Non-Surgical Alternatives for Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
November 17, 2023
Aging, sun exposure, and genetics can contribute to the development of sagging or puffy eyelids. While eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, has traditionally been a popular solution, it can seem daunting. Ask anyone who’s had Lasik. Blepharoplasties are a little different than laser eye surgery… but they still garner some apprehension from patients.
Ultimately, there is nothing that will be quite as transformative as a surgical procedure. But as a clinic that tailors every procedure to each individual, we also know that surgery isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. While our surgeons are exceptional practitioners who will do an incredible job explaining procedures to you and calming your anxieties, some folks want to explore non-surgical options before settling on surgery. Additionally, not everyone is a good candidate for an eyelid lift.
So let’s introduce you to (or re-acquaint you with) some of your non-surgical interventions. You’ll notice that a lot of these treatments target the areas close to and around the eyelids. This is because there’s little that can be done to the actual lids themselves without involving surgery. Nevertheless, advancements in cosmetic procedures now offer pretty effective alternatives for brightening your pretty peepers.
Botox for the Eye Area
Botox needs no introduction, but we’ll give her one anyway! Botox is a neuromodulator, widely known for its ability to relax muscles and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our clinic offers other options like Xeomin and Dysport, but they all do the same thing in this context.
When strategically injected around the eyes, neuromodulators can smooth out crow’s feet—those fine lines that form at the corners of the eyes when we smile or squint—and this can create the illusion of lifted, brighter eyes. Additionally, neuromodulators can be strategically placed to actually lift the brows subtly creating a more youthful and open-eyed appearance without the need for surgical intervention.
Can filler target areas around the eyes?
We often mention botox and filler in the same breath, and this is because they often go hand in hand when it comes to non-surgical techniques. Don’t get me wrong, they have very distinct roles, but they are complimentary roles.
For eyelid lifting effects, filler can be used around the brow and temples—adjacent areas to the eyes. It can be injected under the brow, an area which loses volume over time, to ‘fluff’ up that space, so to speak. Filler can also be used in the temples to lift the tail of the brows and balance out the eye region.
Strategically placed filler can also be carefully injected under the eye in order to reduce the appearance of dark circles or bags under the eyes.
PRP or PRF to Brighten Dark Circles Under the Eyes
Our own plasma and platelets can be used to address sunken and hollow eyes, thereby improving the sagging appearance. PRP therapy, also known as the “vampire facial,” involves extracting a small amount of the patient’s blood, processing it to concentrate the central components, and then injecting the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) back into the skin.
Using a similar method, PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) can also be extracted from the blood and injected to create a filler-like effect.
When applied to the delicate eye area, PRF stimulates collagen production, enhances skin texture, and reduces the appearance of lines. Since the eyes are such a sensitive area, using biological material can mitigate concerns of adverse reactions. This natural and regenerative approach can be a valuable non-surgical alternative for eyelid rejuvenation.
Thread Lifting Around the Eyes
The closest we can get to surgical lifting results without the actual surgery is likely through thread lifts. This treatment involves mindful placement of dissolvable threads just under the surface of the skin. The polydioxanone, or PDO threads used in a lift, are injected in areas where you find that you’ve lost some laxity and could use a little pick me up—literally.
The PDO threads have small barbs that hook onto the tissue under your skin and keep it in place, almost like velcro. The threads will dissolve within 6-9 months, but surprise! They also stimulate collagen and elastin production which means your results can last up to a year and beyond.
Skin Tightening Treatments
Whether it’s Morpheus8 or an alternative, non-surgical skin-tightening procedures that use radiofrequency or ultrasound technology have become increasingly popular for addressing laxity across the body. This can be applied to the eyelid and brow area. These treatments stimulate collagen production, promoting a firmer and more lifted appearance.
Morpheus8 in particular weaves in microneedling with the radiofrequency tech. RF does the melting of fat tissue to tighten up the brow and eye region, while microneedling adds the benefit of collagen-production. Both processes work to rejuvenate the eyes and achieve a more youthful contour.
Which eye treatment is right for me?
Non-surgical alternatives for eyelid rejuvenation offer a range of options for individuals seeking a refreshed and youthful appearance without the commitment and downtime associated with surgical procedures.
The key is to consult with various experienced and highly trained medical experts and professionals who can assess your specific concerns and recommend the most suitable non-invasive treatments for your unique needs. With advancements in cosmetic technology, achieving revitalized and brighter eyes has never been more accessible.