Youthful skin is free of crow's-feet around the eyes and griffin-talon marks across the forehead. Shoo away wrinkles with today's Groupon: for $1,200, you get four eyelid-lift treatments for both upper eyelids at Pacific Cielo in Rancho Santa Fe (a $3,200 value).
Within a spacious facility flanked by Tuscan architecture, Pacific Cielo's beauty professionals rejuvenate tired lids using noninvasive Reaction skin-tightening technology. The device, wielded by medical aestheticians, uses radio-frequency (RF) technology to break up the cross-links that form between collagen strands when bodies age, which in turn result in less elasticity. Heat descends deep into subdermal tissue to melt the offending connectors while the device's cooling element keeps flesh from wilting like a lettuce leaf in a bowl of chili, making this technique safe enough to use around the sensitive eye area. The broken links can lead to a boost in elasticity and an enhancement of collagen secretion over time. Treatments may improve skin tone and texture, iron out fine lines, and make lids tighter than Scrooge's wallet.
Dr. Scott C. Sessions, medical director of Pacific Cielo, brings more than two decades of plastic-surgery experience to every treatment he oversees. This expertise helps him minimize the pain and swelling that can be associated with cosmetic procedures, allowing him to concentrate on cutting the correctly colored wire hidden under the skin. Along with his surgical team, Dr. Sessions smoothes complexions with skin tightening and facial rejuvenation and hides unsightly wrinkles with fat transfers and dermal fillers. Off the operating table, noninvasive options such as laser and radio-frequency techniques tighten and tone without the use of scalpels, saving them for making surrealist collages out of the waiting room's back issues of Time.