Aesthetic problems and signs of ageing

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differentiating factors: our treatments focus on both eye health and aesthetic aspects

What are aesthetic problems and signs of ageing?

A large number of aesthetic problems and signs of ageing are focused on the middle and upper part of the face, an extremely delicate area due to its proximity to the eyes. This means it is essential to seek the advice of a specialist ophthalmologist with knowledge and experience in order to make one’s look and facial expression more youthful, ensuring the safety of the eyes and eyesight with all medical and ophthalmological guarantees.

Some of the most frequent reasons for consultation among patients include:

  • Bags under the eyes
  • Dark circles
  • Wrinkles in the periocular and upper midface areas
  • Excess fat in the eyelids
  • Tired eyes and droopy eyelids
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Reduced facial contours and structure
  • Reduced skin quality

What causes them?

Aesthetic defects may be associated to very different causes:

  • Ageing
  • Genetic factors
  • Trauma
  • Repeated facial expressions
  • A lack of skin care (excess sun, dehydration and poor diet, etc.)
  • Ocular or systemic disorders that affect ocular or periocular morphology
  • Paralysis

How can they be prevented?

Aesthetic defects cannot be prevented when they are associated with genetic or hereditary causes or linked to aging. However, measures can be taken to avoid accelerating degenerative skin processes, such as wrinkles and marks, etc. It is important to remember that facial skin is more fragile than the skin on the rest of the body, as it is constantly exposed to external agents and continuously used to make facial expressions (laughter, sadness, anger, etc.), which are factors that increase its vulnerability.

Some basic measures to help maintain a healthy appearance include:

  • Protection from the sun: sunglasses, sun creams, controlled exposure to UV rays
  • Hydration: drinking plenty of water daily
  • Food: eating a balanced diet
  • Sleep: sleeping sufficient hours to recover from the day’s activities
  • Exercise: doing regular exercise
  • Good habits: not smoking and drinking alcohol in moderation
  • Patients should visit a dermatologist, if they experience any skin abnormalities or if they have sensitive skin

Symptoms

You do not have to wait until aesthetic problems, such as bags under the eyes and dark circles, periocular wrinkles or droopy eyelids, leave a noticeable mark on your face before you take action and give it back a healthy, rejuvenated appearance. Along these lines, most anti-ageing treatments offered by the IMO Oculofacial Aesthetics and Oculofacial Rejuvenation Department can be applied for preventive purposes (before the age of 40) and once the signs begin to appear or already exist.

In general, patients want to be rejuvenated but want to still recognise themselves in the mirror, thanks to natural and discreet results. To offer the best solution and provide an effects response to the symptoms afflicting them, it is important to bear in mind that not all skins are the same or have the same degree of maturity, or that there are different types of dark circles depending on their origins, for example: hereditary, racial or due to pigmentation alterations. A correct study of each case and personalised advice are therefore essential in the individual selection and application of a wide range of therapeutic options.

Associated treatments

Surgical treatments

All surgeries are performed in outpatients and guarantee good postoperative recovery thanks to the use of small incision procedures that are only within the reach of experts with a command of both plastic surgery and ophthalmology.

Some of the most popular surgeries include:

Non-surgical treatments

Performed in consulting room, are painless and easy to apply in short sessions, with fast recovery that does not hinder everyday activities or require sick leave.

These are the main facial cosmetics techniques offered in the IMO aesthetics department:

Botulinum toxin

Used to correct dynamic wrinkles or expression lines. This is mainly applied to the upper half of the face, the most common areas being frown lines and crow’s feet. With this technique, the facial muscles are temporarily relaxed, wrinkles are prevented from forming and existing ones are smoothed out. The results are immediate and the effects last for 5 or 6 months, gradually disappearing.

Fillers

Injections of fillers to restore lost volume or eliminate wrinkles. The most widely used is hyaluronic acid, a biological substance which smoothes subcutaneous skin folds out and stimulates the production of collagen, multiplying and prolonging the rejuvenating result. This acid injected into the skin is found naturally in tissues and means that results can be seen for several months.

Skin Boosters

Micro-injections of hyaluronic acid that nourishes and hydrates the skin in depth, re-establishing the skin’s water balance while stimulating the production of collagen. Hence, the skin’s elasticity and structure are improved, leading to brighter, smoother and tighter skin when ageing and other factors, such as imbalanced diets or excessive exposure to the sun, begin to take their toll.

Ultherapy

Non-surgical lifting system that uses focalised ultrasound energy to tighten the skin and stimulate the production of collagen in a minimally invasive manner and with very natural results. It is especially recommended to raise the eyebrows and reduce bags under the eyes, as well as to reduce double chins and wrinkles and help fight flaccidity in just one session. Its effects last for around one year, depending on the ageing process of each skin.

Furthermore, collagen therapy, mesotherapy, chemical peels and resurfacing allow for the different layers of the skin to be regenerated and renewed, improving its texture, quality and colour. This helps eliminate fine lines, stains and other visible signs of ageing. Moreover, when the aim is to treat hereditary dark circles, carboxytherapy might be a good option to improve oxygenation in the area and, as a result, lighten the skin and give the face a more rested look.

Specialists who treat this pathology

FAQs

IMO Institute of Ocular Microsurgery

Josep María Lladó, 3
08035 Barcelona
Phone: (+34) 934 000 700
E-mail: informacion@imo.es
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By car

GPS navigator coordinates:
41º 24’ 38” N – 02º 07’ 29” E

Exit 7 of the Ronda de Dalt (mountain side). The clinic has a car park with more than 200 parking spaces.

By bus

Autobus H2: Rotonda de Bellesguard, parada 1540

Autobus 196: Josep Maria Lladó-Bellesguard, parada 3191

Autobuses H2, 123, 196: Ronda de Dalt – Bellesguard, parada 0071

IMO Madrid

C/ Valle de Pinares Llanos, 3
28035 Madrid
Phone: (+34) 910 783 783
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Public transport

Metro Lacoma (líne 7)
Autobuses:

  • Lines 49 & 64, stop “Senda del Infante”
  • Line N21, stop “Metro Lacoma”

Timetables

Patient care:
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

IMO Andorra

Av. de les Nacions Unides, 17
AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
Phone: (+37) 688 55 44
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IMO Manresa

C/ Carrasco i Formiguera, 33 (Baixos)
08242 – Manresa
Tel: (+34) 938 749 160
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Public transport

FGC. Line R5 & R50 direction Manresa. Station/Stop: Baixador de Manresa

Timetables

Monday to Friday, 08:30 A.M – 13:30 PM / 15:00 PM – 20:00 PM

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