Wrinkles may come with age, but so does wisdom. Whether your eye lids are carrying excess skin, or your wrinkles have taken over your forehead, or your smile is outlined with parentheses, there are a number of procedures available to improve your look and feel. Consult with your doctor to determine what products and procedures are best for the look you want to achieve. Such procedures can be surgical and non-surgical.
Procedures to Consider
Blepharoplasty As we age, the delicate skin around the eyes can appear puffy or saggy. Eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and the normal deposits of protective fat around the eye bulge. The surgical procedure to remove excess eyelid tissues (skin, muscle, or fat) is called blepharoplasty. Ophthalmologists are trained to perform this procedure during their medical residency. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. The surgery is performed for either cosmetic or functional reasons. Sometimes excess upper eyelid tissue obstructs the upper visual field or can weigh down the eyelid and produce tired-feeling eyes. Most often, people choose blepharoplasty to improve their appearance by making the area around their eyes firmer. When blepharoplasty is performed to improve vision, rather than for cosmetic reasons only, it may be covered by insurance.
Botox Cosmeticand Xeomin Did you know that ophthalmologists have been using botulinum toxin (Botox) since its experimental trials began in Florida in 1986? In 1989 the FDA approval signaled the use of botulinum toxin as a safe and effective treatment for use in the eyelids, eyebrows, and facial muscles for certain medical conditions. Ophthalmologists actually discovered its wrinkle reducing effects. Both products are non-surgical FDA approved treatments that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines in the forehead, between the brows, and the “crow's feet” on the side of the eyes in men and women ages 18 to 65.
Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane We live in exciting times when it comes to the science of beauty. Injectable fillers can replace the lost collagen and volume, giving us the full cheeks and firm skin of youth. That's something all those expensive creams, lotions, and serums just can't deliver. Latisse The first and only FDA approved prescription treatment for inadequate or not enough eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker. Latisse uses the same active ingredient as Lumigan, a popular glaucoma drug used by ophthalmologists. In fact, it was ophthalmologists that discovered and reported one side effect of Lumigan it increased eye lash length, while also darkening and thickening.