscles) to function without opposition. As a result, the brow is lifted, the skin is smoothed and the droopy, tired appearance is alleviated. To learn more about how Botox works for facial revitalization see link to other entry
Am I right for it?
Anyone looking for a minimally invasive eye lift can benefit from Botox but some people are more receptive than others. Unlike surgery, Botox is temporary, lasting three to six months, and the results are more subtle. Patients looking to soften crow’s feet or vertical brow lines will see excellent results. As the leading specialist in Botox in Woodland Hills and West Hills, Dr. Reyes will help you to decide if this procedure is right for you. Come into The MedSpot for a free consultation and more information about this procedure.
Dermal Fillers for Non Surgical Eye/Eyebrow Lifts:
Dermal fillers have proven to be extremely effective for adding volume to areas of the face that have been exhausted of fat. This breakdown of fat and collagen in the eye and eyebrow areas causes the skin to wrinkle and sag. Dermal fillers offer an excellent, non-invasive solution to the problem of hollow, haggard eyes – including ridding under-eye shadows and dark circles.
How it works
When injected into the problem-areas surrounding the eye – the temples, under the brow, under-eye hollows or cheeks— fillers act as a replacement for fat, bone and muscle lost naturally with age. If placed properly, fillers help restore a youthful appearance by replenishing facial volume and giving the treatment area a plumped, smooth appearance. There are many types of filler, chosen based on a person’s wants and the area they wish to treat. For the lower eyelid or tear trough treatment, Hyaluronic acid (HA) based fillers are most often used because of the soft, natural correction they offer. If results are not optimal, HA fillers are easily reversed.
As the leading specialist for minimally invasive eye and eyebrow lift procedures in Woodland Hills and West Hills, Dr. Reyes will help you to decide if this procedure is right for you. Come into The MedSpot for a free consultation and more information about this procedure.
A PDO (Poly-Dioxanone) Thread Lift is a non-invasive procedure that lifts and tightens sagging skin and
tissues using a thin molded suture or thread. This treatment method is a terrific option for resolving the wrinkled, collagen-depleted, saggy skin near the eye and eyebrow region of the face. These threads mechanically lift and tighten the skin while stimulating the body’s natural healing response to the sutures, thereby triggering an influx of collagen to the treatment area. In this way, the PDO Thread Lift’s results go beyond the lift, which lasts an average of twenty months, to help the body naturally produce the collagen that combats further effects of aging.
What are PDO Threads?
PDO threads are synthetic, absorbable sutures composed of PolyDioxanone. They are used for open heart surgery and are completely safe for the body. Overtime (in about six months) they dissolve leaving no scar tissue behind. At the MedSpot, we prefer to use barb threads for their effectiveness and speed in resolving age-related facial degradations. Barb threads have tiny notches on the thread that hold and collect tissue to lift loose, sagging skin. These temporary sutures are placed strategically in problem-areas to anchor skin and lift it upwards and stimulate collagen production.
How do PDO Threads work for this treatment?
Instead of removing excess skin in the eye area surgically, these absorbable sutures are placed artfully to suspend the skin and give a tightened, lifted appearance. PDO Threads are not only ideal for lifting saggy eye and brow skin. They also trigger an increase of collagen to the area, which supports the newly lifted skin and promotes elasticity for a natural smoothed, tightened look. The PDO Thread Lift is the perfect option for the patient who wants to address the visible signs of aging near the eye (droopy skin) as well as the underlying cause ( the decrease in collagen and elasticity that occurs overtime), in order to gain a youthful appearance while rejuvenating skin.
Procedure + Recovery:
After numbing and application of a local anesthesia to the treatment area, the PDO threads are inserted into different layers of the skin. In terms of recovery, downtime is minimal. The patient is able to drive themselves home following treatment and assume most regular activity. Patients should be extra gentle when cleansing skin and applying products for one week after thread insertion so as not to disrupt the healing process.
Drooping, wrinkled skin near the eye is no match for the EMatrix Sublime Laser. Using a combination of bi polar radio frequency and light energies to heat the deep dermal tissue, this laser stimulates collagen production in the targeted treatment area. This collagen promotes elasticity to smooth wrinkles and improves skin texture and tone.
How Does the ETwo Sublime Laser Work?
The ETwo works by using these bi-polar radio frequencies and light energies to effect areas deep under the skin. The laser is powerful and precise enough to stimulate the production of collagen while the top layer of skin is unaffected. This provides optimal results with no down time. From this treatment, new collagen and healthy skin cells are produced, wrinkles are reduced as the skin is tightened, and skin is more elastic and smooth.
How Many Treatments are Needed?
The ETwo Sublime requires multiple treatments for best results. The number of treatments depends on the condition of the patient’s skin. In turn, the patient will see cumulative results.
To find out more about the ETwo Sublime Sublative laser and if it is right for you, come to the MedSpot in Woodland Hills.
CO2RE TM is a 4th generation laser that uses fractional CO2 laser energy to smooth out fine to severe lines and wrinkles and reduce scarring, age spots, and sun damage. Although powerful, this laser is safe enough for use in the delicate eye area and can address a variety of age-related issues in this region including: under eye bags, crows feet, collagen depletion, and sagging skin.
How it Works:
The CO2RETM is a fractional laser, meaning it can target and treat a portion of the skin while leaving the healthy tissues and surrounding skin intact. This precise, targeted approach greatly reduces downtime and makes this laser safer and more effective than others. The CO2RETM laser creates microscopic holes in deep layers of the dermis, triggering the body’s natural regenerative healing process, namely the formation of new, agedefying collagen.
Method of Treatment
The CO2RETM laser treatment only requires a topical numbing cream as pain level is mild during the procedure. Downtime is very minimal—the patient expected to heal within 4 days. During these 4 days, the patient will use a topical cream to further assist with healing.
Is CO2RETM Right For You?
The CO2RETM laser is FDA approved and is effective on all skin types and colors. To see if this procedure is right for you and explore options specific to your situation come to the MedSpot in Woodland Hills for a free consultation with Dr. Reyes.