The smart skin Fractional CO2 laser improves the quality of the skin by minimizing wrinkles and reducing pore size. While it does not help minimize broken blood vessels (we use the Max G IPL for that), it helps to lift the eyes. The only negative is that there is a downtime of about 1-week post laser. When planned appropriately, the results can be very lovely.
With time, our skin around the eyes begins to show aging in the way of wrinkles and skin laxity which results in drooping of the eyelids. The definitive fix is an upper lid blepharoplasty, but for this Charlotte, North Carolina female who did not want surgical intervention, the zero downtime procedure which was a good option for her was Pelleve 12 minute eye lift. The photo represents her before and after 3 treatments. We typically recommend 3-5 treatments every 3-4 week for optimal results.
While the definitive for upper eyelid hang is an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, there are also other alternatives that do not require surgery that give a dramatic clinical improvement. The use of fractional CO2 helps to tighten the lids and lift the drooping skin. Sometimes one treatment is all that is needed or other times we may do a second treatment at 6 weeks to give an additional bit of tightening. This Charlotte, North Carolina female had one Smartskin treatment to the periocular area.
Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment can have a healing time between 4 days to 1week. Immediately post Smartskin laser, the skin will have areas of pinpoint bleeding which dissipates after several hours. It is important to keep the skin very moist with a topical emollient and use Aquaphor at night. On the first morning, the face will be swollen, especially around the eyes. Each day thereafter improvements will be visualized. On day 5, patients can return to wearing makeup, and although there is some redness, this will dissipate over the next week. Here are some healing day photos at 1-day post laser, 2 days and 1-week post laser.
The wrinkles under the eye begin to show themselves in our late 30's onward. Sometimes the area is helped when filling the tear trough or addressing the midface facial flattening. The best laser to treat this area is a fractional CO2 laser around the eyes. There is a downtime of 4-5 days where the skin becomes darker and then peels, however, the results are quite visible even with just one laser.
Some patients have minimal amounts of submental fat (fat under the chin), but have a greater amount of neck laxity and wrinkles. In order to improve this area, one option in Charlotte, North Carolina may be Precision Laser. The laser helps to stimulate elastin and collagen and over time, the skin appears tighter, without the need for surgical cutting.