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Hooded eyes may result from various causes, including natural aging or medical complications like Horner’s syndrome or diabetes. Surgery such as blepharoplasty is often recommended but has more invasive processes with potential risks attached.
Botox works as a neuromodulator to relax muscle contractions that lead to wrinkles. As such, it is used to treat various facial lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet and frown lines, as well as lifting eyebrows or reshaping brow lines for a more youthful look. Injections usually last five to 15 minutes before patients can return home from their treatments and follow doctor’s instructions regarding post-treatment care, such as sleeping on your back to ensure the toxin stays within its intended target areas.
Hooded eyes, also known as ptosis, is a cosmetic condition in which the upper eyelid droops down over time due to genetics, natural aging or sinus issues. While natural remedies exist for this issue, most will need surgical solutions instead.
Oculoplastic surgeons may remove small amounts of skin in the lower lid to address hooded eyes, yet this only addresses part of the issue. It doesn’t fix loose or sagging upper eyelid skin nor address hollow area underneath eyes. Instead of cutting fat out completely, oculoplastic surgeons can reposition fat to tightening up eyelids while eliminating bags and shadows underneath eyes.
Botox and other neuromodulators can be used to create an indirect eyelid lift without plastic surgery, creating subtle results without making permanent changes. They may be combined with Juvederm(r) Restylane(r) fillers and Mesopeel periocular peels and revitalizing skincare products like those by MGSKINLABS to produce more dramatic outcomes.
RF microneedling is another noninvasive solution worth exploring. This treatment uses radiofrequency technology to address fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin around the eyes while stimulating collagen production to tighten skin tightening results. Furthermore, an RF microneedling device penetrates deeper layers with nitrogen plasma that doesn’t interact with chromophores to limit thermal damage to surrounding tissue.
2. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) offers one of the latest non-invasive methods of tightening eyelid skin: It uses an ultrasound probe that emits ultrasound waves that target specific areas on your face. A HIFU facelift uses ultrasound energy to promote collagen formation for firmer skin and can even help reduce sagging around eyes, brows and jawlines. Although results from this procedure may take longer to appear than with other skin treatments, HIFU treatments do not require any downtime either!
HIFU can penetrate deep into skin structure to target fat cells and tissue beneath. Ultrasound energy heats up tissues, which causes them to damage cells causing healing response by producing new collagen and elastin fibers which tighten skin for a more youthful look.
While HIFU may be beneficial in treating loose eyelid skin, it may not be effective against more severe laxity or in those who have undergone previous cosmetic surgeries or suffer from medical conditions that preclude its safe usage.
For optimal results, it is crucial that you follow your doctor’s instructions prior and following HIFU treatment. This means limiting sun exposure and taking certain medications as directed as well as maintaining a healthy diet. Imaging studies may also be performed before beginning, which helps your physician plan your HIFU procedure more accurately.
HIFU is generally safe and noninvasive procedure; however, some clients report feeling pressure or tingling sensation during the procedure. Once finished, however, you can return immediately back to normal daily activities. HIFU usually shows results within two to three months with proper maintenance and can last several years with proper results. You may be able to combine it with other cosmetic treatments, such as laser facial or microneedling to maximize results further.
3. Plasma Fibroblast
Plasma fibroblast is a minimally-invasive procedure used to tighten excess eyelid skin and restore an aged appearance. A plasma device emits high energy discharge to create small wounds on your skin surface, encouraging cells known as fibroblasts to repair them and maintain firmness. Although relatively new on the facial and cosmetic treatment scene, Plasma Fibroblast has rapidly gained popularity among those looking for effective alternatives to laser, injection and surgical procedures.
At each treatment session, a specialized device provides plasma energy via a pen-like attachment without ever physically touching your skin. The plasma charge sublimates your uppermost layer of skin, which in turn tightens down and tightens naturally within minutes to trigger shrinkage and tightening process for healing – leaving behind only minor scarring that fades over time.
This technique is safe for most clients, even those with sensitive skin. Our clinic uses topical anesthetic cream to reduce any discomfort during this non-invasive procedure, making the experience comfortable. Ideal for reducing drooping eyelids as well as loose skin around mouth, stomach and breasts – as well as scars or stretch marks!
Plasma fibroblast therapy offers numerous advantages, but it is essential to remember the risks involved with plasma fibroblast. Chemical alkaline burns on cornea can result from unwitting instillation of an anesthetic such as EMLA cream during treatment preparation.
To prevent eye injuries caused by applying EMLA cream directly into your eyes in the future and only receiving plasma fibroblast skin tightening treatments at licensed clinics with trained physicians. Treatments may leave you sore, swollen, red or peeling during healing; picking or exposing this area could result in permanent damage; for optimal results it’s recommended that three sessions be attended; although some patients may see success after only one.
4. Microcurrent Devices
Sagging skin around the eyes can make you look tired, aged or angry and can also interfere with vision. A surgical eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, can be costly and require downtime; fortunately there are non-invasive technologies which can subtly tighten and rejuvenate upper eyelids without going under the knife.
One of the most effective facial treatments available today is microcurrent. This device uses gentle electrical stimulation to stimulate collagen and elastin production, increasing firmness and texture as well as blood circulation and lymph flow to give skin an overall brighter, fresher appearance. Microcurrent devices can be found at spas and beauty boutiques alike as well as purchased for at-home use – celebrity esthetician Taylor Worden likens microcurrent devices to workout machines for your face! You may already know of popular at-home microcurrent tools like Foreo Bear or NuFACE devices from home.
Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening is another non-surgical solution available today that may reduce upper eyelid hooding. RF skin tightening utilizes energy to stimulate collagen production and increase elasticity, effectively relieving any upper eyelid hooding that occurs. It’s suitable for all skin types and can even be done on entire faces with hand-held RF devices like Amiro Pro Facial RF R1. This process can be carried out either at home or office using this non-invasive treatment option.
Be mindful that non-surgical procedures are designed to enhance your appearance and should not be seen as medical treatments. If your upper eyelids have severe sagging or puffiness, an ophthalmologist must perform a full eye exam. An experienced ophthalmologist can advise the most suitable non-surgical solutions for you. People with moderate to severe eyelid sagging will see dramatic results from blepharoplasty surgery; however, this requires more invasive measures and requires more downtime recovery time. If you want help rejuvenating the look of your upper eyelids contact us now and book a consultation appointment – our experienced team of cosmetic doctors can assist in helping you attain a youthful, rejuvenated appearance!