Wrinkles around the eyelids are a telltale sign of facial aging. Fine wrinkles occur in the twenties and are usually exacerbated by sun exposure and UV light. As we age, genetic influences may cause further wrinkling and droopiness of the eyelids, leading to a loss of our peripheral visual field and heaviness of the eyelid skin.
Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at Kare Plastic Surgery + Skin Health Center in Santa Monica specializes in the surgical and non-surgical management of eyelid wrinkles. Treatments include upper eyelid blepharoplasty, lower eyelid blepharoplasty, Thermage skin tightening, Ultherapy eyebrow lift, and fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing.
A blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can restore youthfulness to the eyes and can remove excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. The surgery is usually performed under twighlight sedation or general anesthesia in an ambulatory surgical center in Santa Monica.
“Our office specializes in minimally-invasive eyelid rejuvenation using a combination of blepharoplasty with RF skin tightening. Ultherapy and Thermage are excellent additions to traditional plastic surgery.” Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian
Blepharoplasty surgery is one of the most effective facial rejuvenative procedures available in plastic surgery. Taking less than one hour to perform, blepharoplasty surgery can remove excess skin, reduce unwanted bulging of eyelid fat, and reduce droopiness of the upper and lower eyelids. Cosmetic surgeons have long touted the advantages of blepharoplasty in making men and women look more youthful.
Outpatient blepharoplasty surgery can be performed in our licensed operating room with patients resuming normal work duties within days of the procedure. There is limited downtime with blepharoplasty, with patients experiencing mild bruising and swelling after surgery.
All patients considering eyelid surgery are optimized with non-invasive skin tightening options in order to minimize the scope of surgery. Thermage and Ultherapy are excellent non-invasive tools to tighten eyelid skin and uplift the lateral eyebrows. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian can help you decide which combination of treatments is most appropriate for your specific skin type, ethnicity, and age.
Non-Surgical Eyelid Lift
Not everyone is a candidate for surgical eyelid lifts. As such, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian has non-surgical eyelid lift protocols available at Kare Plastic Surgery in Santa Monica to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes without surgery. The process uses either fractional laser resurfacing of the skin or nano-fractional RF treatments to tighten upper and lower eyelid skin.
Fractional laser resurfacing is ideal for patients who have excessive looseness and fine wrinkles on the eyelids. The fractionally-ablative laser stimulates collagen contraction and stimulation, thereby reducing the fine wrinkles and inducing contraction of the skin.
Dr. Karamanoukian is also pleased to introduce Nano-fractional RF to help tighten lower eyelid skin tone. RF energy can stimulate collagen contraction and thus tighten lower eyelid skin.