Eye and Facial Aesthetics

Putting your best face forward

We offer a variety of solutions to fix droopy eyelids, reduce the appearance of eye bags and treat wrinkles including crows feet. These natural signs of aging occur as our skin loses subcutaneous fat and becomes thinner and less elastic over time. The face is also exposed to the sun and is one of the first places to show the natural signs of aging.   

Some changes, such as new or changing growths on the skin around the eyelids and cheeks are serious. But most cosmetic changes are due to the natural loss of collagen and elastin in our skin. Thankfully, modern aesthetic medicine offers a number of solutions for aging skin including:

  • Radio-Frequency treatments to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles including crows feet
  • Morpheus 8 microneedling to reduce the size and appearance of bags under the eyes (eyelid festoons) and tighten droopy or hooded eyelids
  • IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment to reduce or eliminate pigment spots, blemishes and redness from rosacea
  • Medical grade skin care products to reduce inflammation and stimulate collagen regeneration in the skin

We are proud to have an experienced Medical Aesthetician who can talk to you about non-surgical solutions to help you look and feel your best!

Droopy Eyelids

Droopy eyelids as we age are most often due to the loss of collagen and elastin building blocks under our skin. This natural loss of connective tissue and fat under the skin causes it to fold over itself and create weight pulling the eyelids down. This can also be compounded as we lose structure in the connective tissue that holds back the fat above the eyelids (see diagram below).

If the eyelid drooping is significant enough to reach the top of your pupil, it can restrict the top half of your field of vision. At this point, surgery to remove the skin and lift the eyelid is the ideal treatment. There would be 1-2 weeks of downtime to allow the tissue to heal and swelling and bruising to reduce.

However, if the drooping is less severe and treated early, we can get great results with a non-surgical treatment such as Morpheus 8. This 15 minute procedure uses radio-frequency microneedling to remodel the deep layers of the skin. This stimulates collagen and elastin production to tighten and lift the tissue around the eyelids. It can be done in office with topical anaesthetic and has little to no downtime. 2 to 3 treatments a few weeks apart are ideal in order to achieve lasting results. The image below shows reduction in both the lid drooping and the appearance of under eye bags.

Loss of Structure from Aging
Before and After Morpheus Treatment

Bags and dark circles under the Eyes

Eyelid bags are a result from thinning of the skin and increased visibility of the vessels and fluid retained underneath. Much like other areas of thinning skin, the appearance can be improved by stimulating new collagen synthesis. This makes the skin thicker, tighter, and less apt to retain fluid. This can be done with Morpheus8 radiofrequency treatments and maintained with the use of medical grade skin care products containing peptides and retinols.

Dark circles under the eyes can also occur with the use of certain glaucoma drops. This hyperpigmentation can be controlled with skin care products containing hydroquinone and collagen stimulating peptides. These products must be used under the supervision of a skin care professional in order to ensure safety as they can cause permanent skin color changes.

Before and After Morpheus Treatment

Ocular Rosacea

Ocular Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes dysfunction of the oil producing glands in the eyelids. It often causes the eyelid margin to appear red, and it is the leading cause of dry eye disease. Ocular rosacea is almost always associated with facial rosacea.

Facial rosacea results in the appearance of redness, often on the cheeks and nose. Over time, the inflammation can result in scar tissue formation, including enlargement of the tip of the nose (rhinophyma). In the past, inflammation was treated with varying degrees of success with medicated creams and oral antibiotics and/or drugs such as Accutane. However, the side effects profile of many of these medications outweighs the short term benefits.

IPL (Intense pulsed light) treatment is now considered one of the best ways to treat both the inflammation and the redness associated with Rosacea. We use IPL to treat dry eye disease as well as the redness associated with facial rosacea.

Before and After IPL Treatment

There are many other skin conditions that can be treated. Come in and talk to us about your goals!