Save Money With This Non-Surgical Treatment For Droopy Eyelids

This technique was pioneered by Dr Bruce Katz, using a fractional CO2 resurfacing laser to treat dark circles and loose wrinkled skin under the eyes, crows’ feet and droopy eyelids without recourse to surgical blepharoplasty.


* Individual Results May Vary

How it works:

The Smartxide DOT CO2 laser creates a series of microscopic channels into the skin above and below the eyes, the eyelid itself, and the skin above the brow- causing immediate shrinkage of loose skin and stimulating the development of collagen, which, in turn, smooths out fine lines and wrinkles.

During the procedure, the eye is protected by a steel contact lens, known as a “corneal shield”; and the whole procedure, which takes an average of 10 minutes, is done under topical anaesthesia (a powerful numbing gel applied to the skin around the eye, for 30 minutes prior to the laser treatment).

Following treatment, the skin around the eye will be red and slightly puffy for about 2 days, followed by another 2 or 3 days of flakiness, which can be covered up by make-up.

A series of treatments (between 3-5, depending on the degree of laxity of the skin), will be required at 2-4 week intervals, to achieve the desired effect.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?
Some patients will experience a mild prickly sensation, but the vast majority of patients find the procedure very tolerable, as the gel is very powerful. If you are nervous, we can pre-medicate with a mild relaxing pill.
Will it damage my eyes?
The surface of the eye is well protected by a steel shield, so there is no fear of damage to the cornea.
How do you put in the corneal shields?
We instill a couple of numbing eye drops seconds before slipping the shields under the top lid; you won’t feel them on the surface of the eye.
Can anyone have this procedure?

Some people are better suited for a surgical procedure known as a blepharoplasty: Eg: patients with excessive droopiness (ptosis) of the upper lids; persons with bulging fatty deposits under the eyes ( infra-orbital fat pads)- patients whose lower eyelid droops (ectropion). The doctor will advise you at the time of consultation whether you would be a suitable candidate. Anyone who has had recent Lasik eye surgery will have to wait until the corneal flap has healed before inserting corneal shields. Patients with an active Herpes infection (cold sore, shingles) will not be treated.