Younger Looking Eyes…

This past year I have begun combining 3 different modalities to help rejuvenate the upper and lower eyelids and the areas around them. The results have been quite good. The procedure is relatively quick and the recovery is well tolerated.

Two of the treatments, upper lid blepharoplasty and lower lid CO-2 laser resurfacing, are traditional more “old school” options while the third, filler to the upper cheek area, represents on the newer and fastest growing areas of cosmetic medicine.

The upper lid Blepharoplasty removes the excess skin and fat of the upper lid. Patients frequently complain that this skin makes them look older and more tired than they feel. Removing it opens up the upper lid and relieves that heaviness many patients complain of.

The CO 2 laser is a resurfacing laser the I use to treat the lower lids. The laser applies heat to the lower lid skin which causes it to tighten and resurface itself. The end result is a smoother tighter lower lid with significantly fewer fine lines and a much less of crepe texture.

The final component employes the fillers which have become immensely popular and wide spread. Examples are Restylane® and Juvederm®. The fillers are placed either in the tear trough, at the lower lid / cheek junction, in the upper cheek itself to re-volumize this area or in all of the above and give a smoother and more youthful appearance.

This combination of time proven and safe treatments has yielded very nice results. If you are interested please contact us at CorbettCosmetic.com or via E mail at Misty@corbettcosmeticsurgery.com

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical  Director of Corbett Cosmetic

So what are Fillers?

Fillers represent the single largest growth sector of aesthetic medicine over the past few years yet I don’t think a lot of people know what they are or how they are used.

So here’s Filler 101. Most of the fillers out there today, Restylane® and Juvederm® are the most common ones, are composed of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is a protein that is already all over your body. It’s in your skin and joints and connective tissue. HA’s have replaced Collagen injections because they last longer and are easier to use. The longevity of the fillers varies but tends to be many months at least with some of them lasting several years.

Uses: Fillers fill and that’s how we use them. They are not intended to smooth fine lines or crows feet or frown lines. That’s what the toxins do, think Botox® and Dysport®. Fillers restore volume to your face. As we age, our faces loose volume, particularly our midface. The mid face is the area between your lower eyelids down to the bottom of your nose. What happens is the fat pads we have in that area tend to shrink and descend. So, with the fillers we can safely restore that volume. It’s that simple.

Now, fillers can be used all over the face and commonly are. We inject them in the temple, between the eyes, in tear troughs, the nose, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lips and along the jawline. They are very versatile.

The lip injections are what most people see and they are the reason, based on the comments I hear from women, that some patients shy away from fillers. Some patients prefer a larger lip that some others may see as being “over done”. This is really a matter of opinion but the point is, if you see a patient with a very full lip or cheek or wherever, it’s because they like it that way. They have simply requested more filler. You don’t automatically get huge lips just because you inject some filler. Some patients request 1 syringe ( 1cc) of filler, others 3 or 4 syringes.

Fillers are injected in the office usually with topical anesthesia. The whole process takes about 30 minutes. After, you can have some swelling, or bruising and the area may be a little tender for a while. Overall there is very little down time associated.

So there’s a brief summary of fillers. If you are interested or have more questions please just contact our office. 502.721-0330.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director of Corbett Cosmetic