Sagging skins are inevitable. But when they happen to our face, it’s a horror story we’re all dreading.
One of these dreaded horror stories is the drooping of our eyelids, and it’s something a lot of people don’t like because it makes us look older, more haggard, and permanently sleepy.
Moreover, sagging eyelids can also give individuals prominent and permanent crows’ feet. Due to these effects of ageing and eyelid sagging, many women and men avoid smiling, laughing or doing other facial expressions that will make their crows’ feet and sagging eyelids more pronounced.
Furthermore, drooping eyelids are an even bigger problem for women who are fond of makeup and blending eye shadows. With drooping lids, these women may have difficulty placing and blending the colors, and the creases and droop may cover the color. If you’re fond of putting on eyeliner on your top lid, this may also be a problem as wrinkly and droopy lids will keep you from drawing a straight line.
For other individuals, droopy eyelids can have even worse effects such as reducing or blocking vision as it can eventually obstruct the pupil.
Why Do Our Eyelids Droop?
We’ve previously mentioned one of the most common causes of drooping eyelids which is ageing. Why? When we grow old, our skin loses its elasticity. Thus, it becomes less firm and droops.
Too Much Sun Exposure
Getting your needed daily dose of Vitamin D from the sun is vital for your skin. However, too much exposure, especially during noon or early afternoon, can cause your eyelids and skin to droop. Furthermore, ultraviolet rays also cause an abnormal accumulation of elastin which weakens the skin’s elasticity. Apart from sagging eyelids, you can also grow freckles around your eyes and your face.
This is the medical term for droopy eyelids caused not only by ageing but due to other disorders with the nerves. This can also sometimes occur in babies but will eventually disappear as they grow older. When it worsens, there may be a need for medical operations and medication.
Non-Surgical Eye Lift: A Solution to Droopy Lids
Luckily for individuals with drooping eyelids but are afraid of going under the knife, there is a non-invasive solution, and it is called Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty. While it isn’t invasive, this procedure isn’t for the faint of heart too. But as the popular saying goes, “beauty is pain”.
How It’s Done
The procedure actually doesn’t take very long, and it can be done even in thirty to sixty minutes at most. This all depends on how much of your eyes’ surrounding saggy skin you want removed. Before the procedure, surgeons will apply an anaesthetic cream on the eyelids. A wireless device, which has an attached needle, then generates plasma and gives off a very tiny electrical charge. The needle’s tip then gently touches the area of the lids with drooping and wrinkly skin. The charges then stimulate the skin fibre’s contraction and tightening, hence lessening the appearance of wrinkles and lines. During the operation, the needle and electrical charge will cause dark brown spots to appear on your lids.
Furthermore, the number of sessions may also vary depending on the coverage. However, treatments are usually up to 1 to 3 sessions to achieve the desired effect.
We mentioned earlier that this procedure won’t require you to have your skin sliced open but that it still isn’t for those who aren’t fond of pain. While the needle won’t necessarily touch your skin, the electrical charge can make you feel a slight burning and stinging sensation even with the anaesthetic gel. Others have also compared the pain to a cigarette burn. You might also smell your skin being slightly burned (which should not be a reason for you to become worried as this is normal). Days after the operation, the spots may also become crusty (since it’s healing) and develop scarring. The eyelids may also swell and become a little tender than usual. Due to the eyes’ sensitivity, your eyes will also become tearier than normal.
How Long Is The Downtime?
This is one of the main concerns of individuals when it comes to procedures. The good news about this non-surgical procedure is that you can immediately go back to work the next day. Since one session is only for half an hour to an hour at most, you can even go back to work on the same day.
However, do remember that your eyes will have very prominent dark spots. You also cannot place concealer or any form of makeup on the surface as the skin is still healing and very sensitive.
If you don’t look forward to people asking you what the dots on your eyelids are, it’s best for you to stay at home. The dots will also heal in about two to three weeks and will return to their normal color. You will also have to put ointment that is usually prescribed by the doctors so that the eyelids will not become infected during the healing process.
What Is The Average Cost?
Of course, the cost differs in every clinic, location, and area of the skin that needs procedure. The average price for this treatment, however, ranges between 500 to 2000 USD. Since it isn’t as expensive as invasive procedures, this is a solution that is preferred more by many.
Is It Worth It?
You may have this question popping on your mind after reading how the procedure goes and the risks. The results, however, are permanent. This way, you can save on monthly spendings for facial and eye creams which may not be effective all the time. If you’re willing to tolerate the mild discomfort to be able to see clearly again, have wrinkle-free eyes, and look fresher and younger, this procedure will be absolutely worth the money, pain, and time.