Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is an operation aimed at correcting deformities or asymmetries in the eyelids. Since it does involve the use of the scalpel and healing time, however, many people have stayed away from it.
Non-invasive eyelift procedures have recently gained popularity as an alternative to traditional blepharoplasty. Is it a good choice, however? Does it deliver on its promises? Find the answers here.
Let’s start with the basics before digging into some more specific questions related to the procedure.
The non-invasive eyelift procedure (also known as non-surgical blepharoplasty) has a pretty self-explanatory name. No cutting or removal of excess skin takes place during an aesthetic correction. This means few and lesser-degree side effects and usually only mild discomfort.
The process of sublimation is utilised through a special device to make the corrections.
Sublimation is the turning of a solid straight to gas. Thus, excess tissue can be removed without damage to the surrounding skin. The results are also very quick, which is a pretty cool added benefit.
This may sound like science fiction but it really isn’t. Sublimation (often called plasma therapy) uses an electric discharge to generate energy which is applied dot-wise, or fractionally, to the planned area of skin. A single appointment lasts anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes. Subsequent healing and remodelling produce a smoother, firmer and slightly ‘’tighter’’ skin. Depending on the specific effect being pursued, one or two additional sessions may be required.
Non-surgical blepharoplasty does sound quite cool but what exactly can it accomplish when it comes to improving the appearance of the eye area?
Here are a few of the most common issues that can be addressed through this procedure:
The best way to find the answer is to see a reputable aesthetic physician. Your doctor will examine the areas you’re concerned about and suggest an optimal course of action.
People who have lost skin tightness and those who experience droopy eyelids are the ones that will see the biggest improvement through the non-invasive blepharoplasty.
The procedure is also a good choice for the removal of medium to deep wrinkles in the eye area (crow’s feet). Since the non-surgical blepharoplasty stimulates the intense production of collagen in the treated area, the tightness and restoration of one’s youthful appearance will be quite quick.
Non-invasive eyelift procedures can target all layers of the skin and the procedure may be a good choice for individuals in the 30 to 75+ age range.
How do traditional blepharoplasty and a non-surgical eyelift compare in terms of price?
Surgical eyelifts are substantially more expensive. There are various associated costs like the price of the surgery itself and the cost of anaesthesia, theatre costs, post-recovery care and follow-up appointments.
In Australia, the cost of traditional upper eyelid blepharoplasty ranges between 2,500 and 4,500 Australian dollars. The same values apply to lower eyelid surgery. A person that wants a combined procedure targeting both the upper and the lower eyelid should be prepared to spend about 4,500 to 8,000 dollars on getting the correction done.
There haven’t been standardised studies showing how much non-surgical eyelifts costs on the average. Significant variations are possible from one clinic to another. For the upper eyelid, the cost of the procedure comes in the range from 650 to 1,000 Australian dollars. If you want to tighten and rejuvenate both the upper and the lower eyelid, you should be prepared to spend about $1000 – $2000.
Complete upper and lower eyelid correction over the course of two to three sessions will cost anywhere between 2,000 and 2,500 dollars. As you can see, the sum is significantly lower when compared to the traditional surgery. The diminished recovery time and care are even bigger benefits, however, the surgical option may still be more appropriate for some individuals.
While this type of eyelift is considered a non-invasive procedure, there are still some minimal risks linked to it.
You should discuss the possible side effects and complications with your doctor before going through a non-invasive eyelid procedure. Any reputable healthcare provider will give you a detailed overview of the procedure, what to expect after it, how to take care of the affected area and what the list of potential side effects is.
The treatment is generally considered relatively safe. A local anaesthetic or a numbing agent will be applied or injected before the procedure commences. The aim of this is to reduce unpleasant sensations (like pinching, for example) that could be experienced during the procedure.
Some of the common side effects that resolve quickly after the procedure include the following:
These are all normal occurrences that will resolve on their own over subsequent days, with minor pinkness resolving over weeks.
People who go through non-surgical blepharoplasty and experience excessive warmth in the area, pus formation or fever need to get in touch with a doctor immediately.
The non-invasive eyelift procedure involves a significantly reduced recovery period in comparison to surgeries. Still, there are things you should do after the procedure to make the process even faster.
Here are the top 7 recommendations for post-procedure care:
Non-surgical eyelift procedures usually don’t call for the use of pain medication and topical anti-inflammatory products. If you are experiencing intense pain or discomfort, you should call your doctor immediately.
To sum it up, non-surgical blepharoplasty is relatively comfortable, quick and the recovery time is diminished greatly in comparison to the standard surgery. This procedure is also much more affordable than surgery and the risk of complications is less.
If you’re bothered by the tired appearance of your eyes or crow’s feet, you may consider this procedure as a possibility to regain a youthful appearance. Scheduling a consultation with an experienced doctor is the best way to find out if you’ll get good results and whether the specific issue that’s making you unhappy can be addressed in this non-invasive way.