Often people may think they have too much skin in the lower eyelids when their problem is not excess skin, but wrinkles or rhytids. Fine lines in the lower eyelids can be smoothed over with a chemical or laser peel of the skin.
Moderate strength TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peels of the skin help to lessen fine lines and decrease some of the hyperpigmented brown spots. A peel may be performed in conjunction with other surgery or as a separate office procedure.
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
The most advanced carbon dioxide laser is used to precisely and safely perform cosmetic skin resurfacing. A powerful beam of light vaporizes or "paints away" wrinkles, lines, sun damage and other defects. This smoothes out the surface of the skin and stimulates the formation of new collagen and healthier, younger looking skin. One may need to have a very light laser resurfacing to reduce wrinkles or a stronger procedure actually shrinking and tightening the skin. This may be done in a localized region or the entire face may be treated. If the latter is chosen, Dr. McKinstry performs a feathering beneath the jaw onto the neck so that lasered skin gradually blends into the skin of the non-treated area. A stronger CO2 laser resurfacing peel which can remove up to 60% of wrinkles takes longer to heal than some of the other cosmetic procedures. One can normally expect peeling and oozing for 7-10 or up to 14 days. The erythema or pink color which fades in 8-12 weeks may be concealed with makeup.