Madonna Lift

Conveniently located to serve Honolulu and Hawaii

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Extremely professional and caring. Highly recommend Dr. Melanie as she really cares about her patients care and comfort. Really impressed and pleased with her level expertise in helping you look natural and refreshed.

Plus she is a wonderful person that strives to bring out the best in your appearance as you would like to see yourself.

By Paula Gaillard
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Effective Eyelid Lift Without Surgery

Melanie Tantisira, MD

is the first physician in Hawaii to perform the “Madonna Lift”, an alternative to eyelid surgery for patients who want minimal downtime, natural looking results, with effective eyelid rejuvenation for upper and/or lower eyelids.

This innovative procedure tightens the skin on the eyelids by stimulating collagen production. The result is not only a tighter, more wide open appearance to the eyes, but also improvement in skin texture and reduction in fine lines. Since no cutting is needed, downtime and risks are minimized. Dr. Tantisira has been doing this procedure for many years and is able to predict which laser settings will improve your skin the fastest while minimizing the risk of side effects.

Recapturing Youthful Skin

Typically, the first area we notice skin aging on our face is around the eyes since eyelid skin is thinner than the skin over the rest of the face. It may appear as crow’s feet, upper eyelid area looking saggy or hooded or under eye dark circles and bags. These all result in a tired or aged look.

As we age, we produce less collagen and experience significant moisture and elasticity loss. The Fractional CO2 laser stimulates collagen production which helps with moisture and elasticity loss and rejuvenates the skin. Fractional CO2 can also be applied to the face, neck and other parts of the body. The fractional CO2 is less invasive than the original full CO2 treatment, which essentially removed the entire top layer of the skin. With the fractional method, columns of laser penetrate very deeply to the dermis, the active part of the skin, but leave untreated skin between the treated spots. This speeds the healing process.

The results with Fractional CO2 laser skin treatment are amazing skin improvement with minimal downtime.

The “Madonna Lift” – How It Works

The “Madonna Lift” is named after the pop star who had this non-surgical laser treatment to reduce the signs of aging around her eyes. The procedure yields visible results – a youthful, refreshed look without undergoing traditional eye surgery, thus preserving the patient’s original natural appearance.

The “Madonna Lift” also enhances skin elasticity. It promotes smoother, tighter skin with better texture around the eye area and eyelids. Dr. Bruce Katz of the New York Juva Skin and Laser Center pioneered the procedure and demonstrated the lift on TV’s The Doctors.

Prior to the “Madonna Lift,” Fractional CO2 lasers were not used directly on the eyelids for fear of damaging the patient’s eyes. Dr. Katz led the way through his innovative use of protective metal eye shields inserted into the eyes, like large contact lenses, effectively preventing damage to eyesight.

The Madonna Lift tightens the skin on the eyelid and surrounding areas by heavily stimulating collagen production. Treatment with Botox Cosmetic or Dysport to relax the muscles that pull the brow downward further enhances the eyelid lift. All of this is done without surgery while down time and risks are minimized.

Dr. Tantisira first introduced the “Madonna Lift” to Honolulu in 2010. She is the only doctor in Honolulu, Hawaii performing this breakthrough treatment – offering a natural, youthful result, instead of drastic change.

Her training in Ophthalmology and specialization in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic facial treatment make her uniquely qualified to perform the “Madonna Lift”.

Pre-Treatment Regime

Prior to any laser treatment in Honolulu, Dr. Tantisira requires darker-skinned patients and patients with an history of pigmentation irregularities to complete a strict pre-treatment preparation with physician-grade sunscreen and an anti-pigmentation topical medication prescribed by Dr. Tantisira. Proceeding with a laser treatment without strict compliance with this pre-treatment may result in avoidable pigmentation issues.

How much does Madonna lift cost

The Madonna lift cost varies greatly depending on a variety of criteria. Price is dependent on factors like the number of treatments required and whether muscle relaxant is needed. Please contact our office for more information

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A topical anesthetic cream is applied to the skin for 30-60 minutes, then completely removed and the skin thoroughly cleansed. Metal eye shields are inserted into each eye after numbing drops are instilled. The procedure itself takes 10-30 minutes, depending on the area being treated, and rarely hurts at all. Patients will relax with topical ointment and ice packs afterward for a few minutes. Some redness and swelling will occur immediately afterward, which usually resolves in 24-48 hours. A full Madonna Lift usually requires a series of 3-5 treatments, scheduled 2 to 8 weeks apart, depending on each patient’s circumstances. During the consultation, Dr. Tantisira designs a treatment plan for each patient based on the patient’s goals, skin type, and scheduling needs.

The Fractional CO2 laser may also be used on the face, neck and other parts of the body to address skin texture irregularities, aging damage, fine lines, acne scars and sun damage.

Dr. Tantisira has over 30 years’ experience with delicate surgery and Botox injections. She now features a wide assortment of cosmetic procedures in her Honolulu office. Contact Dr. Tantisira to see how she can help you achieve your desired appearance.

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