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Reported July 30, 2007

Eye Lift Without Surgery

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Ivanhoe Broadcast News) -- If you thought going under the knife was the only way to get rid of the dark circles and sagging skin beneath your eyes, think again! Now, there’s a new alternative that’s so quick and easy, you can do it during your lunch break.

Sally Lang waited until her forties to have a baby, but she still has the energy of a young mom. Despite her youthful vigor, Lang began to worry she looked older than her years.

“After my pregnancy, my eyes looked sunken in,” she says. “I had fat pads protruding, and my nasal labial fold sagging in, and my whole midline was starting to age.”

Lang didn’t want to have surgery, and after meeting with Eliot F. Battle Jr., M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist and laser surgeon at the Cultura Cosmetic Medical Spa in Washington, D.C., she learned she didn’t have to.

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Until recently, doctors couldn’t uses lasers around the eyes because absorbing light would damage the retina. But a new breakthrough treatment called Aluma doesn’t affect the eyes as it relies solely on radio frequency energy. “First, the skin is suctioned up,” explains Dr. Battle. “Then, the light comes on and the energy’s given.” The process is pain-free, and it’s quick since doctors only rub the device around the eye for about five minutes.

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Aluma is safe for all skin colors and treatments cost about $250. Because the device is so new, doctors aren’t sure how long the results will last, and side effects include redness around the eyes from suctioning. Dr. Battle says it usually takes a few treatments over several months to get maximum results, but Lang says she noticed a difference after her third visit.

After her fifth visit, Lang no longer feels she has tired-looking eyes to hide. “[People] just notice me now,” she says.

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