Our eyes communicate more than we think. Try as we might to lie about our age or pile on those concealers, they will give us away. Your eyes, just like any other part of your body, have a limited capacity to regenerate before they wear out. Your eyes will become droopy and look more tired as we age. Fortunately for many of us, there are several non-invasive eye lifting treatments we can choose from.
We often take our eyes for granted and expect them to function optimally for as long as we are awake. Eye fatigue, if not taken seriously, can have adverse effects in future. Similarly, the skin around our eyes is extremely sensitive. With time, upper eye lids start to droop. Fine lines, eye bags, dark eye circles develop, resulting in tired looking under eyes.
Puffy Eyes – Genetics or Environmental Influence?
Periorbital puffiness is a common occurrence regardless of age or gender. It has multiple causes. A diet high in sodium, oversleeping, or alcohol consumption can lead to puffy eyes. Studies have also found that overweight males with lighter skin colour are more likely to suffer from saggy under-eyes as there is a greater chance of fats to be accumulated around the eyes. However, the increase in orbital fat volume seems to be generally accepted to be part of normal aging process.
On the other hand, there are some not-so-lucky people who take good care of their eyes but still have droopy eyes due to genetic factors. Dr Cameron Rokhsar, cosmetic surgeon and professor of dermatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine said that the most common cause of sagging eyelids is due to genetics. “By looking at your parents, you have an indication if you are likely to develop large fat pads around the eyes.”, he continued.
Droopy eyelids can also be a sign of underlying medical conditions, especially if it affects both eyelids. Some serious medical conditions such as stroke, brain tumour, nerve disorders, or muscle disorder of the eyes. Get your health examination cleared before considering any eye lifting treatment to fix your droopy, lifeless eyes.
Medical Treatments for Droopy Eyes And Hooded Eyelids
Ultherapy For Eyelid and Eye Lifting
Ultherapy can improve the appearance of droopy eyes and hooded eyelids. Ultherapy is an FDA-approved technology that uses ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue under the skin surface and stimulating the production of collagen in the treated area. As Ultherapy introduces heat to promote collagen production to improve the skin tone and texture, full results can only be seen 2-3 months after the treatment.
This is a one-time treatment and the result can last at least one year, with some studies saying that it can last up to 3 years. Once you have undergone Ultherapy, the natural aging process will never catch up to where it would have been if you had not undergone the treatment. Long-lasting results can be achieved if you undergo Ultherapy once every 1-2 years or when the effects have worn off.
Eyelid Resuscitation – Minimally Invasive to Lift Droopy Eyelids
Using an advanced Korean technology, this non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure is good for skin tightening and eye lifting by introducing radiofrequency (RF) in the treated area. The doctor uses an instrument with insulated micro-needles to make wounds on the eyelids. Heat is delivered using radiofrequency to cause thermal injury to the subcutaneous dermal tissue. The contraction of the collagen fibres will trigger new collagen production and remodelling that aids tightening of the deep skin tissue. Although this sounds scary and painful to some, this treatment is very comfortable because the doctor will anaesthetise the areas before carrying out the treatment.
TriPollar V-Lift For Eyelid Lifting and Under Eye Rejuvenation
If you are seeking a non-needle, non invasive eye lifting treatment, you can opt a very comfortable treatment called TriPollar V-Lift. The treatment employs a 3rd generation RF technology to heat superficial and deep skin layers by delivering RF into the skin. The depth of heat penetration is approximately 20mm. The system is effective for treating skin laxity and localised fat reduction, with immediate visible results achieved in one session.
This treatment heats up the skin without damaging it, in order to stimulate collagen production. Long-term results will show after several sessions of the treatment because the RF energy is not delivered directly below the skin’s surface unlike Eyelid Resus. For sustainable, long-lasting results, it is recommended to undergo a session every 1-2 weeks with an average of 10 sessions in a treatment program.
Which Is Better – Ultrasound (Ulthera) Or Radiofrequency (Tripollar, Eyelid Resus)?
It is natural that most people will compare the efficacy of both technologies – ultrasound and radiofrequency.
Ultrasound and RF have similar properties, in that both are inducing heat to stimulate collagen production leading to skin tightening. Ulthera is FDA-approved for lifting treatments, targeting areas under the skin. RF is less targeted as compared to ultrasound, but may have more effect on the superficial layers of the skin, hence the immediate lifting people may see after each treatment.
Although Eyelid Resus uses RF, it does not require weekly sessions over 8-10 times like TriPollar V-Lift because the surface of the skin is broken to deliver the RF directly to the treated area to heat to generate collagen growth.
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