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No one is a fan of the aging process. Men and women alike constantly fight the idea and reality of growing old. As the years start to show themselves on our face there isn’t anything you wouldn’t consider to help turn back the time. When we reach a certain age, which of course varies for each of us, a telltale sign of the years under our belt (and stresses that came with it) is our eyes. Once the focal point of our aesthetic, the eyes are now the place where wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet grow.
It is also the place that lets the world know just how fatigued we might be by its drooping skin and puffy circles. In the past, many have turned to traditional eyelid surgery to help restore conditions resulting from aging, but such invasive procedures leave many weary of costs involved, side effects and recovery time. Now however, men and women have been turning to non-invasive procedures to save them time and money.
At the JUVA Skin and Laser Center we have been working with fractional CO2 lasers to pioneer “The Madonna Lift,” a new fractional eyelift procedure that acts as a safe and effective alternative to traditional eyelid surgery. Fractional CO2 works by using laser beam-like columns, targeting a very specific area while leaving surrounding tissue intact. These beams eliminate damaged collagen and elastic fibers in the skin so that fresh tissue with new elasticity can grow back in its place. As a result, the Madonna Lift dramatically reduces the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, tightens upper and lower eyelid skin, and helps to elevate drooping eyebrows.
Whereas surgical procedures can often take at least two weeks to heal with a painful recovery process, this non-surgical procedure takes only days and is virtually painless. The only anesthesia needed for the Madonna Lift is topical numbing cream that is applied to the eyelids, making it a safe and effective alternative to traditional eyelid surgery without many of the risks, scarring and downtime.
In order to achieve the best results from the Madonna Lift, three to five sessions are recommended, delivered at two to three week intervals. With results you have to see to believe, this quick and easy procedure is helping patients find their own version of the Fountain of Youth and have left them thrilled to look in the mirror.
Dr. Bruce Katz is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Director of the Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Director of the JUVA Skin & Laser Center in New York.