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.
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.