Mark L. Malton, a surgery specialist at Horizon Eye Care, appeared on the televised Novant Health House Call segment on Charlotte’s “WCCB News Rising” June 26 to discuss non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures for the eyes and skin that can provide a more youthful look.
Dr. Malton is one of only a few hundred specialists in oculoplastic surgery and neuro-ophthalmology in the United States.
“Facial rejuvenation is a way of finding the fountain of youth, if you will,” Dr. Malton told anchor Kristine Zell. “It basically tries to either hold back or reverse the aging process” – and the procedure options can be performed in an office with minimal to no down time. Further, “it can be very natural,” he said.
Dr. Malton said that of the three main products that can be used for facial rejuvenation, BOTOX is the most recognized. The popular neurotoxin works “mainly by reducing wrinkles,” he said. Horizon doctors—highly trained in the nerve tissues and structure of the face – can use BOTOX to smooth out areas in the upper face such as crow’s feet, frown lines and horizontal lines on the forehead.
Many patients also know the brand names Restylane and Juvederm, which plump and smooth hollow or depressed areas in the skin. These work best “in the lower face – the lines from your nose to the corner of your mouth, or what we call the Marionette lines” around the mouth, Dr. Malton said. Many of the Horizon Eye Care ophthalmologists are experts in these facial fillers.
Those are the two primary methods of non-surgical facial rejuvenation concentrated on by Horizon Eye Care doctors. The third process involves lasers, “used by dermatologists quite frequently to get rid of skin pigmentation and that sort of thing,” he said. That method can give the facial and eyelid skin a more youthful appearance, using high-intensity light or resurfacing lasers to exfoliate the superficial skin layers and tighten collagen below the skin.
Dr. Malton said the typical age for people who get non-surgical facial rejuvenation is “probably the early to mid-30s. I see a lot of executives and people in the workplace who just want to keep that fresher look.”