Botox is a non-surgical option that is used to diminish the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles. Botox is a treatment made from botulinum toxin that is injected subcutaneously. This temporarily paralyzes the small muscles beneath the skin which cause wrinkles. The injections can last from three to six months. However, the more treatments that are done, the better the results.
Juvederm is a gel filler which is composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural component of soft facial tissue which decreases as we age. Juvederm is injected beneath the skin to fill fine lines and folds, rejuvenate the lip margin, and fill the hollow beneath the eyes. The results are temporary, lasting on average 6 months. This treatment is reversible by injecting a reversing enzyme.
As we age, the eyelids stretch and the supporting tissues begins to weaken. This allows fat to protrude above and below the eye creating fullness in the upper and lower lids. The excess skin of the eyelid interferes with the eyelid function, preventing it from fully opening. The result is a decrease in the visual field where the top portion of the vision is cut off by the drooping eyelids. If a patient were to lift their eyelids with their hands, they would see the visual field as it would be if the excess skin and fat were removed.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects the functional issues of the eyelids, and improves the appearance by tightening the eyelid and removing excess skin. The procedure is painless and is performed in the office at the Heart of Texas Eye Institute. Patients are able to recuperate in the comfort of their own home. The majority of patients notice an improvement in their visual field as well as a more youthful and alert appearance.