Eye Rejuvenation Options at The West Institute
AcuPulse CO2 Laser Resurfacing For Eye Rejuvenation
Dr. Tina West co-authored an article in the international peer-reviewed medical literature on the significant reduction in dark circles seen in the undereye area after full face ablative CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser resurfacing. This state-of-the-art ablative fractionated AcuPulse™ CO2 resurfacing laser tightens finely wrinkled skin and corrects dark circles under the eyes while only requiring one week of downtime.
How Can Laser Resurfacing Rejuvenate My Eyes?
AcuPulse Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing uses a specific wavelength of laser energy to selectively vaporize water in skin cells, which stimulates your body to repair damaged skin and produce new collagen and blood vessels. This treatment is the gold standard for treating dark undereye circles and undereye skin with fine wrinkles or a crepey texture. Dr. West will meet with you to identify if this treatment is best to meet your needs and goals.
How Long Do The Results Last?
Because new collagen production continues for 12-18 months following ablative laser skin resurfacing, results continue to improve over time following the treatment. Results are maximized and maintained with a daily skincare regimen that includes active ingredients.
Can Dermal Fillers Be Used To Rejuvenate My Eyes?
Restylane® is an injectable dermal filler that was developed with natural results in mind. It helps to restore a more youthful and natural-looking appearance by smoothing and plumping dark undereye hollows.
How Can Fillers Rejuvenate My Eyes?
Using a cannula (blunt-tipped instrument) or a fine-gauge needle, Dr. West will inject Restylane, a soft and cohesive natural sugar-based gel, into the undereye area, instantly filling in the skin to help smooth dark undereye hollows. While Restylane is versatile enough to handle moderate nasolabial folds, it can also treat delicate areas such as etched-in smile lines, vertical lip lines (thin lines that appear above and around the lips), and as mentioned above, dark undereye hollows.
If you are noticing a tired or saggy look, facial hollowing, or dark undereye circles then Restylane may be a great treatment option for you. Dr. West will meet with you to identify if this treatment is best to meet your needs and goals.
How Long Do The Results Last?
Individual results may vary, but typically, results are immediate, and when used to fill under-eye hollows, Restylane lasts up to 2 years.
Neuromodulators for Eye Rejuvenation
Botox®, Dysport®, Jeuveau®, Xeomin® are FDA-approved neuromodulators that are used for targeting the underlying causes of crow’s feet and “frown” lines —the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years.
Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau, Xeomin all work by temporarily blocking the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that “tells” muscles to contract. Dr. West uses neuromodulators to temporarily help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines without changing the look or movement of the rest of the face. Untreated muscles continue to work normally, so you can continue to express feelings naturally. It’s the lines that disappear, not your expressions.
Contrary to popular belief, neuromodulators should not cause you to lose the ability to show expression. When you are treated by a licensed, medical professional with extensive injection experience and knowledge of facial anatomy, like Dr. West, you should look refreshed and not “over done”.
Dr. West co-published the first study in the international medical literature documenting a correlation between the dose of neuromodulator and the duration of results. At the time of your visit, she will recommend the most conservative treatment dose to achieve your desired result. Dr. West is well-versed on all neuromodulators and participated in the original phase III FDA clinical trials for the approval of Botox Cosmetic in the United States.
If you find others commenting that you look upset or angry when you’re not feeling that way, or if you are interested in targeting and correcting subtle signs of aging, like crow’s feet, then this treatment may be right for you. Neuromodulators are also very effective for erasing horizontal forehead lines.
If your desire is a subtle lift of the brows, a “chemical brow lift”, by relaxing the frown muscles, then this treatment may also be right for you.
Before your treatment, Dr. West will discuss your treatment goals and analyze your muscle movement to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you.
You can expect real, noticeable results, which may begin to show within 24 to 48 hours following treatment. You’ll be able to go about your normal routine immediately after you leave the office. You may be instructed to remain upright for 2 hours following the treatment and you will be scheduled for a 10-14 day follow up appointment to evaluate your results.
Most patients will see results last about four months.