There are many trends in cosmetic surgery, but none more significant than the use of dermal fillers to soften wrinkles, fill deep lines and make lips look full and fresh.
Dr. Louis M DeJoseph of Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery stay on the cutting edge of advanced techniques in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Over the last several years these world-renowned facial plastic surgeons have developed and perfected several non-surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation including the “VUE” — Volumizing Under-Eye Enhancement — and the “NSFL” — Non-Surgical Face Lift .
These new non-surgical treatments are popular for several reasons as people continue to look for low-downtime procedures that offer immediate results. The treatments are non-surgical, affordable and can be scheduled during your lunchtime break.
VUE: Under-Eye Filler & Tear Trough Treatment
The hottest new application for facial fillers is a procedure called “VUE”, ” Volumizing Under-eye Enhancement” developed by double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Louis M DeJoseph, MD at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. The treatment restores youthfulness to the eyes with the use of the dermal filler to volumize and support this under eyelid area alleviating the hollow, tired appearance caused by dark circles and crepey skin of the lower eyelids. Often, dark circles are the result of fat bulging in the lower eyelid that is exaggerated by a loss of volume that creates a hollow area called the “tear trough”. By placing the dermal filler, into this “tear-trough”, there is less shadow and therefore improvement in dark circles, making you look more youthful and rested.
Many individuals have the desire to achieve a youthful and well-rested look. However, dark circles and wrinkled skin around the eyelids can add years to the face, and make a person look perpetually tired. In recent years, dermal fillers have become a popular way to soften wrinkles, fill deep lines, and create a fresh and full look to the lips. Today, they are also used to improve the appearance of the eye area and give patients the opportunity to look younger, well-rested, and rejuvenated with a simple, minimally-invasive procedure. At Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, Dr. DeJoseph has developed a revolutionary treatment known as the Volumizing Under-Eye enhancement or VUE enhancement. The VUE uses a dermal filler to add volume and support to the under-eyelid area. The VUE alleviates the tired and hollow appearance that often results from dark circles and the crepe-thin skin of the lower eyelids.
How the VUE Enhancement Works
Dark circles are usually caused by fat bulging in the lower eyelid that is made more prominent by volume loss that creates a hollow area called the “tear trough.” In the VUE enhancement procedure, dermal fillers are placed into this “tear trough” so that there is less shadowing and a significant improvement in dark circles.
The VUE procedure is non-surgical, minimally-invasive, and is typically completed in as little as 20 minutes. A fine needle is used to inject a soft tissue filler into the tear troughs, instantly smoothing and rejuvenating the area. The procedure involves very little discomfort, and patients can get back to normal activities almost immediately, with few side effects.
Dermal fillers are not permanent treatments, so patients will need to repeat the procedure in order to maintain results. This is typically necessary every 18-24 months.
The VUE Enhancement Recovery
Following VUE enhancement, patients may be a bit red, swollen, or bruised. Fortunately, these side effects typically resolve within a few days. Most patients who undergo this procedure have minimal to no swelling or bruising and can go back to work or resume social activities right after the procedure has been completed.
Benefits of the VUE Enhancement
There are several key benefits of VUE enhancement. When compared to other treatments designed to improve the appearance of the eye area, the VUE Enhancement procedure is very affordable. It can also be completed in a short timeframe on a patient’s lunch break and offers no downtime and instant results. Patients no longer have to depend on eyelid surgery to treat a tired, aged look.
Good Candidates for the VUE Enhancement
The VUE enhancement procedure was specifically created to help patients look years younger by smoothing out the wrinkles under their eyes and lighting dark circles. Patients who are always in search of the right concealer to disguise under eye perfections are excellent candidates for the Volumizing Under-Eye enhancement. The VUE enhancement is also a good option for men and women who would like to get rid of the sunken, exhausted look they wear on a daily basis. Since fillers are very safe, candidacy requirements are minimal, but patients should be in general good health and have realistic expectations.
What to Expect from a VUE Enhancement Consultation
Patients who are interested in the VUE technique will need to schedule a private consultation at our Atlanta facility. A Premier Image doctor will meet with you to go over the details of the procedure and determine whether the Volumizing Under-Eye enhancement makes sense for your particular concerns and goals. This procedure will only be recommended to patients who are in good physical health, have dark circles and under eye wrinkles that bother them, and are realistic about the results.
Frequently Asked Questions About the VUE Enhancement
Gels that are made of a substance known as hyaluronic acid that is naturally found in the body are referred to as dermal fillers. Not all fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, but it is the most popular type of filler, and the one used in the Volumizing Under-Eye enhancement. Dermal fillers are effective in restoring lost volume or adding new volume to soft tissue in the face.
In addition to improving the eye area, dermal fillers can be used to restore volume in the cheeks and chin, enhance the lips and cheeks, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases, and contour the jawline.
Many patients have spent a great deal of money on costly eye creams that simply didn’t live up to their promises. While a few high-end eye creams on the market may slightly improve the appearance of dark circles and sallowness beneath the eyes, the VUE enhancement procedure is a more reliable, and effective solution. A loss of volume is one of the main causes of a tired look, making dermal fillers the ideal choice.
There are risks with any cosmetic procedure, including the Volumizing Under-Eye enhancement. Although the risks are uncommon, they may include swelling, bruising, or uneven results. Fortunately, bruising and swelling will likely subside with time and any uneven results can be corrected by dissolving the filler or touching up the procedure.
It’s imperative to choose a plastic surgeon who specializes in the eyelids when having any cosmetic work done in the eye area. Our renowned plastic surgeons have made treating dark circles and other under eye issues one of his main professional priorities.
Many patients are surprised to learn that a Volumizing Under-Eye enhancement procedure will not cause them any pain. This is because it is easy for an expert to avoid nerves while injecting a filler.
While Botox is an effective treatment for facial wrinkles, it is not recommended for improving the appearance of under eye circles. Since dark circles usually mean there has been a loss of volume, dermal fillers are ideal. Dermal fillers add volume in order to fill in hollows or creases whereas Botox simply relaxes the muscles underneath wrinkles.
Can Botox be paired with VUE Enhancement?
Although Botox and Volumizing Under-Eye enhancement are both different procedures, they can be paired together to create a more youthful and vibrant appearance. These procedures are frequently used together to smooth out dynamic facial muscles cause by repetitive movements and to improve areas of volume loss.
Can a VUE Enhancement procedure be reversed?
A noteworthy benefit of using dermal fillers to improve the eye area is that if necessary, the procedure can be reversed. Enzyme hyaluronidase can be used to completely reverse the procedure. This serves as a safety net to patients who are new to cosmetic procedure and unsure of whether they’ll like their results.
Are dark circles caused by a lack of sleep?
Most patients assume their dark circles are the result of dehydration, allergies, or a lack of sleep. The truth is that aging is the most common cause of dark circles. Since the skin under the eye area is naturally thinner than other areas of the face, aging causes the skin to become thinner due to fat and collagen loss.
When this occurs, the skin starts to sag and the blood vessels under the tissue become more prominent and lead to a dark and sunken appearance. Men and women who were born with thinner skin are more prone to dark circles than those with naturally thicker skin.
When is eyelid surgery a better option than VUE?
Not all patients are good candidates for VUE enhancement. Those with loose and baggy skin in the lower eyelids or major wrinkles under the eyes may achieve better results with eyelid surgery.
Why Choose Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery
Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery is the only surgical center to offer the cutting-edge VUE Enhancement procedure. The treatment was developed by Dr. DeJoseph, our highly trained and experienced triple board-certified surgeon. Dr. DeJoseph is considered an expert in advanced techniques of injectable fillers and looks forward to helping you take years off your appearance.
Call us today at 770-457-6303 or toll free at 888-455-FACE to schedule a VUE enhancement consultation with Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. We look forward to helping you achieve a more refreshed, youthful look.