Ophthalmic Cosmetic Procedures and Services
Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons have particular expertise in managing the delicate skin around the eye. Their skills are appreciated by patients who elect enhancement of their facial features. These procedures are considered to be "cosmetic" rather than "functional", and typically are not covered by standard health insurance plans.
Ophthalmic Cosmetic Surgery: Aesthetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Sagging eyelids and puffy bags can make you appear older and more tired than you feel. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure that strives to minimize those effects and restore a more youthful appearance.
- Upper eyelid blepharoplasty: Used to remove puffiness in the upper eyelids, or remove excess or loose skin that hangs from the upper eyelids and hides the natural creases
- Lower eyelid blepharoplasty: Used to remove "puffy bags," dark circles, and excess skin from the lower eyelids
Wrinkle Management: BOTOX®, Restylane® and Other Injectables
Every smile, laugh and frown leaves a permanent record on the face. Examples of these are the deep wrinkles seen on the forehead, the frown wrinkles seen between the eyes when angry, and the lines that extend from the nose to the mouth. Over time, wrinkles and lines are likely to become deeper.
Dynamic lines (caused by the contractions of the underlying facial muscles, such as furrows and frown lines) can be dramatically softened through a series of injections with Botulinum Toxin Type A, better known as BOTOX® Cosmetic. BOTOX® blocks the nerve impulses to the facial muscles that control expression lines and relaxes them so they do not contract. The result is that the overlying skin remains smoother and unwrinkled.
Deeper lines that are present at rest may respond to injectable substances beneath the skin's surface (e.g., collagen). Many new alternatives are also being introduced for such problem areas.
BOTOX® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.
Restylane® is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin. It has been used in more than 1.5 million treatments in over 60 countries and is approved in the U.S. for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds.
Restylane® is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the human body. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is a crystal-clear gel called NASHA™ or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. NASHA is completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid.
Restylane® maintains its shape using the body's own moisture. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is hydrophilic or "water loving." As hyaluronic acid gradually degrades, each molecule binds to more water and over time, the same volume can be maintained with less hyaluronic acid. This ability of hyaluronic acid to bind to water is what helps provide lasting results.
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The natural process of aging, combined with the experiences of one's daily stresses and aggravations, can cause the forehead area to develop deep furrows. Frown lines may appear between the eyes and excess skin around the brows may begin to droop.
A forehead/brow lift removes the excess skin that causes wrinkles and drooping brows, tightens loose skin, and if necessary, removes part of the muscle that causes vertical frown lines between the eyebrows.
All are born with smooth, soft skin. Over time, however, overexposure to the sun, alcohol use, smoking, pollution and acne scars cause imperfections in our skin. Fortunately, there are now surgical procedures that can correct many of these imperfections resulting in smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. A variety of lasers are used to treat different facial skin conditions.
- Scar revision: Using aesthetic lasers, a high-energy beam of light can "vaporize" scars, lines, wrinkles and other skin defects.
- Skin resurfacing: Laser surgery can gently "peel away" aging, sun-damaged skin to reveal a fresher, younger look with short recovery time.
For more information about cosmetic ophthalmic procedures and the specialists who perform them, please visit the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at www.asoprs.org.