Eye Lift Surgery Alternatives
In an effort to appear more youthful, millions of people each year choose to undergo some form of cosmetic plastic surgery. For some, however, the idea of undergoing plastic surgery may not seem like the ideal solution. Whether for price or principle, not everyone is willing to go under the knife to achieve the desired effect – particularly when the surgery carries a significant number of risks, as is the case with eye lift surgery, or blepharoplasty.
As a result, people are increasingly seeking alternative ways to achieve similar goals (i.e reduced appearance of puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines) without the high potential costs – both physically and financially. So just how can people looking to reduce the signs of aging around their eyes do so, without all the risks of plastic surgery?
The No-Knife Eye Lift
Although the skin on your face is actually quite tough, the skin around your eyes is not. It is thinner and therefore more fragile. As a result, any damage imposed by the sun, stress, and age will appear in this area first.
Instead of undergoing an invasive plastic surgery, you might opt for these alternative treatments:
Thermolift (or Targeted Energy Treatment): This relatively new procedure involves the use of infrared light and/or radiofrequency waves to lift sagging skin, as well as go deep beneath the surface to diminish lines and wrinkles. The procedure normally takes about an hour to perform, and may cause a slight prickling sensation. Redness and/or peeling may also ensue in the days following.
Cost: $1,500 to $3,000
Lasting Effects: The results will be more dramatic and last longer if your skin was not significantly damaged. In any case, a series of procedures generally achieves maximum results normally lasting a year or more.
Muscle Relaxer (Botox): Botox can be very effective in temporarily smoothing wrinkles. It works by blocking chemical signals that cause muscles to contract. Since the muscles are temporarily paralyzed, the skin flattens and appears smoother. Of course, not all types of wrinkles can be reversed through botox injections. For instance, botox is less effective in treating wrinkles caused by sun damage. In addition, skin type, thickness, and the depth of the wrinkles all influence the effectiveness of this anti-aging procedure.
Cost: $300 to $600
Lasting Effects: The results are temporary and generally last anywhere between two and five months.
Thread lift: A thread lift is a relatively new procedure designed to lift sagging eyelids, deep nasiofolds (the area between the upper lip and nose), and neck. It involves the use of a thin needle and tiny threads that are inserted under the tissues of the face. No incisions or stitches are required, and no scarring results. It is normally performed while the patient is under local anesthesia.
Costs: $1,500 to $4,500
Lasting Effects: The effects of a thread lift will become immediately apparent. However, the actual lasting effects of the procedure are still largely unknown. They are estimated to last three to five years.
Skin care creams: The use of certain anti-aging skin care products has also been shown to provide marginal improvement, and can be a good option for those looking to limit the significant costs of other eye lift procedures. Try using active eye creams containing antiaging ingredients such as vitamin C or B5, peptides or other antioxidants. Hydration helps smooth wrinkles, so be sure to stay moisturized.
Costs: $10 to $150
Lasting Effects: Depending on the quality of the cream you purchase, the effects can last anywhere from several minutes to hours. The general rule is: the more you use them, the better the results.