As we age our facial structures – brows, eyelids and cheeks – slide downward changing the shape of the face and causing wrinkles, drooping lids, “tear troughs”, jowling, and “marionette lines”. The skin becomes thin and drapes downward, age spots and abnormal vessels appear, and of course, wrinkles develop. Color becomes gray and “washed out”, and additionally, lashes and brow hairs become sparse. Elective facial rejuvenation may require a number of modalities. Surgical rejuvenation may involve lifting the brows, eliminating redundant eyelid skin (blepharoplasty upper lids), upper- mid- or lower face lifting procedures, removal of puffy fat pads in lower lids (blepharoplasty lower lids). These procedures will help, however, other non-surgical procedures are important, namely restoring the skin quality, cheek and temple contours, and definition of the eyelids, brows and lips.
Non-surgical treatments –
A youthful appearance is enhanced with non-invasive techniques as well as surgery. In some patients, puffiness and dark circles of the lower eyelids respond well to a combination of fillers and Laser resurfacing, that is, without surgery. Generally, severe drooping of tissues is best treated with surgical procedures to restore normal anatomy. However, the following list includes non-invasive treatments that tremendously improve appearance with minimal down time.
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- skin resurfacing – Mixto ® CO2 Laser skin resurfacing
- elimination of unwanted pigment and vessels – Icon MaxG ® for unwanted pigment and vessels
- restoration of color and definition – Micropigmentation
- contour enhancement – Juvéderm ® HA Fillers
- reduction of dynamic wrinkles – Cosmetic Botox ®
- radiofrequency massage to reduce wrinkles and cellulite