What is Non Surgical Blepharoplasty?
One of the first places where visible signs of aging begin to emerge is around your eyes. The delicate skin around the eye area is extremely thin and becomes even thinner as you age. In addition, the skin in this area contains fewer oil and sweat glands, which makes it even more susceptible to the effects of aging. The most common age-related changes and complaints include dark circles, “crow’s feet,” and bags or swelling under or around the eyes. While these changes are not necessarily an indication of extreme exhaustion or serious illness, dark circles and bags certainly make you look and feel a lot older than you really are.
In the past, surgery was the only effective solution for “bags” and dark circles under the eyes. Surgery to reposition or remove the fat under the eyes works well in patients whose main problem consists of significant protrusion of fatty tissue into the lower eyelid. Repositioning that fat smooths the under eye area and eliminates the bulge. Dr. Rivkin does not perform this surgery, but we are always happy to refer our patients to oculoplastic specialists in Los Angeles who excel at this procedure.
Offering Non Surgical Eyelid Lifts in Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Rivkin has found that the majority of people suffer from loss (not overabundance) of fatty tissue under the eyes over time. It is a progressive hollowing of the under eye and cheek that makes people look tired and older than they are. Dr. Rivkin has created a non-invasive, safe, and cost effective alternative to surgery for these problems, the Non Surgical Blepharoplasty procedure.
Dr. Rivkin’s unique method for eliminating the appearance of dark circles and bags under the eyes is non-invasive and safe. He injects a select combination of hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane and Voluma) to even out the plane beneath the eye and raise the skin. This fills the depression between the cheek and the eyelid. Small injections of the filler are placed in precise locations, filling in depressed areas, correcting the contours under your eyes. Filling the depressions eliminates the under eye shadows that are responsible for the appearance of dark circles and eliminates the look of protruding lower lids.
Candidates for Non Surgical Blepharoplasty
For patients suffering from under eye hollows and dark circles, the Non Surgical Blepharoplasty (Non Surgical Eye Lift) procedure can make a tremendous improvement in overall appearance and take years off the face.
During your free initial consultation, Dr. Rivkin or one of our other expert practitioners will evaluate your unique needs, desired end results, and explain the procedure. They will also help you determine which type of filler will work best with your body and skin type. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so that you will know exactly what to expect from the treatment.
Pros and Cons of the Non Surgical Eyelid Lift in Brentwood, CA
The procedure is virtually painless, as the fillers contain lidocaine, which numbs the area. For those with a lower pain threshold, we can also apply topical numbing cream. After the injections, it is possible to experience minor bruising, mild swelling, redness and tenderness, all of which should resolve within a few days. During the procedure, we ice the area prior to injection to decrease the risk of bruising.
In order to further minimize the possibility of bruising, we recommend avoiding blood thinners for a week prior to your appointment. Blood thinners include alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, vitamin E supplements, fish and flax seed oil supplements, ginko biloba and St. John’s Wort. It’s also a good idea to take arnica and bromelain tablets prior to and post procedure.
Results using hyaluronic acid fillers under the eyes are very smooth and last two to six years. This temporary method allows you to make adjustments as your face changes over time so that you will always have a natural look. An additional benefit of hyaluronic acid injectable fillers is that they are completely reversible with a simple enzyme injection if results are less than desirable. In fact, Dr. Rivkin recommends a touch up visit three weeks after your injection to check the results and adjust the filler, if necessary. During this visit, he may add to certain areas or even take some areas down slightly with the use of enzyme.
At Westside Aesthetics, we believe in a holistic approach to beauty and defying age gracefully. The Nonsurgical Blepharoplasty procedure has good synergy with other treatments. To bring more attention to the eye area, we often recommend Latisse to enhance eyelash growth. In addition, Fraxel and Ulthera treatments can help with overall skin tightening, texture and tone. To address unwanted “crepey” skin under the eye, a PRP treatment with microneedling can do wonders!
Dr. Rivkin’s patients know that they can get in touch with him at any time. He’s always in the office at Westside Aesthetics, and is personally involved in every treatment.
To learn more about Dr. Rivkin’s non surgical blepharoplasty techniques or to schedule a free consultation in the Los Angeles/Brentwood area, contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.