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Nonsurgical Technique Can Take Years Off the Appearance of Aging Eyes
Date:8/17/2009

Volumizing the Brow with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

New York, NY (Vocus) August 17, 2009 -- As one ages, the characteristics of the eyes change in generally predictable ways: the skin thins and becomes less elastic, brows may descend, the upper lid may recede or enlarge, and the bones around the eyes appear more prominent. While surgery has long been the accepted standard and offers significant benefits to many patients, injectable treatments are proving to be a viable option for taking years off the appearance of aging eyes. An article appearing in the current issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), details the use of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers as a reliable and long-lasting method for improving the eye area.

"In some cases, the addition of volume may provide a better-looking result than traditional surgical procedures," says Val Lambros, MD, author of the article and a plastic surgeon practicing in Newport Beach, California. "Although the upper lid can be improved with injections, the area we treat is the brow. In some cases, filling in the brow expands the lid skin sufficiently to smooth wrinkles."

According to Dr. Lambros, adding volume in the brow area can make the eye appear longer and fuller with less upper lid showing, all characteristics of a youthful eye. However, as in all cosmetic procedures, there is no "one size fits all" approach. "These are true aesthetic choices that must be decided through the patient's consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon," advises Dr. Lambros.

Since the 1980s, the standard method for volumizing the brow line has been by fat injection. Excellent results can be achieved using this method. The risk with fat injections, however, is that over time some of the fat may not survive. In some cases,
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