Comparing Treatments for Aging Eyelids
Your eyes are one of the first things people notice about you, for better or for worse. Smooth eyelids convey energy and youth while wrinkled or puffy skin on the eyelids can be a sign of old age and exhaustion. If your eyes fall into the latter category, a non-surgical treatment with Dr. Sheena Kong can help. Here are five treatment options to rejuvenate aging eyelids.
Botox is a popular non-invasive treatment that is used to reduce wrinkles, including those that form at the outer corner of the eyes, known as crow’s feet. Botox works by relaxing muscle movement, which in turn smooths out the wrinkles and creases on the overlying skin. Dr. Kong can perform the minimally invasive treatment in a quick lunchtime appointment. Results typically are visible within 24 to 48 hours after treatment, and no downtime is required. Keep in mind that results with Botox are temporary (lasting about three to six months), so repeat treatments are necessary to maintain a youthful look.
Over time, the skin loses elasticity and begins to droop and sag. In the case of the upper eyelids, the result is an older-looking and tired appearance. To combat this issue, Dr. Kong offers Thermage, a non-surgical treatment that lifts and tightens the skin. Thermage uses radiofrequency to stimulate the body’s collagen regeneration process, which in turn tightens and lifts sagging skin on the upper eyelids.
Ultherapy is another non-surgical skin tightening treatment used to treat lax skin. Dr. Kong often uses Ultherapy to lift the eyebrow area, creating a nice arch to frame the eyes. Ultherapy uses radiofrequency energy to deliver heat to the skin’s foundation. This causes the body to produce new collagen and rebuild new skin cells. The new skin is tighter and firmer, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Ultherapy is a great solution for smoother, younger-looking eyes if you have mild to moderate wrinkles and skin laxity on the area below the eyebrows.
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid based filler used to restore volume to sunken facial areas, including that hollowed areas underneath the eyes. By filling in the under-eye circles, Juvederm restores a youthful and well-rested appearance. Like Botox, Juvederm provides temporary results (approximately six to nine months), so Dr. Kong recommends scheduling repeat treatments.
If wrinkles or loose skin are not an issue but you still wish to revamp your eyes, Latisse may be the answer. Latisse is the only FDA approved treatment for eyelash growth. Latisse is a great solution for individuals with sparse or naturally thin eyelashes who desire longer, darker and thicker lashes. Latisse is easy to use; all you need to do is apply the product to the base of the upper lashes. Results are typically seen within two months of daily use. With thicker, fuller lashes, you will notice your eyes will look brighter.
Medical-grade Skin Care Products
The importance of a good quality eye cream cannot be overemphasized. Medical-grade skin products can do wonders to restore a soft look to the eyes. For the delicate skin around the eyes, Dr. Kong recommends applying eye moisturizing cream from Neocutis.
Are you tired of looking exhausted even when you’re fully rested? Do you wish to rejuvenate your eyes and overall facial appearance? Dr. Kong can help you find an appropriate treatment for your aesthetic concerns. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Kong by calling her Downtown San Francisco med spa practice at (415) 673-7600.