Revitalize tired, aging eyes without the risk: FAQs about nonsurgical blepharoplasty At drs skincare Hamilton, ON

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In the past, procedures to awaken tired or “aged” eyes were limited to surgical interventions. Of course, surgeries are associated with an array of considerations, from potential risks of complications to needs for downtime and healing. Fortunately, today’s specialists can effectively and dramatically lift the eye region without surgery. At drs skincare of Hamilton, Ontario, we have invested in a range of technologies and capabilities to provide nonsurgical alternatives to procedures such as blepharoplasty. 

What is blepharoplasty? 

Blepharoplasty is derived from the Greek root words for “eyelid” and “moulding” (blepharon and plasty). 

This surgery may be used to reposition and/or remove loose, droopy skin and/or fat from the upper eyelid. It can also be suitable for patients with under-eye bags, excess tissue, and wrinkling associated with the lower lid. 

How is nonsurgical blepharoplasty performed? 

Nonsurgical alternatives involve a combination of procedures rather than a single approach. They are often combination approaches. The specific treatment plan depends on factors such as your unique needs and the severity of the laxity that may be present in the upper and/or lower lids. Most frequently, we use a carbon dioxide or CO2 laser with fractional technology, microneedling with radiofrequency, as well as the following injectable treatments: Botox® Cosmetic, dermal or soft tissue filler, and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). 

Benefits can include the following:

  • Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduction in deep wrinkles in some cases
  • Brow lifting and eyes appearing more open
  • Skin tightening
  • Reduction in pigment
  • Reduced hollows or tear troughs 

What is fractional technology? 

The laser technology used for nonsurgical blepharoplasty is designed to tighten the skin. Laser systems like ours can stimulate the production of beneficial proteins and fibers naturally present in the skin, such as the collagen that contributes to the firmness of the skin. Lasers can safely and precisely target damaged skin for treatment. The removal of wrinkled or otherwise damaged skin is supported, while the growth of fresh skin cells is also encouraged. Lasers that are designed with fractional technology blend powerful results with a safe and predictable treatment option. The light from the laser is applied to a fraction of the skin at a time. This allows us to achieve dramatic results without the risks associated with older light-based systems. 

What is the role of Botox® in the treatment? 

Botox®/Dysport®/Xeomin®, “neuromodulators,” is mainly used to treat wrinkles and lines in the upper portion of the face. This injectable procedure allows us to open up the eye area by softening wrinkles around the eyes, between the brows, and on the forehead. These lines are visible even when your face is at rest due to the natural loss of collagen, elastin, and other structural supports that come with aging. 

Botox® interferes with the muscle activity that occurs when you smile, squint, frown, or otherwise express yourself with your face. Due to our high level of skill in precisely applying Botox®, only those muscles responsible for your specific expression lines are treated. With precise Botox® application, you can still express yourself naturally, looking better and healthier without appearing different or strange.

How do you administer other injectable treatments? 

Dermal or soft tissue fillers are commonly used to correct depressions or volume loss in the eye region, such as the “tear troughs” underneath the eyes. drs skincare will discuss the various filler options available to achieve your desired, natural results.  

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) helps reduce downtime and can further help with rejuvenation. Derived from your own blood for a truly safe and biocompatible procedure, PRP is chock-full of growth factors. These powerful ingredients promote the rejuvenation and repair of damaged skin.

Can nonsurgical blepharoplasty replace blepharoplasty?

No. Although nonsurgical blepharoplasty can help rejuvenate the periocular area, as described above, it does not replace surgery. If a patient is interested in removing “eye bags,” surgery remains the most effective option in many cases.

In order to see if nonsurgical blepharoplasty is for you, the next best step is a consultation.

To schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Rahul Shukla, phone our Hamilton, ON practice today at (905) 524-1712.