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Sagging, drooping eyelids are an all too common effect of aging, as the skin loses its elasticity and structure with the passing years. Unfortunately, the effects of aging around the eyes are noticeable, leaving the person looking years or even decades older. As the common saying goes, the eyes are the window to the soul. Subtle cues surrounding the eyes tell us whether a smile is genuine, determine whether we perceive someone as being trustworthy, and give clues to one's emotional state. When aging sets in and impacts the appearance of the eyes, the result can be that we look constantly tired, sad, or upset, and others may incorrectly interpret our facial expressions.

Thermage Eyes & Ultherapy in San Francisco

The Effects of Aging on the Eyelids

As we age, the skin of our faces naturally begins to lose collagen and decrease in volume. Around the eyes, this is particularly noticeable, as repetitive facial expressions cause wrinkles such as crow's feet, and gravity pulls on the delicate skin of the eyelids, tugging them out of shape, creating a droopy, saggy look. This can result in eyelids that are noticeably wrinkled, bags under the eyes giving a tired appearance, and sagging upper lids that make the eyes appear smaller and, in extreme cases, even interfering with vision. These effects don't just make you appear older and weary; the eyelids function best when they are smooth and tight. Many patients undergo blepharoplasty, a surgery that tightens the skin of the eyelids and removes excess skin and fat, but there are also less invasive, nonsurgical options that produce remarkable results.


A non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that utilizes heat to stimulate collagen production, Ultherapy uses ultrasound rather than radiofrequency waves to reach the desired therapeutic temperatures. Ultrasound has been used for a variety of applications in the medical field for years, due to its unique ability to penetrate specific depths of tissue. Now that ability has been harnessed to stimulate collagen growth and skin renewal at three different levels of the skin.

Eyelid Thermage and Ultherapy in San Francisco

Ultherapy is a great overall skin tightening treatment. However, it is not possible to directly treat sagging eyelid skin. Thermage eyelid treatment provides a complement nonsurgical skin tightening to the delicate eyelids. Therefore the two treatments are a great combination. Dr. Sheena Kong works with each patient personally at every step of care, using her background in internal medicine to inform her approach to nonsurgical cosmetic interventions. She is proud to offer both Thermage and Ultherapy as a minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatments for aging, droopy, and tired-looking eyelids and facial skin. Ask Dr. Kong about this signature combination during your consultation at her medical spa in San Francisco.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our office is open starting on June 15, 2020. We consider the well-being of our patients and staff as our highest priority and it is always best to take sensible precautions during a time like this.

Please note the following in regards to all patient appointments:

We are asking patients who experience any of the following symptoms to self-quarantine and cancel their appointments: fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and/or chest pain.

(This also includes those that have been in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals such as traveling to and from any high risk areas such as New York/New Jersey to self-quarantine and cancel appointments.)

  • All patients will have temperatures taken and are requested to wear a mask throughout their appointments.
  • We are limiting the number of appointments to reinforce social distancing.
  • Only the patients who are receiving a treatment are allowed in the office (pets, children, family and friends are asked to stay at home).
  • For procedures that patients cannot wear a mask, we request patients to obtain a COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to their scheduled appointments (see below for testing information).
  • These treatments include:
  • Facial laser treatments
  • Facial filler injections
  • Lip injections
  • Thread lifts
  • Ultherapy
  • Thermage

This also includes procedures that are delivered with closer proximity to patients over a long period of time:

  • Smartlipo
  • Inside Out Neck Lift
  • Coolsculpting
  • Thermage on the body
  • Cellfina

(Positive Covid-19 results or lack of tests will result in appointment cancellation.)

For Botox, Hair PRP, Kybella and Coolmini treatments, a COVID-19 test is not required prior to the appointment as long as patients keep masks on during the entire appointment.

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COVID-19 Testing Information:

For COVID-19 testing, you can do either the nasal swab or the saliva test, of which the latter may be more comfortable.

You can order your saliva test at the following link 2 weeks before your appointment for it to arrive in time; Vault health will prepare the paperwork for your reimbursement. Your first test should be covered by your insurance under the CARES Act:


Once the test arrives, please schedule your consultation about one week prior to your appointment. With the guidance of a Vault Health nurse, collect saliva for the test and then overnight your completed kit via FedEx (provided by Vault Health). Your results will be available about 2-3 days afterwards. You will then email Dr. Kong at info@sheenakong.com the results once you receive them.

Lastly, in addition to our already extensive level of cleaning and sterilization, we have supplemented these efforts with additional deep cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. I appreciate your efforts in keeping our practice a safer place!

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kindest Regards,
Dr. Sheena Kong