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Fractioned Skin Resurfacing for the Eyes

As you age, your skin can develop cracks, lines, and wrinkles. This is most often due to normal aging, but it can be exacerbated by genetic and environmental factors. This is especially true around your eyes, due to the sheer amount of activity your eyes perform. When you think about it, your eyes are moving almost twenty four hours a day (even during sleep, your eyes are moving rapidly). The solution for these lines and wrinkles can be a relatively novel laser procedure known as fractional skin resurfacing. By specializing in fractional skin resurfacing around the eyes, Dr. Rostami and Dr. Nazemzadeh are able to provide patients with wonderful results that brighten up the entire face.

Fractional laser systems, such as Fraxel, are a relatively recent addition to the pantheon of cosmetic procedures available to patients. These laser systems are able to mitigate lines and wrinkles without many of the unpleasant complications and discomfort associated with previous laser systems. This is especially important for patients who want to eliminate lines and wrinkles around the eyes–a particularly sensitive area of the face. Fractional skin resurfacing is a safe, effective, and non-invasive way to address line and wrinkles around the eyes, therefore making the eyes look brighter and the face more youthful. At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, Dr. Rostami and Dr. Nazemzadeh have multiple fractional laser systems at their disposal to choose from. The decision as to which system is chosen is dependent on the patient’s skin type/color, depth of fine lines and wrinkles, and the patient’s desired effect. The treatments allow for a renewal of the skin’s surface and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re interested in what fractional skin resurfacing can do you for your eyes, contact Dr. Rostami or Dr. Nazemzadeh to schedule a confidential consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for Fractional Skin Resurfacing?

There are many options to mitigate lines and wrinkles around the eyes, including surgical blepharoplasty. Fractional skin resurfacing has several key traits that can make it a good choice for patients, including the ability to broadly rejuvenate skin. Not only are mild lines eliminated, but the skin itself looks smoother and more radiant. In fact, these laser treatments have the following benefits:

  • Even out skin tone and improve skin texture
  • Remove age spots or dark spots (including, in some cases, birthmarks)
  • Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Encourage the formation of youthful new skin
  • Remove dark or red splotches
  • Pain and discomfort from these procedures are usually quite minimal

If these benefits align with your desired results (and how you’d like to get there), then it’s quite possible that fractional skin resurfacing, as performed in our Northern Virginia cosmetic center, could be the best available treatment for you. To learn more about fractional skin resurfacing and whether it is a good fit for your desired results, contact Dr. Nazemzadeh or Dr. Rostami to schedule a confidential consultation.

The Fractional Laser Resurfacing Procedure

In most cases, your fractional laser resurfacing procedure will begin with a detailed consultation, during which you will discuss your desired final outcome as well as what you can expect during your fractional laser resurfacing treatment. Your actual procedure will likely be scheduled on a separate date, as the procedure can take anywhere from one to two hours, depending on the fractional laser resurfacing device used and the size of the area to be treated.

Before treatment begins, a topical numbing agent may be applied to mitigate discomfort on the part of the patient. Additionally, cold air will be used during the procedure to “soothe” the skin on which the treatment is being performed. The fractional laser resurfacing device will then be used–via a handpiece–to mitigate lines and wrinkles. In essence, the handpiece will be moved slowly and methodically over the target area. It’s important that you get your laser resurfacing treatment from an experienced and expert medical professional, such as Dr. Rostami or Dr. Nazemzadeh, as this procedure could conceivably lead to skin burns, eyelid scarring, and changes in eyelid position in the wrong hands.

Depending on the area to be treated, the procedure itself will take roughly an hour (maybe two for larger areas). The energy from the fractional laser system targets each layer of skin individually, giving surgeons excellent control over how deep the treatment should go. For skin around the eyes, several passes may be required in order to get your desired results.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing Recovery and Results

Once the procedure is finished, patients are allowed to immediately return home. Few restrictions are placed on activities immediately following your laser resurfacing, however, your skin may appear red (many patients relate the look and feel of skin after fractional laser resurfacing to that of a sunburn). However, this redness and any bruising or swelling should subside in a matter of a few days. There may additionally be “peeling” of the skin, but this too should subside in a few days.

Once the older skin peels away, the skin revealed beneath will look far more vibrant and youthful. This is because skin has an amazing ability to heal and rejuvenate, and that’s exactly what happens with fractional laser resurfacing; the skin below the layers removed is fresh and youthful. When performed around the eyes, not only can this procedure eliminate modest lines and wrinkles, but it can make your skin look replenished and rejuvenated. You will look younger, better rested, more alert, and happier. And, even better, by creating this effect around your eyes, your entire face will benefit.

If you’re wondering what a fractional laser resurfacing treatment can do for you, contact the nationally recognized eyelid experts Dr. Rostami or Dr. Nazemzadeh to schedule a confidential consultation, during which they will be sure to answer all of your questions. If you want work performed on your eyelids, the best place to go is to the eyelid experts!

I have visited numerous facilities and doctors, and I have found the right one for me. I received eyelid surgery and brow lift by Dr. Rostami and the results are amazing and very natural looking. I am impressed with Dr. Rostami's surgical skill not to mention her warm personality. I have complete trust in her and look forward to my upcoming lower facelift.

Robin H.