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Hema Sundaram, MA, MD, FAAD
Techniques To Make Over Your Eyes
Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center
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Techniques To Make Over Your Eyes

Every now and then, a patient recites to me that old poem about the eyes being the window to the soul, followed by the puzzled complaint that “my eyes dont look the same any more.” In fact, it is not your eyes that change as you age, but their frame. With time, the area around your eyes (known as the periorbital region) loses volume and elasticity, and the underlying muscles become unbalanced. This makes your eyes look tired and smaller.
The old approach to this problem was to pull up the loose eyelids and drooping eyebrows with invasive eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and a brow lift. However, this often makes you look done rather than younger, by changing the shape of your eyes and making you look permanently surprised. Many celebrities who are criticized for being over-Botoxed are actually victims of over-zealous surgery; expert Botox treatment produces much subtler results.
The new approach is to perfect the periorbital region that frames your eyes with minimally invasive procedures that give a completely natural look, with no surgical scars. If your eyelids are very droopy, you may also require surgery, but you will still benefit from these new procedures because they rejuvenate your skin from within, rather than just temporarily stretching the old skin tight. An expert cosmetic surgeon with a full understanding of ideal facial proportions can restore the definition, shape and size of your eyes with an individualized combination of state-of-the-art procedures.
Volume replacement is best performed with natural sugar-based fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, which can be injected precisely and safely to remove under-eye hollows and bags and make eyebrows shapely again. Numbing cream, a super-fine 32-gauge needle and a gentle technique minimize bruising and discomfort, allowing patients to return to normal activities immediately.
An expert surgeon adjusts treatment to address your own unique pattern of aging. If your cheekbones have flattened, Perlane, another natural sugar-based filler, can be injected to restore your youthful facial contours, further enhancing the appearance of your eyes. The right technique will stimulate permanent collagen formation, giving you longer-lasting results.
Overactive muscles are relaxed by injecting tiny amounts of Botox just beneath your skin, to safely smooth out crows feet and restore an elegant arch to your eyebrows. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times emphasizes the importance of selecting an expert surgeon, to optimize your results and avoid a frozen look. When comparing Botox prices, keep in mind that what matters is how many Botox units you receive. Your results will be better and longer-lasting if you receive concentrated, rather than over-diluted, Botox. A specially-designed Injekt-F syringe and a super-fine needle minimize discomfort and virtually eliminate bruising.
Skin tightening has been revolutionized by Lux 1540 fractional laser resurfacing, which stimulates your skin to produce fresh, new collagen with little or no down time. Amazingly, the results are as good as or even better than with older lasers that required weeks of recovery.
Finishing Touches such as advanced-level eyelash extensions (Xtreme Lashes), eyebrow shaping, and brow and lash tinting complement other procedures by dramatically offsetting drooping eyelids and enhancing your eye color, size and shape. With todays technology in the hands of an expert, you can have eyes that are a true window to your soul and sparkle with youth, beauty and personality at any age.

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