Anti-Aging Eyes (Part I) : Eye Opening Tips For Droopy EyeLids

doctor pulling up eyelid-compressedDroopy eyelids, also known as ptosis (TOE-sis), is a common known malady of the aging eye.

It’s caused by a loss of elasticity in your lid as well as a weakening of the muscle, called the levator, that elevates your eyelid.Blah, blah, blah. Let’s skip all the ‘why’s’ and get to the ‘how’s’. How do you get rid of those saggy lids?

Botox for Droopy Eyelids

If your lids have already begun the drooping process then you’re well past the phase of lotions and potions and on to some more significant measures. But first let’s do a test. Put your index finger just above your eyebrow and gently pull up.

Do you see an acceptable change in your lid? If so, then a touch of Botox injected above your brow line can go a long way in lifting those sagging muscles the extra millimeter you need to make a visible difference.

botox above the brow line

A touch of neurotoxin injected just above the brow can lift a droopy eyelid

Neurotoxins, such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are priced by the unit. Depending on the the severity of the sag , you can expect to use 10 to 15 units per eye. Units run from $8 -$15 each depending on which brand you use and where you live.

There’s no downtime for this procedure but it could take 3 to 5 days to see the full effect. It’s definitely worth the investment!

Dermal Fillers for Droopy Eyelids

Not satisfied with a minor lift of the brow? Then do this. Take your thumb and place it on top of your eyebrow. Now take your index finger and place it a half an inch above and gently pinch them together. Do you see a difference in your upper eyelid that satisfies you?

If so, then dermal fillers could be the answer.

fillers

During this procedure, a dermal filler, such as Juvederm or  Restylane, will be injected under your skin, immediately behind your eyebrow, to add dimension, making your upper eyelid less droopy and more alert looking.

Another option is to put some filler in the temple area, which pulls your eyelids from the outside corners. Depending where you are in the aging process, one of these areas, or both, can be an ideal solution for your saggy eyelids.

Dermal fillers are a little more involved than Botox in that you first have to have the area numbed. Even so, it still stings a bit, but most fillers have lidocaine mixed in so the first poke should be the worst.

And a great thing about fillers is that you get to see immediate results. It’s simple enough to still be considered a lunchtime procedure.

Dermal fillers are charged by the syringe and range from $400 – $500 each, depending on where you live and the brand of filler used. This procedure may take a couple syringes the first time, and after that, you just build on that.

But here’s the thing, some doctors offices will let you use a partial syringe and save the rest. Others make you ‘use it or lose it’ which makes you feel obligated to put it in other areas of your face.

Slippery slope, ladies. If your injector’s office doesn’t offer to save the extra filler then it may be worth it to check around for one that does.

Laser Treatment for Droopy Eyelids

If you don’t feel you’re a candidate for neurotoxins or fillers, then laser could be another option. I use the term ‘laser’ loosely as the ultrasound and radiofrequency (RF) technology aren’t actually lasers but, they’re grouped into the laser category when your shopping for services so, for the meantime, we’ll group them here.

Ultherapy

girl getting ultherapy

Ultherapy for Skin Tightening

Ultherapy is ultrasound technology that’s applied to your forehead to generate more collagen in your eyelid area. It takes 3-6 months to see results, it hurts like crap and costs upwards of $2k no matter what city you live in.

Another thing about Ultherapy is that the area being treated cannot be numbed. You can’t use an anesthetic on the treatment area since it causes the skin to swell a millimeter or so, inhibiting the Ulthera from penetrating the 4mm necessary in order to see any results.

girls eyes before and after ultherapy

(Source: Ultherapy.com)  Girl before and 90 days after Ultherapy Treatment on the Brow Area

Your face will be swollen for a few days after and then, within 2-6 months you should notice a tightening in the forehead and eyelid area.

Thermage

thermage unit

Thermage for Skin Tightening

Thermage uses radiofrequency energy as a jump start for your bodies skin renewal system. Their patented tip first cools your skin, then the treatment tip is placed against the treatment area delivering radiofrequency energy deep into the skin’s tissue in order to remodel the collagen underneath.

Finally, a dose of cryogen (liquid nitrogen) is applied to cool the skin and your done.

It takes about six months to see the results and is in the same price range as the Ultherapy at $2,000 and up. Your eyes may be swollen for a few days but, other than that, it’s really a no downtime procedure. But it hurts, it’s expensive and it’s temporary.

So you know what’s coming next, right?

Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is not taking the Lord’s name in vain, it’s a surgical procedure that is far simpler to do than to pronounce. It’s a surgical procedure that removes excess skin that causes hooding on the top of your eyes and bagging on the bottom.

Today we’ll discuss an upper blepharoplasty for droopy lids.

upper blepharoplasty incision

Incisions for Upper Blepharoplasty

Getting a blepharoplasty will disappear all of that extra skin for good. It’s not as scary as it sounds, and until your remaining skin has time to age and droop, the problem is solved. Are you ready for this big step?

beautyblackbook tips Here’s a test. If you can pinch the skin on the crease of your lid and not pull your eyes freakishly open then it may be that time, girlfriend.

Blepharoplasty is a pretty common procedure nowadays. So common, 161,389 women did it in 2013. My mom just had it done because her drooping eyelids were affecting her vision. She found a top rated surgeon and was in and out in of the office in about an hour and a half.

I wouldn’t say it’s a lunchtime procedure but these days you can go in, get a shot to numb your eyelid and stay awake while the surgeon does his magic. She said it burned a little when the numbing wore off later, but nothing her pain meds couldn’t handle.

girl before and after upper eye blepharoplasty

(Source: ASAPS) Girl Before and After Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

The results can be dramatic but they shouldn’t be too dramatic or else your eyes won’t shut. Not convenient. This is why you need to shop carefully for your plastic surgeon and study lot’s of before and after pics.

Your eyelids will be swollen for about a week and the final result will be seen in 6-8 weeks. 

beautyblackbook tipsTIP: Make sure your doc’s not shy about prescribing the pain meds. This is not a take-two-tylenol-and-call-me-in-the-morning kind of deal so don’t be embarrassed to ask for a more meaningful painkiller.

If your eyelids bother you as you age, then do something about it! There are plenty of resources but remember to use them sparingly.

Eyes are the main focus of your face and, if you change them too much, you may not recognize who you are on the other end (ex. Renee Zellweger).

So, as long as you think conservatively and choose wisely, you never need to take those droopy eyelids sitting down!

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