Emory Eye Center's highly-skilled oculoplastic physicians, also known as eye plastic or oculo-facial surgeons, perform both plastic (reconstructive) and cosmetic facial surgery on the structures and area around the eyes to correct abnormalities and aesthetically enhance the appearance of patients. They are also specialists in nonsurgical, cosmetic facial services that counteract the normal effects of aging to create a natural, healthier, more youthful appearance.
Botulinum toxin (Botox® was the first commercial product) has been used in medical applications for more than 20 years. Ted Wojno, MD, director of Oculoplastics, Orbital and Cosmetic Surgery at Emory Eye Center, co-authored the seminal paper, in 1984, on the groundbreaking research on the clinical use of Botox® in the eye area.
Botulinum toxin A contains the same virus that causes botulism. Injections block nerve impulses in an isolated area. In cosmetic applications, injections are used to temporarily improve horizontal forehead lines, the vertical "fret-line" between eyebrows, and "crow's-feet" at the outer corners of the eyes. Within three days after injections, patients should see a difference that can last three to four months, sometimes longer.
Botox® Cosmetic , Dysport®, and Xeomin® are FDA-approved for the treatment of facial wrinkles. They are used to soften laugh lines, "crow's feet," forehead wrinkles, lip wrinkles and more in both men and women. While these three products have botulinum toxin A in common, they have important differences. Your physician will determine the product that would be best suited to your condition.
As individuals age, they develop excess skin that overhangs their eyelids and lashes, particularly their upper eyelids. Puffy bags and dark circles develop beneath the eyes. These conditions give a tired or unhealthy appearance. Upper eyelid sagging may also significantly obstruct range of vision.
To help correct these conditions, a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty is used to remove excess skin and fat from eyelids. If desirable, low eyebrows can also be surgically raised. Blepharoplasty may include surgery on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both, rejuvenating the eye area and resulting in a more vibrant, rested, healthier appearance.
Facial fillers provide needed filling in or contouring of the face. They are used to minimize facial wrinkles and folds, such as lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds), deeper frown lines, and shadows around the eyes.
Facial peels are nonsurgical cosmetic resurfacing techniques that can be performed as outpatient procedures. Removing facial wrinkles doesn't have to mean stretched skin and a plastic look. Sun damage, fine wrinkles, acne scarring, age spots, uneven pigmentation and other facial imperfections can be erased or improved with facial peels, which remove the damaged top layers of skin to restore a more youthful appearance.
LatisseTM is a topical medication used to grow longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes.
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Emory Healthcare recently acquired Paces Plastic Surgery Center in the Buckhead area. Emory has had an ongoing relationship with the surgeons who practice there for many years, and the acquisition is a natural next step in developing a presence in the northwest metro area. Focusing primarily on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, the center will include members of Emory Eye Center's oculoplastics section, bringing oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic treatments to the location.
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