A new ultrasound approach to fixing saggy eyelids
THE EYES are the first part of the face to offer hints of ageing, because puffiness in the lower eyelids can be accompanied by drooping upper lids, making you look tired even after a good night’s sleep.
Many people bothered by these problems undergo blepharoplasty to freshen their looks fresh and make them look younger, but there are those who shun facial plastic surgery not only because they dread the pain involved, but also because the results can look unnatural. That’s a result that can’t be reversed. For these folks, surgery is a little too much pain for the gain.
Fortunately there’s now an option for tightening up those sagging, hooded eyelids that doesn’t involve surgery. Mildly to moderate saggy eyelids and baggy eyes can be improved with a new-generation high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment called the Super HIFU Programme.
It’s a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin using ultrasound energy. The Ulthera is the first ultrasound-energy-based device of its kind to deliver focused energy into the SMAS layer, a supporting tissue attached to all areas of the face and until now accessible only via cosmetic surgery.
Bypassing the skin’s surface at the optimum depth and temperature, the ultrasound energy causes no damage as it prompts the SMAS layer to produce fresh collagen.
This helps the skin regain its elasticity, reducing eye bags and hooding of the eyelids.
Utilising the high-intensity focused ultrasound energy as well, the Super HIFU is the next-generation HIFU technology known to be almost pain-free. In other words, it’s much less painful than other eye-lifting technology.
There’s noticeable tightening for most patients during the course of three to four sessions. It takes three months for results to be fully apparent. However, you will need surgery if the hooding and sagging are severe.
THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL MD| is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and certified in dermatological laser surgery. Send your questions |for her to firstname.lastname@example.org