The Surprising Treatment for Aging Eyes

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If you have deep lines on and around the eyes, fairly good skin elasticity, are over the age of 40, laser resurfacing is the best option to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the upper eyelids. It can’t get rid of loose skin, but it will stimulate collagen production to give a tightening effect and improve tone & texture.

CO2 fractional lasers work to stimulate collagen from within to decrease fine lines and also address crepey (not excess) skin around the eyes. Unlike injectables, which can’t be used on the eyelid but just on the outer corners of the eyes, fractional COlasers—they combine the resurfacing power of more traditional CO2 lasers with the healing and anti-demarcation benefits of a fractional laser—can be used on both areas to rejuvenate skin that’s laden with both lines and wrinkles. 

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“When used properly and on the right patient, lasers can smooth out some of the lines around the eyes, but not correct significant laxity, hollows or bulging fat pads,” says La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD. Fractional CO2 lasers will also help even out any discoloration around the eyes, like age spots, which may accompany the type of skin that is suitable for this treatment. “Lasers work best on surface irregularities from sun damage. But they are not going to tighten or lift like surgery would,” says New York plastic surgeon Douglas M. Monasebian, MD.

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