- 1 Benefits of IdealEyes
- 2 Conditions Treated
- 3 IdealEyes Treatment Under Comfort Calm Local Anesthesia
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions
IdealEyes℠ is the ideal way to treat undereye bags, puffyness, and circles, leaving you with a rested and healthy look. This unique, non-surgical approach creates lasting correction of thin skin, lines and wrinkles, puffyness, hollowed out eyes, and dark circles.
Benefits of IdealEyes
As we age, our faces experience changes to underlying structures, which work together in concert, to create an older look. At Reflections, our facial plastic surgery team works to address all of the underlying causes of an aging appearance, rebuilding a youthful face, from the foundation to the finishing touches, to create a lasting, natural look.
IdealEyes combines Fat Transfer with CO2 Ablative Laser Skin Rejuvenation to restore a naturally youthful look to the underye, without the risks, costs, and downtime of traditional blepharoplasty (lower eyelid) surgery.
As we age, the fat from the edge of our lower eyelids down to the cheekbone loses volume, creating an uneven surface and excess skin. Sometimes what we think is puffy excess fat in the undereye area, is actually the underlying tissue structures, which are curved mounds, becoming more prominent as we lose the smooth, soft layer of fat between skin and muscle. This loss of volume makes wrinkles and folds in the skin more apparent, and casts shadows which can lead to a darkened appearance.
This loss of volume leads skin to wrinkle and sag. Traditionally, lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), removes this loose skin, and often even removes what little fat remains. This creates a gaunt, hollowed appearance, and makes you look different, not younger. By understanding the changes to the anatomy that occur during the aging process, it becomes clear that the results you desire – a naturally youthful underye – require careful repair of the changes caused by aging, and that making surgical alterations that move you further away from the original anatomy will only produce a different look, not a restoration of the youthful anatomy.
Dark circles can appear darker due to shadows, but the purple hue some people experience is actually due to blood pooling under very thin skin, with little to no fat between the skin and blood vessels. This is addressed during the IdealEyes treatment by thickening the skin with a laser treatment, and replacing the missing fat between the blood vessels and skin.
Wrinkled and Thinning Skin
The delicate skin around the eyes grows thinner with age. Sun damage and dehydration degrades the skin’s natural abilities to repair itself, making it more sensitive, dull, and crepey. The laser skin resurfacing portion of the IdealEyes treatment works to erase sun damage, tighten up loose skin, and rebuild lost collagen, for thicker, plump, smooth skin. The fat transferred to the undereye replaces the lost volume that contributes to the severity of wrinkles.
Together, these two processes smooth away wrinkles, looseness, and uneven tone and texture, as well as thickening the skin and restoring normal elasticity.
IdealEyes Treatment Under Comfort Calm Local Anesthesia
The IdealEyes procedure is performed under Comfort Calm Local Anesthesia by Dr. Mark Karolak, a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, in our private, state-of-the-art surgical suite, located in our Martinsville & Livingston offices in New Jersey. Comfort Calm Local Anesthesia allows our patients to be comfortably relaxed but gently awake during their treatment, and this contributes to a safer procedure with more natural results and a shortened recovery period.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit from IdealEyes?
The majority of changes to the undereye are caused by genetic factors, although sun damage can play a role as well. Unfortunately, that means many young patients experience these concerns, as well as older patients. IdealEyes allows the surgeon to recreate a natural and timeless look, which benefits patients of all ages. Because IdealEyes is a minimally invasive procedure, it easily fits into busy schedules, providing a shortened recovery period compared to other undereye procedures.
Is IdealEyes a surgery? How is it different than traditional blepharoplasty (lower eyelid) surgery?
IdealEyes is an alternative to traditional surgery for the lower lid, called blepharoplasty. IdealEyes corrects the changes that occur to the anatomy of the undereye during the aging process, to create a naturally youthful appearance that lasts, without incisions, removal of any skin, or general anesthesia.
What if I’ve been told my dark circles and undereye bags are caused by allergies?
Patients with allergies tend to experience the worst dark circles under the eye. This is because of the inflammation of eyes and nearby sinuses, which contribute to puffyness and stagnation of blood in capillaries which are inflamed. For these patients, combining the IdealEyes procedure with a long-term allergy relief protocol will yield the best results.
The IdealEyes procedure allows your plastic surgeon to repair the damage to tissues caused by constant rubbing of eyes, inflammation, and poor sleep.
Our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Karolak, is Board Certified in both plastic surgery and Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery). His dedicated focus to facial plastic surgery throughout his career has allowed him to perfect the art of Cosmetic Medicine which addresses aging by correcting each of the underlying causes of symptoms. You will find repairing the structural changes to your undereye imparts positive lasting change that is comfortable, and feels and looks like a naturally younger you.
Pairing IdealEyes with an allergy-relief protocol, usually prescribed and managed by a dedicated physician allergist, will allow you to treat current inflammation, and prevent future flares. This is the key to a healthy, beautiful underage.