Upper and lower eyelid reduction (blepharoplasty) is the second commonest cosmetic procedure performed by BAAPS members in the UK last year. A total of 5,779 blepharoplasties were performed, an increase of 6.2% from the year before. This is reflective of my own practice where a total of 129 such operations were performed last year, an increase of 10% from the previous year. The reason for it’s popularity is firstly the ubiquity of eyelid ageing and secondly, the powerful effect that eyelid rejuvenation has on improving a person’s overall appearance. I predict that this figure will continue to rise following on the trend of previous years, but there will be an even steeper rise in the non-surgical blepharoplasty – the “Madonna Lift”
The “Madonna Lift” was pioneered by Dr. Bruce Katz of New York. The procedure utilises the Smartxide fractional CO2 laser that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and lifts the eyebrow for a younger look to the eye. We have had the Smartxide fractional CO2 laser for a year and have found it invaluable for a variety of functions, including skin resurfacing and the treatment of acne scars. By focusing on the eyelids and the rest of the eye area, we can now give our patients a younger and fresher look to the eye. Watch this video link for a demonstration of the “Madonna Lift” by Dr. Bruce Katz.