“The eyes are the window to the soul” - you have probably heard this phrase million times. Yes, looking into someone’s eyes can reveal a lot about the person’s emotions and even his/her thoughts. In addition, the eyes are the first thing we notice in people. But unfortunately, the first signs of ageing appear namely in the area around the eyes.
With age, the skin in this area usually becomes drier and thinner. This leads to the occurrence of wrinkles and fine lines and often to the formation of eye bags or saggy eyelids. Some bad habits such as lack of sleep, smoking, alcohol use can potentially worsen the situation. Nevertheless, the droopy eyelids might be simply heredity.
How to tighten the skin around the eyes? Is surgery the only method to get rid of droopy and hooded eyelids? How to get an eye lift without surgery? Do natural remedies really work? If you want to know the answers to these questions, please keep reading!
What is the best treatment for saggy eyelids?
Saggy and hooded eyelids are most successfully treated through an invasive procedure called upper blepharoplasty (Asian blepharoplasty). This is plastic surgery that consists of removing the redundant tissue and fat from the upper eyelids as well as tightening the relaxed muscle. After blepharoplasty, the area looks rejuvenated, the upper lids are lifted and the eyes look brighter and larger. For better outcomes, the procedure is commonly combined with a brow lift. In most cases, the results of blepharoplasty last over 15 years.
Upper blepharoplasty is a simple surgical procedure. It is usually not associated with serious risks and complications. You will need around 2 weeks to recover from this surgery. After that, you can back to your usual day-to-day activities. Scars are normally hidden within the natural upper eyelid fold hence they can be hardly seen.
Although upper blepharoplasty is a straightforward procedure that gives great results, many people are looking for a non-surgical alternative because they are scared to undergo surgery.
How can you lift your eyelids without surgery?
Technology has advanced significantly in the last few years, and now there is a wide range of non-invasive eyelid lift procedures (non-surgical blepharoplasty) to choose from. Here we will look at some of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
Dermal fillers can be a powerful rejuvenation tool in treating drooping eyebrows, baggy eyelid skin, and dark circles under the eyes. They are injections inserted into the skin to fill depressions and wrinkles. Their main ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which is a major component of many tissues in the human body, including our skin. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to stimulates the production of collagen and hydrates the skin giving it a smooth and youthful appearance.
Although dermal filler treatment has many benefits, it also has its downsides. The first thing you need to be aware of is that fillers are not a permanent fix. They may last anywhere between 6 months and 2 years, depending on the type that is used. Another thing you should know is that fillers might be not the best option if you have severe droopy eyelids.
In Singapore, dermal filler treatment may cost anywhere between S$500 and S$1000 per syringe.
Plasma eyelid lift
It is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure used to tighten and rejuvenate the eyelid skin. The lifting effect is achieved by using a plasma generator device. It produces immediate skin contractions and tightening of skin fibres. The treatment takes 30 minutes to an hour. After the procedure, you may experience redness and swelling which usually subsides in 2-3 days.
Patients with good brow height who have a small amount of loose eyelid skin can benefit most from this procedure. The outcomes from plasma eyelid lift can last 2 to 3 years.
The cost of plasma eyelid treatment in Singapore may vary from S$250 to S$600.
This is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes ultrasound energy to lift and tighten loose skin. The procedure can be done on the whole face or only around the eyes. As the therapy stimulates the natural production of collagen the skin begins to look younger and brighter.
Ultherapy gives very natural results. The treatment is not painful and does not require downtime. You can return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure. One of the disadvantages of Ultherapy is that you need to repeat the treatment after a certain period of time, usually a year. Another thing that is important to know about Ultherapy is that it can help only with skin tightening and it cannot address excess skin and fat on the upper eyelids.
In Singapore, the price of Ultherapy treatment can range from S$3000 to S$6000.
Laser rejuvenation is a procedure that tightens the facial skin and reduces the signs of ageing. It involves the direct application of a powerful beam of light energy to the skin. By heating the dermis (underlying skin), the laser stimulates collagen production in the facial skin resulting in improved tone and texture.
Its purpose is to lift already sagging skin tissue and improve the sagging contour of the face. However, as with Ultherapy, the laser treatment will be effective if you have mild to moderate skin laxity. If you have excess fat in the upper eyelid area then surgery might be a better option for you.
The laser eyelid lift is a simple and quick procedure. However, you may need some downtime. Recovery times vary depending on the kind of laser used, individual health, and healing rate. Laser treatment is not a permanent solution, it can last anywhere between 3 to 5 years, but it can definitely rejuvenate the look of the upper eyelid, namely by tightening the area.
The cost of laser eyelid therapy in Singapore may vary between S$500 and S$1300.
Eyebrow Thread Lift
Thread lift is one of the newest non-surgical facelift treatments. It uses barbed sutures to lift and rejuvenate the skin on the face and neck. The procedure does not involve any cuttings or skin removal. The sutures are placed under the skin through a tiny needle or cannula. In addition to the lifting effect, threads provoke collagen production.
The benefits of the thread lift procedure are that it is a very quick and very low-risk treatment. It takes around an hour and the downtime is much shorter compared to surgical blepharoplasty. However, thread lift has its downsides. It is not a permanent solution. The results typically last around 3 years. Also, this procedure might be not effective for people who have severe droopy eyelids.
Since there different types of threads used in Singapore, the cost of the treatment may vary widely - from S$1000 to S$7000.
Can you tighten your eyelids naturally?
There are a lot of popular home remedies that promise to tighten your skin and reduce wrinkles. However, it is important to understand that natural treatments are more efficient in case you want to prevent sagginess and wrinkles in the future. If your eyelid skin has already lost its elasticity and relaxed, then home remedies will be not helpful.
In terms of instant eye lift products, there are different opinions about their efficiency. For those unfamiliar with them, instant eye lift is an under-eye serum designed to lessen puffiness, dark circles and visibility of wrinkles. The item can be also purchased in the form of cream, strips or concealer. Although you might achieve the instant effect by using an instant eye lift, you should understand that it won't stay for a long time.
Ok, let’s summarize what has been said so far. If you have mild to moderate skin laxity on the upper eyelids then you may opt for one of the non-surgical eye lift procedures, listed above. In case you have excess skin, fat or severe drooping then eyelid surgery might be more beneficial for you. However, it is always best to consult a cosmetic surgeon who will determine what type of procedure will be the most appropriate for you.