As we grow older, the skin around our eyes sags from a lack of collagen which combined with the excess fat creates a bulky look around our eyelids. Because of this, it may cause you to feel self-conscious about the puffy appearance of your eyes, but please remember, you are not alone. It is said that the majority of us will suffer from eye bags, hooded eyes or rhytides at some point in our lives.
Whether it’s due to our natural ageing process, a lack of sleep or its embedded with our genetics, a drooping effect to our eyes is entirely normal. Eye bags, hooded eyes and rhytides can all be reduced either clinically with a simple procedure, or surgically. Both options reduce or even remove the unwanted excess skin around your eyes. But, the only question that you need to ask yourself is: should I have a thread lift or eye-lift surgery?
Eye bags occur when weakened, sagging skin relaxes, and gravity pulls it downwards, forming a pouch. The fat pads located under our eyes begin to slip down and fill this space. The most common cause of bags is natural ageing; as we get older, our skin experiences a loss of fat padding, collagen and elastin. Lower collagen and elastin levels cause the skin and underlying muscles to lose their strength and firmness. The skin around our eyes is always naturally thinner and so, consequently, a lack of collagen and elastin in this area enhances this condition.
Hooded eyes, also known as blepharoptosis or ‘ptosis’ for short, is an eye condition where the skin on the upper eyelid is low lying. The nature of the skin sagging down towards, or in severe cases covering the eye is where the term ‘hooded’ originated. In these severe cases, hooded eyes can reduce an individual’s vision, as well as become an aesthetic problem.
The most common cause of hooded eyes is genetics as it is often an inherited feature which can even be congenital. Other people, however, only acquire sagging in their upper eyelid much later on in life. This condition will, unfortunately, worsen over time, and how quickly this deterioration shows is dependent on the individual.
Rhytides are often confused with wrinkles on our skin; however, rhytides only refer to the fine lines and minor creases that appear first. Rhytides can develop into wrinkles as the fine lines worsen into deeper folds and creases of the skin. These are early signs that your skin has lower levels of collagen and elastin, and can be exacerbated by prolonged sun exposure, smoking, an unhealthy diet and genetics.
Unfortunately, none of us can beat the clock, but there is a way to slow down and reduce time’s effect on our skin. The big question is: should you choose a traditional blepharoplasty procedure or opt for a revolutionary thread lift treatment?
A thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses specialised, medical-grade threads to lift and pull back any sagging and excess skin. The threads used help rejuvenate the skin and, in turn, give the skin a tighter and more youthful appearance.
Here at Thread Lift Experts, we have several different thread lifts on offer. It is essential that you chose the right thread lift to help you combat your eye bags and hooded eyes. We would suggest an unbarbed, smooth thread lift such as a PDO or for problems around your eye region as this will enable your clinician to get the best results when rebuilding and constructing the shape of your eyes.
A thread lift procedure is a cosmetic, skin rejuvenating treatment designed for both men and women. It is a minimally invasive procedure and often described as the non-surgical version of a face-lift. At our aesthetics clinic, PDO threads are used to pull back loose and sagging skin into a lifted position. The threads that are inserted hook into the skin and create a tighter tension across the face.
Post-treatment, our body begins to start the natural healing process now that the threads have created trauma on the dermis of the threaded area. From this, fibroblasts and new collagen are produced and such cells remain prominent for months after the treatment is finished. Because of this, our skin has a new lease of life; after an estimate of 6 months, the new collagen will have plumped, smoothened and even tightened your hooded eyes.
Eye-lift surgery, also known as eyelid surgery or a traditional blepharoplasty, aims to smooth out the skin around your eyes by going under the knife. A more youthful appearance is achieved by a skilled cosmetic surgeon cutting away the excess skin, fat and muscle with a scalpel. Eye bags are simply cut away, giving a drastic effect on a patient’s vision if the excess skin was beginning to impair their sight.
During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision along the crease of the upper eyelid, following the natural fold of the skin. A scalpel removes any excess skin, fat or muscle and, on closing the cut, the scar is hidden within the natural fold of the eyelid.
For the lower eyelid, an incision is positioned just below the lower eyelashes, or sometimes along the inside of the lower eyelid. Then, the fat is repositioned or removed from the bags underneath the eyes, depending on the patient. In some surgeries, a small portion of skin is cut away to help create the desired result before closing up.
After surgery, the surgeon will typically apply suture strips to help support the eyelids. These tend to be removed around a week later. The procedure on an upper eyelid takes around one hour, whereas lower eyelid surgery can take up to two hours. Patients can, however, return home the same day.
It is advised for patients recovering from eyelid surgery to take about one week off of work to rest. They are not allowed to drive for a few days after the operation and are recommended to avoid strenuous activity and swimming. They should refrain from wearing contact lenses, touching their eyes and smoking, as for some patients, the smoke can cause irritation.
Recovery from a thread lift is quite different. After a thread lift procedure, your day-to-day activities can resume instantly! As it is entirely non-invasive, you won’t need to take time to relax. Instead, you will be pain-free and ready to continue with your day.
A blepharoplasty, unfortunately, comes with quite a number of side effects and risks. Common side effects after eyelid surgery include puffy and numb eyelids that are difficult to close, irritated eyes, bruising around the eye, swelling, and scarring.
The further risks associated with this surgery include temporary blurred or double vision, asymmetrical eyes, a haematoma under the skin, and noticeable scarring. In more severe cases, the eye muscle can become injured, the lower eyelid can droop away from the eye or the lower eyelid can end up pulled down, revealing the white of the eye below the iris. In extremely rare cases, there can be visual impairment, excessive bleeding and a blood clot can develop in a vein or an infection.
A thread lift performed by skilled practitioners comes with minimal risk and is an extremely comfortable procedure. With a thread lift, while there can be a little discomfort and sickness directly after the procedure, as the local anaesthetic wears off, the majority of clients find the treatment extremely comfortable. There can be some redness and swelling post-treatment, where the threads have been inserted for a few days, however, any discomfort can be reduced by paracetamol or other forms of pain relief.
Another factor to consider is cost. In the UK, a blepharoplasty procedure can cost anything between £2,000 and £6,000. And, it is essential to remember that this figure may increase, should you need any additional consultations, surgery or follow-up care. In comparison, a thread lift costs considerably less. Here at Thread Lift Experts, a thread lift costs can vary due to how many threads are needed, but they’re significantly less pricey nonetheless.
Although we’ve briefly touched on the benefits of both eye treatments, it’s imperative that you’re knowledgeable on them in order to make a firm decision. Eye surgery can deliver you with semi-permanent results of wide, bright eyes that cut years off of our appearance, but with the likelihood of such severe risks, we recommend a thread lift.
A PDO thread lift may not give your permanent results, but they are natural, safe and dependable results that you cannot attain anywhere else. With PDO Thread Lifts, you may be required to maintain your results so that the lifting power holds, but ultimately, you will be left with a lifted surface area between the eyelid and brow, and a surface area that’s smooth, scarless and defined.
There may be a medical condition affecting your eyelids or another medical reason as to why the operation is not suitable for you. However, during a consultation with us, we will fully assess your eyes to determine whether or not you’re suitable for a thread lift. You can speak to your doctor too and determine whether or not threads (or another treatment here at Aesthetics of Liverpool) is appropriate for you.
We hope you now understand more about both eye-lift surgery and thread lifts. Without sounding too biased, we think thread lifts have much more benefits for people who want to get rid of their eye bags, hooded eyes and other signs of ageing without the risk of surgery. Thread lifts can also give more natural results by stimulating the production of natural properties of the body like collagen and elastin. Don’t alter your body for life, but rather enhance the natural features you already have with this fantastic aesthetic treatment.
If you want to learn more about thread lifts and whether they can help you gain the results you desire, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. You can learn more about their transformative benefits at our website or call us today on 0151 2031393.