Can an 18 year old benefit from laser resurfacing (upper eyelids)? (Photo)
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18 year old eyelid problems
Andrew Campbell, M.D.
Facial Plastic Specialist
Quintessa Aesthetic Centers
Aggressive fully ablative laser resurfacing not advised at your age for eyelids
You may consider other options such as Ultherapy in the future.
All the best
Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetics
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The excess eyelid skin can be mimiced by swelling due to allergies or irritation. I'm assuming the skin is not inflammed, nor does the excess skin come and go and that it has been present for years, unchanged. Likewise I'm assuming the skin appears normal, not waxy, thickened or otherwise showing a possible skin disease. If this is truly excess skin, it is likely genetic and you have other family members similarly effected. A non-surgical approach, albeit temporary, is to use Botox between the eyes to raise the brow. This will, if great enough elevation occurs, camoflage the excess skin by raising the brow. Every 3-6 month injections are the norm and it is something you might not want injected indefinitely.
Tightening the lids "permanently", aging notwithstanding, seems attractive. Non invasive tightening like Thermage and the newer fractional radio frequency machines can sometimes give great results but in my experience never as impressive or long-lasting as ablative (wounding) resurfacing with the CO2 or fractional CO2 laser. If you this direction, the old style non fractional, maximally wounding laser works best but I would suggest you avoid it. I would instead use the newer, safer and slightly less effective fractional CO2 laser. You can have one treatment with high energy or a series of lower energy treatments. Either has been shown to be effective. My bias is to do no harm. If a series of safer, minimal downtime (2-4 days of redness) can get the same results as deep CO2, then I find it preferable. Typically between 2-5 treatments are necessary. You can look up Dr. Katz at the Juvamedispa. He has written about the Madonna Lift technique. At our LA office we will do both a surgical blepharoplasty with fractional CO2 laser at the same time for improved tightening and to lessen the amount of skin that has to be removed by the surgery.
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