Droopy Crepe Eyelids-Is There Anything I Can Do to Fix This That Is Not Surgery?
One of the first features we notice in other people is their eyes. While many signs of aging in the skin can be camouflaged, the thin skin around and above the eyes exposes lines and wrinkles more prominently than other areas of skin that retain fat and volume longer. The repeated movements of the muscles around the eyes eventually etches lines and deeper wrinkles known as crow’s feet into the skin. Additionally, the skin loses collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid due to aging and it causes skin laxity, it also causes the tissue on the eyelids to sag.
If I notice droopy, crepe eyelids, is there anything I can do to fix this that is not surgery? Aging eyes are often accompanied by heavy upper eyelids. For a permanent solution, patients choose a blepharoplasty, an eyelid lift surgery that reinstates smoother, firmer looking skin. For those who are not ready to go under the knife, nonsurgical treatments include injectables such as hyaluronic acid fillers or Botox and Dysport. With Botox or Dysport, by weakening the muscles that pull the brows down, the brows are lifted, taking away the folds and heaviness of the upper eyelids. Results can take up to 14 days to see the full effects but can last between 3 to 6 months. Dermal fillers can fill in the hollow areas that cast shadows causing the appearance of dark circles as well as addressing crow’s feet around the eyes. While results are noticeable nearly right away it can take an additional 2 weeks for the filler to fully blend and settle with the surrounding tissues to minimize droopy, crepe-look of the eyelids. A new alternative to eyelid surgery is a non-invasive method called Plasmage. Plasma energy is used to heat the skin for eyelid tightening. The pen-like medical device creates tiny dots with an ionization of gas on the skin that triggers an immediate reaction from the tissue to tighten, lift, contour and renew. Long-lasting results are visible immediately and can last up to 2 years, some patients only require 1 treatment, but others require up to 3 treatments for optimal results.
If you want to refresh tired-looking eyes, consult with David W. Allison, MD for ways to treat droopy, crepe eyelids without yielding to surgical measures. Our doctors develop eyelid rejuvenation treatments based on individual needs and preferences. Call today at 703-754-8228 or visit WEBSITE to learn more.