Cosmetic Procedures Feel comfortable about your appearance
Southwestern Eye Center provides cosmetic surgery / plastic surgery in order to give a more youthful, smooth appearance. Sometimes cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery and brow lifts are necessary in order for you to see better with the added bonus of a more youthful and relaxed look. The results are often dramatic and can take many years off your appearance.
Even the most beautiful eyes cannot hide the aging effects of time. At Southwestern Eye Center, plastic surgery is performed by our Oculoplastics surgeon, Denise Garcia, M.D., who specializes in cosmetic eye surgery procedures. By performing minimally invasive eyelid (blepharoplasty) or brow lift surgery, your youthful, bright and rested look can be restored.
Our facial cosmetic procedures include:
Every year, thousands of men and women choose blepharoplasty to improve their vision and the way they look. Droopy eyelids can make you appear older and can also impair vision. Blepharoplasty corrects these problems and also removes puffiness and bags around your eyes that make you look worn and tired. Successful facial plastic surgery will involve a good rapport between a patient and the surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, develops in the consulting stages before surgery. Your surgeon can answer specific questions about your specific needs.
As with all facial plastic surgeries, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Blepharoplasty removes the excess fat, muscle, and skin from both upper and lower lids. The results can be a rejuvenated appearance, with a younger, firmer eye area. People with circulatory, ophthalmological, or serious medical conditions must rely on the diagnostic skills of their own surgeon to determine whether blepharoplasty is an option to consider.
Whether the surgery is desired for functional or cosmetic reasons, your choice of a qualified surgeon is of great importance. The patient must also make the commitment to follow the pre-surgical and post-operative instructions of the surgeon. During the pre-surgical consultation, you will be examined or asked to answer questions concerning vision, tear production, use of lenses, and your desires for surgery. Your surgeon will explain what you can expect from blepharoplasty and take a complete medical history. Factors to be weighed include age, skin type, ethnic background, and degree of vision obstruction. Furthermore, you can expect an open and honest exchange between you and your surgeon, which will establish the basis for a successful outcome.
In upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon first marks the individual lines and creases of the lids in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible along these natural folds. The incision is made, and excess fat, muscle, and loose skin are removed. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar. In lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon makes the incision in an inconspicuous site along the lashline and smile creases of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away before the incision is closed with fine sutures. Eyelid puffiness caused primarily by excess fat may be corrected by a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The incision in this case is made inside the lower eyelid, and excess fatty material is removed. When sutures are used to close this kind of incision, they are invisible to the eye. They are also self-dissolving and leave no visible scar. Under normal conditions, blepharoplasty can take from one to two hours.
Dermal fillers are typically used for facial aesthetic treatments and are injected into the skin. They are designed to effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, contour and create volume, and to revitalise the skin. Dermal fillers are based on Hyaluronic acid which is a substance that naturally exists in your body. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. It binds water and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients and in regulating water balance in skin.
Dermal fillers work by boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers revitalise and add volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look. Dermal fillers are a soft injectable gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent.
At Southwestern Eye Center we use the dermal filler Juvederm®.
Southwestern Eye Center offers safe, effective BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles, including crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead creases. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical treatment that has shown great success in millions of patients around the world. Developed from a purified toxin, BOTOX® Cosmetic softens facial lines by blocking nerve impulses to temporarily paralyze the wrinkle-causing muscles.
The treatment is especially popular because it takes only a few minutes and is completely safe. Many of our patients receive BOTOX® Cosmetic injection on their lunch break and return to work immediately. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic last 4 to 6 months, and may be repeated as necessary to maintain smooth, younger looking skin. Contact Southwestern Eye Center today and experience one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures available today.
Brow lift and forehead lift surgeries are surgical procedures done to raise droopy eyebrows and smooth forehead wrinkles, often resulting in the decrease of excess eyelid skin and opening of the eyes. Incisions are made either at the hairline, behind the hairline, in some cases, above the brow or in the mid-forehead. Excess skin and tissue is removed and fine sutures or staples are applied close the incisions.
Brow lift patients commonly experience swelling and bruising in the 10 days following surgery. Some forehead lift patients also see bruising in the cheek and eye area. For most brow lift patients the recovery time will not exceed two weeks, but patients may still be advised to avoid strenuous activities for longer periods. Forehead lift patients will be permitted to wash their hair shortly after the surgery. Patients who undergo brow lift surgery at Southwestern Eye Center may also consider other cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery or Botox injections.