A person’s appearance can be greatly influenced by the condition of their skin and how well they age. One way to address these concerns is through nonsurgical upper eyelid lifting. This type of surgery, which involves no incisions or stitches, has become an increasingly popular option for people looking to improve their looks without undergoing invasive procedures. Here you’ll find information about what this procedure entails and why it might be a good choice for you.

You’ll also learn about the causes of eyelid drooping and how it can be corrected with non-surgical upper eyelid lifting.

Sagging Eyelids Cause Fine Lines, Crow’s Feet

There are several different ways in which skin around the eyes – particularly the eyelids – can appear unattractive or aged. One is sagging skin, which may give you a tired or haggard look. As you age, your body produces less collagen – a protein that keeps skin firm and elastic.

Without enough collagen, your skin loses its ability to stay taut and smooth; if this happens around your eyes, it creates sagging pockets of tissue called “hollows” underneath the eye itself (this is referred to as ptosis).

Sagging skin can also result in bags under the eyes (this is called “tenting”), or lines and wrinkles that radiate out from the corners of your eyes.  These are known as crow’s feet, which are the first signs of aging. If not addressed, these eye wrinkles can become permanent and stand out in addition to your sagging eyelids.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Upper Eyelid Lifting

Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on invasive surgical procedures (such as blepharoplasty) to correct these issues. Non-surgical upper eyelid lifting can address both sagging skin and hollows underneath the eyes – and it usually takes less than two hours for the procedure to be completed.

This may seem like a contradiction; after all, how is it possible to provide consistent, long-lasting results without surgery? The answer lies in the treatment itself. Non-surgical upper eyelid lifting works by causing specific areas of your skin to tighten via microtrauma. When used appropriately, this process stimulates your body’s natural ability to repair damage by creating new collagen and elastin; this effectively lifts the skin in question, eliminating the appearance of sagging.

The Procedure: How It Works

Treatment is performed with a device called Agnes RF, which utilizes radiofrequency technology to tighten skin and stimulate collagen production. The procedure itself takes approximately 60 minutes per eye – this is optimal because it allows time for your skin to undergo a full healing process before you leave the office.

Your practitioner will apply pre-cooling gel pads to your eyes to alleviate any discomfort, and then use the micro insulated needle tip of Agnes RF to create dozens of thermal wounds underneath the eyelid (this is referred to as “microtrauma”). These tiny wounds look similar to mosquito bites; they are positioned so that they correspond with the hollows under your eyes, which means that when healing is complete, these areas will be lifted and tightened.

As the heat from Agnes RF penetrates the skin, collagen production increases. This new collagen enforces existing elastin fibers in the skin to tighten – effectively lifting the eyelid and eliminating sagging. Your practitioner will continue to apply thermal wounds until desired reshaping has been achieved; once this happens, he or she will start another course of treatment at a different depth (this is known as “peeling”).

When one session of nonsurgical upper eyelid lifting has been completed on both eyes, your practitioner will apply soothing gel pads for 20 minutes before removing them. They’ll also provide you with protective shields that you’ll wear on your eyes for the next three days, to ensure that no dirt or dust gets into your newly-healed skin.

Swelling may occur over the course of the following day(s), but this is a sign that your body is healing properly; it will go away in about seven to 10 days and can be managed with ice packs and eye drops, which will also help reduce any discomfort. It’s best not to wear makeup during this period, since putting anything heavy on top of these wounds could cause them to break open prematurely.

Frances J. Kuntz