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Eye Wrinkles

What are the types of Eye Wrinkles? Our eyes are constantly opening and closing every time we blink.  Plus, when we smile and make other facial expressions, our eyes have a role too.  All this movement eventually causes wrinkles in the skin around the eyes.  The eye is surrounded by a circular muscle that acts to open and close the eyelid.  The wrinkles that result from its movement, tend to form in lines radiating from the center of the eye.  These eye wrinkles can run up to the eyebrow and down to the cheek.  These under eye wrinkles are better known as Crows Feet. What causes Eye Wrinkles? Did you ever wonder why children don’t have eye wrinkles as they are constantly opening and closing their eyes too?  The answer is contained in the overall condition of the elasticity of the skin.  Children have a lot of elasticity and their skin easily and readily bounces back after movement.  However, as we age, we lose that elasticity and after a movement, the skin remains folded and an under eye wrinkle eventually forms. What causes the loss of skin elasticity? The easy answer is the sun.  Damaging UV rays from the sun, damage the two main components of the skin, collagen and elastin.  These proteins are the building blocks of skin and are critical for healthy, youthful appearing skin.   Sun damage not only damages collagen and elastin in the skin, but also decreases their production.  The result of the loss of collagen and elastin is skin that loses its elasticity and allows eye wrinkles to form. What can we do to treat eye wrinkles? There are several approaches to treat eye wrinkles.  The first involves relaxing the circular eye muscle around the eye that causes them.  Our goal is to relax the muscle’s movement, not paralyze it.  Botox and Xeomin, are well known neuromodulators that can serve this purpose.  A few relatively painless injections of Botox or Xeomin placed around the eye can help to reduce eye wrinkles and more importantly, prevent new eye wrinkles.  Botox and Xeomin last around 3-4 months, and continued maintenance is required.  If the wrinkles are real deep, then a dermal filler like Juvederm may be required.  Fillers like Juvederm can fill in the wrinkles and also replace lost under eye volume.  Botox and Juvederm work the best together to completely erase eye wrinkles. The other treatment for eye wrinkles is to improve the elasticity of the skin around the eye.  The easiest first step is to use an eye cream.  The most effective eye cream is a retinol or retinoid based product.  Retinol and retinoids actually activate the skin cells to produce new collagen and elastin, actually rejuvenating the skin.  There are many other products that are complementary to retinols and retinoids like Vitamin C, peptides, etc.  Of course none of these products are useful if you do not prevent more sun damage with a sunscreen. More advanced cases of sun damage and eye wrinkles, require procedures that can stimulate even more collagen production.  These procedures include chemical peels, microneedling and laser resurfacing.  Chemical peels can remove several layers of skin and sun damage, replacing it with new skin.  Microneedling involves the use of tiny needles that penetrate the lower layer of skin, the dermis.  The dermis is where collagen and elastin are produced, and the trauma from the microneedles induces the skin cells to produce more.  When the wrinkles and sun damage are severe, laser resurfacing may be needed.  Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing uses tiny laser beams to not only stimulate collagen and elastic production in the dermis, but to also remove the upper layers of the skin.  Each of these procedures have varying levels of discomfort and downtime, and a free consultation can help you decide on the best procedure for your needs.…

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Christie Brinkley Named Spokeswoman for Ultherapy

ULTHERAPY: NON-INVASIVE SKIN TIGHTENING As you may have seen in the news last October, Christie Brinkley came forward to People Magazine about her experience with two anti-aging procedures: Ultherapy and Xeomin. While this news may have come as a shock to most people, for me, I was relieved! For years Brinkley, 63, has claimed her anti-aging secrets include a strict vegetarian diet, an intense fitness schedule, and an over-the-top skin care regimen with the occasional filler and laser treatment. I always thought there might be more to the story and I praise her for her honesty. I personally underwent Ultherapy for the first time almost three weeks ago on my crow’s-feet and under my eyes. For years I have battled fine lines under my eyes and they have always bothered me. I have almost tried every noninvasive procedure (except filler) and I am not interested going under the knife at this point. To be clear, I receive regular Botox treatments, I have consistently used of top-of-the-line eye creams and gels since I was 19, I have had Microneedling with PRP, and I also had PRP injections under my eyes last July. I still have fine lines under my eyes. I realize we are all our own worst critics, but everyone’s got their “thing” and my under-eye lines bother me. I am 33 years old now and I know those lines are just going to get worse, so I opted to try Ultherapy, to see what Christie Brinkley has been raving about. And, let’s be honest. I am working for a top-ranked medical spa, there’s no excuse not to try everything, right!? Before I get into my experience with Ultherapy at Beleza, let’s break down the basics of the procedure so everyone is on the same page. WHAT IS ULTHERAPY? Ultherapy is a non-invasive / nonsurgical procedure using ultrasound technology to lift the brows and mid-face and tighten the neck and area under the chin. It also can treat fine lines and wrinkles in the décolletage area. What I like about this innovative technology is that it uses your body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually lift skin and smooth lines and wrinkles. It is also the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the FDA to actually lift skin — who knew!? HOW DOES ULTHERAPY WORK? Ultherapy uses ultrasound imaging to pass energy through the superficial layers of the skin to target the deeper, core area where collagen production occurs. What is great about Ultherapy being the only cosmetic procedure to use ultrasound imaging is that it allows your provider to see the layers of tissue being targeted to ensure the energy is distributed where it will be most beneficial. During the procedure, your tissue will undergo what is called “neocollagenesis,” which is the increased production of new collagen. Over time, this increase produces a noticeably rejuvenated, uplifted look, which is exactly what you want to happen! DOES ULTHERAPY HURT? This is a hard question to answer. To be perfectly honest, yes, there were parts that were uncomfortable, but looking back at my procedure, it really was not bad at all! To be effective, Ultherapy must heat the deeper layer of tissues under your skin, so it will definitely cause some discomfort in particular areas. For a regular treatment, the provider will typically do two passes over the treatment area, each at a different transducer lever. At an additional charge, you can opt for a third pass over the area, which is what I decided to do since I wanted the best treatment I could get. In a nutshell: The first pass was a cakewalk, the second pass started to get uncomfortable (not unbearable), and by the third pass when my tissues were extremely heated, I definitely felt discomfort, but it was over before I knew it. That said, I would do it again in a heartbeat and truly do not think there is anyone in the world who could not handle this procedure. The good thing is that the discomfort only lasts for a second and then it’s over. ULTHERAPY SIDE EFFECTS After my Ultherapy treatment, I had some redness and mild swelling under my eyes and on my crow’s-feet that lasted only a few hours or so. I actually liked the swelling because it made my cheek bones pop and I even had two people ask me if I had gotten Voluma that day! The following week I noticed I was sensitive under the skin where we did the procedure. Nothing intolerable at all, but definitely noticeable when I would apply my products and sunscreen. Other than that, no side effects or downtime whatsoever. CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AND ULTHERAPY What I love about Christie Brinkley coming forward as the spokeswoman for Ultherapy is that her goal was “never to look different,” says the model to People Magazine. Ultherapy uses your body’s own ability to regenerate collagen, so there is nothing artificial about it. Brinkley tells People Magazine, “But I’m almost 64. At a certain point, you might need a little something extra. When I look in the mirror, I want to feel like I look as good as I feel. And if you can have something done to feel more confident and better about yourself,…

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