Direct from Dr. V

I believe that the best facial rejuvenation outcomes derive from the combination of experienced surgeon plus informed patient. To that end, I endeavor to educate and engage with my patients to ensure that together we arrive at the best solution for your personal needs.

What’s the Hype?

The Madonna Eye Lift versus the Surgical Eye Lift

We’ve been hearing much about the so-called Madonna Eye Lift in recent months. Search the Internet and you’ll find it coming up all over the place. It seems the Public is fascinated by this “latest” and “greatest” facial rejuvenation technique. But what, really, are we talking about when we’re contemplating the Madonna Eye Lift? And is it the right solution for you?

In fact, “Eye Lift” is a misnomer. When we do a Madonna Eye Lift we are not “lifting” the eyes. The Madonna Eye “Lift” is a non-surgical, laser-based technique that involves periorbital (around the eye) skin resurfacing with fractionated CO2. With age, with sun exposure, and with daily exposure to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke, our facial skin progressively loses the collagen and elastin that are the foundation of our youthful complexions. Laser resurfacing of the skin around the eyes is an effective way to promote the rebuilding of lost collagen and elastin, tightening the skin. Periorbital chemical peels can have the same effect. I use both procedures at my office, with excellent results. For some patients, usually younger, these non-surgical, minimally invasive approaches can offer great results. Fractionated laser or chemical peel skin resurfacing can successfully diminish and eradicate the fine lines and wrinkles that age and “fatigue” the face.

So is this technique really new? And are the results similar to surgery?

In both cases, not really. I have been using both of these resurfacing techniques (laser, chemical peels) in my office for a number of years now. And without a doubt our track record of success has been phenomenal. However, resurfacing, whether with fractionated CO2 or with a chemical peel, can only go so far. Tightening the skin, which is what these procedures are doing, is quite simply not the same as lifting the skin.

To actually effect an eye “lift” I find that surgery is often not just the “better” choice, but the “necessary” choice. Lasers and chemical peels cannot lift the kind of sagging skin that develops with age—the kind that can be so disconcerting when we see “tired” eyes reflected back at us in the mirror. To effectively treat this issue, surgery is necessary. The surgical Eye Lift removes the excess skin on the upper lids that creates unattractive droopiness (and in extreme cases causes visual field obstruction) and the fat protrusions (so-called under eye bags) that can develop underneath the eye. For patients with these morphologies, a surgical Eye Lift is the only effective means of eliminating the “tired eyes” look and achieving meaningful facial rejuvenation.

Understanding this difference between skin tightening (resurfacing) and skin or fat excision (surgery) is essential when deciding how best to address your personal concerns. While some patients will benefit most from surgical intervention, others, usually those who are younger, can achieve great results through simple resurfacing. In some cases, I will recommend both types of procedure (resurfacing & surgery) to achieve optimal results.

The bottom line is understanding both your endpoint (goals) and your personal starting point (concerns). To that end, I invite you to call our office to schedule your complimentary consultation. You and I will sit down together to discuss your concerns and develop a targeted, personalized plan that will allow you to achieve your aesthetic goals.