NONSURGICAL TECHNIQUE CAN TAKE YEARS OFF THE APPEARANCE OF AGING EYES
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 03:03
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 a recent 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.
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, the injected fat may actually grow as the patient ages or gains weight, resulting in unevenness in the brow area.
Hyaluronic acid has been used to treat the brow and upper lid since its introduction in 2005, using a technique similar to that of fat injections. In the brow area, HA has been shown to produce long-lasting results, extending beyond two years. In addition, the effects of HA can be reversed immediately, using hyaluronidase (an enzyme that degrades hyaluronic acid), should the patient be displeased with the volumization effect.
The use of injectable fillers in the brow is a complicated process and requires great skill and experience. Because of its dependency on technique, only qualified injectors and a board-certified plastic surgeon should be performing this procedure. When performed properly and by appropriate medical professionals, the use of HA fillers is safe, effective, and produces long-lasting results
For Immediate Release: October 27, 2009
An ASPS Member Surgeon since 1982, Dr. McGuire has held board positions including Vice President of Communications and Member Services, Secretary, and Member-at-Large, and has been a member of numerous ASPS Committees, including Government Affairs, Leadership Development, and Publications. In addition, Dr. McGuire is currently a member of the Cosmetic Surgery Alliance, and serves on the Patient Safety, Public Education, and Quality and Performance Measurement Committees, among others.
Dr. McGuire has been in practice for 29 years and acquired his American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification in 1981. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his general and plastic surgery internship at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. McGuire also completed two fellowships-one in plastic surgery research at Stanford University and the other, a traveling fellowship, at Canniesburn Hospital in Scotland.
Though his private practice today is principally aesthetic surgery, Dr. McGuire’s scholarly interests are reconstructive in nature – as his focus at UCLA is teaching cleft lip and palate reconstruction to medical students and residents. Dr. McGuire spent 19 years as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Olive View/UCLA Medical Center, where he founded the cleft palate team in 1983.
Dr. McGuire’s personal accomplishments include serving as President of both the California Society of Plastic Surgeons and of the AAAASF, the accrediting body of ambulatory surgical facilities. He was also Founder and President of Surgery Facilities Resources, and President and Chair of the Board of California’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. Additionally, Dr. McGuire is a founding patron of the Los Angeles Opera and he collects Asian art and antiques. He is an avid traveler and gardener, and enjoys spending time at the beach in Santa Monica, where he currently resides. An ASPS Member Surgeon since 1982, Dr. McGuire has held board positions including Vice President of Communications and Member Services, Secretary, and Member-at-Large, and has been a member of numerous ASPS Committees, including Government Affairs, Leadership Development, and Publications. In addition, Dr. McGuire is currently a member of the Cosmetic Surgery Alliance, and serves on the Patient Safety, Public Education, and Quality and Performance Measurement Committees, among others.