The Nip & Tuck articles by Dr Tracy Mountford appear weekly, in print and online, in the Monday ‘Inspire’ section. In this week’s column, a reader would like to do something about her sagging eyelids, without resorting to surgery.
In the past couple of years, I’ve started to get sagging eyelids. Is there a non-surgical procedure that could help?
Dr Mountford explains that, as we age, the forehead gradually descends, causing the eyebrows to lower – which in turn causes the upper eyelids to look heavier. This is compounded by the decrease in the amount of collagen and elastin in our skin. Surgical procedures, such as blepharoplasty, possibly combined with a brow lift, will deliver excellent results. However, if you are looking for a non-surgical alternative, the ‘Instant Eyelift‘ is a great option.
This is a combination treatment which involves Thermage Eyes and Ultherapy. Thermage is a non-invasive radio frequency treatment than can treat both the upper and lower eyelids, to promote new collagen production and stimulate existing collagen. This helps to remodel and tighten the skin, making it look more youthful. It will also reduce under-eye sagging and soften fine lines and wrinkles. Your eyes look brighter; skin also feels tighter and smoother, making it easier to apply eye shadow and eyeliner. For added lift where the eyelid is very heavy, Ultherapy ultrasound treatment to the brow targets the muscle, as well as the skin, to further remodel and tighten collagen further at a deeper level to add more upper eyelid lift.
After a single treatment, you will continue to see improvement for up to six months. There should be no swelling or bruising and you can return to your regular routine straight after the procedure. This treatment can last for a year or two, depending on your skin condition and natural ageing process.
For more information on Thermage Eyes or Ultherapy, please contact our Reception Team.