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Laser Treatment For Undereye Bags And Festoons

A simple procedure that may transform tired eyes and shave years off your appearance.

Many of us suffer from dark circles and puffiness under the eyes - giving off the appearance of being tired or looking unhealthy. Puffy bags under the eyes are also called festoons and can now be treated in a quick and simple procedure that has a relatively short downtime, rejuvenating not only the eyes but transforming the face as well.

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Actual Festoons Treatment Results With Sciton Contour Laser By Dr. Adam Scheiner


Recently seen on The Dr. Oz Show, treatment for festoons can be easily performed with the Sciton Contour laser. Tampa Bay facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Adam Scheiner combines a lower eyelid lift with a laser treatment to treat dark and puffy bags, or festoons, under the eyes.

"The procedure for Festoons can be life-changing because this medical problem has confounded many patients and their physicians for years," states Dr. Scheiner, " A lot of individuals with this condition have just given up trying to find a doctor to help with them."

The procedure is in actuality a two-part process. "During lower eyelid rejuvenation, we first reposition or very conservatively remove a small amount of fat from the inside of the lower eyelid," describes Dr. Scheiner. During the second step, Dr. Scheiner treats the external skin of the lower eyelid with the Contour erbium ablative laser from Sciton. "We intentionally injure the skin on the lower eyelid with the laser - just enough to stimulate it to re-grow itself with brand new skin."

While there are different types of laser skin resurfacing, each procedure creates controlled wounding to the skin. As new collagen and skin grows, the result is refreshed brand new skin that has grown from the bottom up. Dr. Scheiner refers to the process as the skin "resetting" itself to allow for new skin to take the place of the aged and damaged skin.

Dr. Scheiner also stresses the importance of the addition of the laser treatment to traditional eyelid surgery, "People who suffer from festoons often also have external skin damage in that delicate eye area and if that skin condition isn't addressed at the same time as their blepharoplasty, the results are not as strong and in some cases, patients can look worse than before."

"Traditional surgeries have had less than optimal results on the treating Festoons. If a physician has a deep understanding of wound healing, it is possible to treat the tissue in a specific way and then coax the skin into healing in a tighter and more vibrant form," states Dr. Scheiner. "By applying this technique and taking advantage of the latest advances in laser application, it is possible to dramatically treat what is a troublesome facial condition. The procedure results in newly created skin, when the wound has healed, and the patient now looks younger, not tired or haggard, and has increased self-confidence."

According to Dr. Scheiner, it takes about 10 minutes to perform the procedure and most patients are healed within 2 weeks. Results should last many years, if the patient is diligent with avoiding sun damage. Follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor any potential complications and treatment cost for festoons is approximately $5,000, depending on complexity of the condition.