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When it comes to improving the appearance of dark circles or eye bags, fine lines, excess skin, and droopy skin around the eye area, Dr. Michele Green has the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures available to tighten the skin around the eyes and rejuvenate their appearance.  Through the use of cosmetic injectables of Botox and dermal fillers, radiofrequency energy, chemical peels and laser treatments, you can experience full eye rejuvenation without the need for eyelid surgery or other surgical procedures that a plastic surgeon might offer.

Non-surgical eyelid lifts provide patients with a custom tailored eye lift treatment plan that require little to no downtime, and can have transformative results in as little as one treatment session. Through the combination of cosmetic treatments like Thermage® for skin tightening, Botox® injections, hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, Mesopeel® periocular peels, and MGSKINLABS, Inc. revitalizing skincare treatments, patients can restore a youthful appearance to their upper eyelid, lower eyelid, brow and outer eye areas with absolutely no plastic surgery necessary.

If you’re frustrated with the appearance of drooping skin or an eyelid droop, fine lines or wrinkles, and age-related volume loss in the eye area, internationally renown NYC cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, is here to help. Contact the office today to have Dr. Green create a customized non-surgical eye lift treatment plan for you.

What is a non-surgical eyelid lift?

A non-surgical eyelid lift is just as it sounds: a non-invasive rejuvenating eye treatment that provides a youthful appearance without any need for invasive cosmetic surgery. Though a non-surgical eyelid lift treatment plan varies from patient to patient, the majority involve the use of injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers, as well as skin resurfacing treatments including eMatrix, Fraxel, or CO2 laser treatment, Plasma Pen, chemical peels, radiofrequency treatment, and microneedling treatment. These complementary treatments work together to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dynamic wrinkles, tighten and smooth the skin, as well as restore volume and natural lift to the skin through the production of new collagen and elastin within the skin. When you work with Dr. Green for your customized non-surgical eye lift treatment, you can be certain that you’ll receive individualized, targeted care that will lead to a more youthful appearance in the eye area. Dr. Green is dedicated to the long-term health and skincare of her patients, and uses her expert knowledge of non-invasive anti-aging treatments for artful eye and facial rejuvenation.

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Plasma Pen treatment

The Plasma Pen is also known as “Plasma Skin Tightening” and is a new non-surgical device which tightens and smooths out the skin, without plastic surgery. It is uniquely designed to perform a non-surgical eye lift and tighten the upper eyelid skin with only one to two weeks of downtime. Unlike a laser treatment, the interaction of the Plasma Pen’s nitrogen plasma with your skin is non-chromophore dependent, which means that this device doesn’t not rely on its interaction with chromophores to effect a change. The Plasma Pen delivers controlled energy to the skin’s deeper later without causing thermal damage to the surrounding tissue, unlike other ablative devices. The Plasma Pen will tighten your skin, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, promote new collagen growth, and rejuvenate the skin.


When it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation, Microneedling is a leading treatment. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a skin rejuvenation treatment that relies on the body’s natural wound-healing process in order to boost elastin and collagen production in the body. It’s also able to rewire the skin’s “memory” of scar tissue, injury, and discoloration, thus reducing the appearance of atrophic scars and hyperpigmentation. Microneedling treatment uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the top layer of the skin. Though virtually painless, this process is able to ignite skin healing, thus boosting new elastin and collagen production into overdrive. Collagen and elastin are responsible for creating younger-looking, firm skin, and microneedling is able to harness this natural rejuvenation to eliminate signs of aging. Additionally, microneedling can be combined with rejuvenating serums, such as MGSKINLAB’s Vita-C Serum, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which can maximize the skin’s access to important anti-aging growth factors.

Chemical Peels to remove dark circles around the eyes

Another option that can work well on the eyelid skin to target fine lines, dark circles and pigmentation under the eyes are chemical peels. The Mesopeel Periocular chemical peel is an excellent option to reduce the appearance of darkness and fine lines around the eyes. This particular chemical peel uses azelaic acid and resorcinol to reduce hyperpigmentation and discoloration, as well as salicylic acid, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, citric acid, and phytic acid to encourage new elastin and collagen production in the skin, which leads to nourished, younger-looking skin.

Mesopeel periocular chemical peels are uniquely designed to rejuvenate the hyperpigmentation around the eyes and remove dark circles in the upper eyelid and lower eyelid area. Through a series of hydroquinone free chemical peels, the dark skin around the eyes are lightened and fine lines reduced. Typically 3 to 5 chemical peels are needed to lighten the dark circles and improve the texture and wrinkles around the eyes, including the crow’s feet. Dr. Michele Green is one of the few dermatologists in NYC who performs these chemical peels as well as Cosmelan peels for pigmentation.

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1 syringe Restylane under eyes – 2 weeks

Do non-surgical eye lifts work?

Non-surgical eye lifts are able to reduce the appearance of aging on the eye area, improving the elasticity and texture of the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and eyelid or brow droop. Though the effects of a non-surgical eye lift are not permanent, they provide patients with immediate skin rejuvenation that doesn’t require the same expense, medical risk, or downtime that eye lift surgical options require. The results of a non-surgical eye lift can exceed your expectations, with results that are almost immediately visible. Optimal results can be sustained for years with properly scheduled touch-up appointments.

What techniques can help with eye rejuvenation?

A non-surgical eye lift can be crafted through the use of several leading technologies in the world of cosmetic dermatology: injectable fillers and Botox, skin resurfacing lasers, chemical peels such as Mesopeel Periocular, Microneedling, Plasma Pen, and radiofrequency lasers. Below are some popular treatment options for specific signs of aging in the eye area.

Laser resurfacing for fine lines around the eyes

There are a couple of ways to tackle fine lines around the eye lids and the skin in the lower eye area. The first method is utilizing the eMatrix laser. The eMatrix is a laser resurfacing treatment that is suitable for all skin tones and can be used in the entire eye area to reduce fine lines. The eMatrix laser treatment helps with collagen production in the eye area which will improve skin texture, and the procedure is suitable for all skin types, including HispanicAsian skin and African American Skin. A series of three laser treatments are carried out once per month for optimal results, with yearly maintenace.

Another excellent laser for treating the eye area is the Fraxel laser. Fraxel is a fractional laser that is able to remove scars and wrinkles for a variety of skin types. It’s a revolutionary procedure that uses “pinpricks” of laser light beams to stimulate the skin. This microbeam-based procedure causes targeted micro-injuries to the skin which are then able to stimulate new skin growth and new collagen. This laser light energy is also able to penetrate deep into the dermis which can significantly improve skin texture and elasticity. The Fraxel laser is a wonderful option for those seeking to improve the texture of the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and create a more even skin tone around the eyes.

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Botox around the eyes – 2 weeks

Botox Injections for crow’s feet

One of the most popular treatments for fine lines around the eyes, such as crow’s feet, is that of Botox. Botox uses a neurotoxin, botulinum toxin type A, to essentially “freeze” the nerve signals that travel to specific wrinkle-causing muscles. In this way, Botox injections are able to target commonly overused facial muscles, such as those that cause crow’s feet due to repetitive smiling and squinting muscle use. Botox treatment is able to not only reduce fine lines and dynamic wrinkles in the brow and eye area, but also relax the muscles that cause these wrinkles. Through continued use, Botox can help to stop the development of these lines in their tracks, leading to a more youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers for volume loss

One aspect of tired or older-looking eyes is a hollowed out or darkened appearance to the skin. Volume loss in the area under the lower lid is quite common as we age, and dermal fillers can provide excellent restoration of this lost volume. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, are commonly used to restore volume on the face, reducing the appearance of fine lines and helping to lift droopy skin along the brow or eye area. These injectable fillers use a naturally occurring substance in the body, hyaluronic acid, to ignite collage production at and around the injection site, which in turn creates hydrated, plumper skin–the skin that we envision when we think of “younger-looking skin.” Dermal fillers are commonly used in combination with Botox to create a natural-looking facial rejuvenation treatment. Botox and filler injections can be applied in a single appointment, during which a topical numbing cream will be applied, the injections will be applied to targeted treatment sites, and patients can return to normal activity immediately post-treatment.

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1 Syringe of Restylane under eyes 

Thermage for brow and eye lifts

Thermage is also an option that can help reduce the wrinkles in the eye area, as well as around the brow and forehead region. Thermage is a treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to heat the deeper layers of the dermis, which in turn boost collagen and elastin growth in the skin. This skin tightening technology can be combined with other treatments such as eMatrix for under-eye wrinkles, and helps to restore a more youthful appearance in female or male patients alike. Radiofrequency technology is also often incorporated with microneedling technology, which is designed to tighten and firm the skin through the body’s natural healing processes.

Another popular facial rejuvenation option is often referred to as the “Thermage browlift,” in which Thermage is used to make sagging or droopy skin look and feel firmer. The new Thermage FLX has even faster and more effective cosmetic results than the Thermage CPT. Thermage for skin tightening can also be combined with Botox for wonderful cosmetic results.

Find out more about Thermage for brow and eye lifts.

What is the best non-surgical eye lift?

In general, the best non-surgical eye lift treatment is a combination treatment that relies on the use of injectables and skin resurfacing treatment. However, the best non-surgical eye lift will always be determined by the specific needs and aesthetic goals of a patient. Dr. Green customizes all of her non-surgical eye lift treatments based on the concerns and desires of her patients. At the start of your treatment plan with Dr. Green, you’ll have an initial consultation (either virtually or in our NYC-based office), during which you’ll work together to develop a treatment plan that best meets your desires. The health and satisfaction of every patient is Dr. Green’s top priority, and she will be sure to discuss your ideal treatment options based off of your skin condition, medical history, and any other concerns you may have.

How long does a non-surgical eye lift last?

Depending on the particular treatment plan, a non-surgical eye lift can last anywhere between a few months to a full year. If patients have laser treatment or Botox treatment incorporated into their treatment plan, they will likely need to engage with regular touch-up appointments, as laser treatments are best when completed on a monthly basis, and Botox typically lasts between 3-6 months. Those who use dermal fillers in order to restore fullness to the tear trough or eye area will see results that last between 9 months to a full year. Though the results of a non-surgical eye lift are impermanent, the results are visible almost immediately, and can be easily maintained.

How much is a non-surgical eye lift?

The cost of a non-surgical eye lift is quite variant depending on the needs of the patient, treatments used, and the expertise of the dermatologist you might work with. Dr. Green will work with you to determine a custom treatment plan that best balances your needs, goals, and budget in order to create the best non-surgical eye lift experience available.

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Is there a non-surgical eye lift alternative to blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is the most common eye lift surgical option. During this procedure, a patient is put under anesthesia and a surgeon cuts along the fold of the upper eyelid, removes excess skin, muscle and/or fat, and then closes the incision. An incision is then made on the lower lid, and the surgeon either removes or redistributes excess fat, muscle and skin. Post surgery, a patient typically requires a large amount of downtime, and will need to avoid a lot of normal activity associated with the eyes (i.e. avoiding rubbing the eyes, contact lenses, sunlight, etc.). Due to the potential side effects of this surgery, in combination with the discomfort patients experience post-surgery, and the cost of the procedure, many patents prefer a non-surgical alternative.

The preferred alternative to blepharoplasty for eye rejuvenation is a non-surgical eye lift, also known as non-surgical blepharoplasty. Thanks to the non-surgical eye lift treatment options available, patients are now able to customize their eye lift treatment without the need for invasive procedures or recovery time. Non-surgical eye lift treatment is found to be just as effective as surgical blepharoplasty for patients who experience mild to moderate drooping of the eyes, and can additionally improve other signs of aging, such as hyperpigmentation, dark circles, or fine lines.

Non-surgical blepharoplasty vs. traditional blepharoplasty

When it comes to risks or side effects associated with treatment, the high cost, and the long-term nature of a blepharoplasty or other surgical options, it is no wonder that non-surgical eye lifts have surged in popularity. A non-surgical eye lift is by far the most flexible, customizable treatment plan available for patients seeking to reduce the appearance of sagging or droopy skin, fine lines or wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and dark circles in the eye area.

How do I get started with a non-surgical eye lift today?

To learn more about whether a non-surgical eye lift is suitable for you, please contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Green is a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City who specializes in cosmetic dermatology, and is an expert in anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatments.

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