Lifting the eyes: surgery vs. creams and gadgets

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

May 2, 2016 9:30:00 AM

eyelid surgery vs. eyelid creamsIt happens to nearly everyone over time: the upper eyelids start to sag, creating an older, tired appearance. Or, puffiness and excess fat take over the lower lids, resulting in much-dreaded “bags” under the eyes.

 These eyelid problems are extremely common, though that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with. It’s no wonder eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty is among the top five plastic surgery procedures performed in our country. It’s an effective way to get rid of excess skin and/or fat on the upper or lower lids, resulting in a more youthful, rested, radiant appearance.


Non-surgical eye lift?

In their quest to have more youthful eyes, many people wonder if non-surgical creams and gadgets can give them results similar to blepharoplasty. There are thousands of eye creams available in stores, from common drugstore brands, to prestige products costing hundreds of dollars. Some people have also tried eyelid tape, which is applied to the upper eyelids to help lift and support the skin. Do these methods really work?


What creams can — and can’t — do

Although there are plenty of elegant creams available that can temporarily boost hydration and plump the skin around the eyes, they don’t have the ability to noticeably lift excess skin or eliminate bags. A quality eye cream should, however, be part of your skin care arsenal to keep your eye area looking as youthful as possible. Quality eye creams can help you avoid lines, wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging. You should also be diligent about sun protection by wearing sunglasses when outdoors and using sunscreen products meant for the sensitive skin around the eyes. This can go a long way toward keeping your eye area looking young  but can’t do much when sagging and bags have already occurred.


The effects of eyelid tape

It seems like a great solution — using special tape on your lids to “hold up” excess skin and achieve a lifted look. Some tapes on the market do a decent job of providing a temporary lift to the lid, but results will vary considerably based on your skin type and how much excess skin or fat is present. Plus, eyelid tapes only work on the upper lids and can’t help with bags under the eyes.

Downsides to using eyelid tape include the fact that the tape is often visible, and can interfere with makeup application. Some people also notice irritation from the adhesive, and if it’s not applied in just the right way, you won’t see much improvement — if at all. Not to mention, there’s considerable time and precision needed to apply it. Most of us don’t need another step to our morning routines.

Eyelid tape is popular among those who have “Asian eyelids,” or lids that don’t have a distinct crease. The tape can give the illusion of a “double eyelid” with a crease, although it’s only a temporary fix and won’t work for everyone.

Unfortunately, no cream or tape is ever going to give you results equal to surgery. You may be surprised to learn that today’s eye lift surgery is relatively fast and easy with little recovery time. It can be worked into most busy schedules, and incisions are well hidden in the natural eyelid crease.

Are you feeling unhappy with the appearance of your eyelids and wonder if blepharoplasty might work for you? Contact Monarch Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation, and speak with experienced plastic surgeons who can help you achieve the look you desire.

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Topics: Skincare, Eyelid surgery, Cosmetic Surgery

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