Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty in Phoenix
Also serving Scottsdale, AZ
For many patients with age-related cosmetic concerns, non-surgical options are an appealing alternative to surgical correction. If you find yourself struggling with fine lines, wrinkles, bags, hollows or dark circles under your eyes, non-surgical blepharoplasty may be appropriate.
Dr. Ali Ghafouri is one of Arizona’s premier facial plastic surgeons. Read on to explore how Dr. Ghafouri can use non-surgical techniques to rejuvenate and restore your natural youthful appearance.
What Is Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty?
Traditional blepharoplasty is a surgery designed to remedy loose skin, bags or dark circles under the eyes. In a surgical blepharoplasty, a surgeon will redeposit the displaced fat and remove excess fat and skin from around your eyes to smooth out the transition between the upper cheek and lower eye area. This is done to reverse the effects of early aging — as you age, the skin thins and fat can become displaced, causing noticeable pockets or bulging.
But surgical blepharoplasty typically requires at least one to two weeks to recover fully. For obvious reasons, a non-surgical blepharoplasty may be an attractive alternative for many patients.
A non-surgical blepharoplasty requires little to no downtime. Instead of surgery, your facial plastic surgeon will use a series of injectable fillers to treat wrinkles, hollows, dark circles, fine lines and undereye bags. Unlike a traditional blepharoplasty, you won’t need to worry about an extended recovery time or post-operative limitations. Dr. Ghafouri has the experience and skill set to make your procedure as smooth as possible.
The Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty Procedure
Every procedure is based on the patient’s specific needs and requirements. During the initial consultation, you and Dr. Ghafouri will explore the treatment plan best suited to your unique situation. For some patients, it is wise to combine other non-surgical cosmetic procedures to optimize results. These may include chemical peels, radiofrequency microneedling and other skin laser resurfacing techniques.
Once your treatment plan is finalized, you’ll want to schedule an in-office visit for your procedure. Most non-surgical blepharoplasties take less than an hour.
Your non-surgical blepharoplasty begins with a topical anesthetic administered to the treatment area. Once you are numb, your doctor will mark the injection sites and prepare the fillers. The actual injection process is quick. Once the process is complete, Dr. Ghafouri will give you clear instructions for the recovery process.
What Fillers Are Used?
Dr. Ghafouri prefers to use only the most reliable and stable fillers available on the market. The best fillers for eyelid lifts are hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. HA fillers are temporary, easily absorbed by the body and have higher safety profiles. Some types of fillers with specific viscosity and other unique characteristics are best used around the eyes.
Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty Recovery Process
One of the great benefits of a non-surgical cosmetic procedure is the short recovery time. You can expect some minor discomfort, bruising and swelling immediately after your non-surgical eyelid lift.
As a general rule, it’s recommended that you avoid difficult physical exercise for 24 hours following your treatment. Do your best to avoid any other cosmetic treatments for at least two weeks as well. Our office staff will schedule a follow-up visit at your convenience.
How Long Will the Effects Last?
Like most non-surgical treatments that use injectable fillers, you can expect your non-surgical blepharoplasty results to last at least nine months to one year. Around the eyes, fillers tend to last longer than other parts of face. We have seen some products last two to three years. Longevity varies from patient to patient and mostly depends on your own metabolism and breakdown of the products. If you’re happy with the results, contact our office to schedule a touch-up appointment at your convenience. If you’d like to modify or change your existing fillers, Dr. Ghafouri can use a special enzyme to dissolve your fillers (provided they are hyaluronic acid-based fillers) and then re-administer them.
What Other Procedures Address Common Signs of Aging?
Depending on your needs, you may want to consider additional non-surgical procedures to help restore your natural, youthful appearance.
Fillers themselves are unable to treat some other common signs of aging. For example, it’s not uncommon for patients to receive laser skin resurfacing in addition to non-surgical eyelid lifts. Medical lasers, radiofrequency microneedles and chemical peels can all be used to revitalize your facial skin. It’s also not uncommon for some patients to seek out Botox injections, particularly in places where fillers are not ideal (crow’s feet around the eyes, for example).
Is a Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty Right for Me?
Fillers are one the ways to improve the early signs of aging around eyes, but there are some limitations to the procedure and not everyone is a good candidate.
If you’re interested in a permanent solution to under-eye bags, circles or hollows, you may want to consider a surgical alternative. On the other hand, many patients enjoy the freedom that temporary injectable fillers offer. As always, feel free to contact our office to learn more about the benefits of a non-surgical versus surgical treatment plan.
Contact Us to Learn More About Your Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty
Interested in learning more about a non-surgical blepharoplasty? As an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Ghafouri’s combination of experience, attention to detail and leading-edge technology makes him uniquely qualified.
To learn more about eyelid surgery and the financing options we offer, schedule an appointment with us. Contact Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists by calling today!