What are Saggy or Drooping Eyelids?
Saggy or drooping eyelids, also known as ptosis, are a common sign of the natural ageing process. The upper eyelids are incredibly delicate, supported by muscle, bone and fat. When the muscles that open your eyelids weaken over time, this can cause them to sag, droop or overhang.
With age, cellular turnover begins to slow. As a result, the body’s natural collagen and elastin production decrease. Collagen and elastin are key components in the skin’s structure, which help keep it plump and supple. Collagen gives your eyelids strength and flexibility, whereas elastin returns its stretched structure to its original shape with every blink.
Though they are not of any immediate medical concern, noticeably heavy or droopy eyelids can appear to age you beyond your years, which may be disheartening. In some severe cases, ptosis can physically limit or obstruct an individual’s vision, in which case it is advisable to seek medical assistance. However, as a purely cosmetic concern, various treatments are available to help reduce and improve the appearance of heavy or droopy eyelids.
What Treatments are Available for Saggy or Drooping Eyelids?
Here at Eden Skin Clinic Wimbledon and Kensington, we offer two highly effective treatment options for reducing and improving the appearance of drooping eyelids.
ACCOR (Aesthetic Cosmetic Corrector), also known as a plasma pen treatment, is a non-surgical alternative to skin tightening surgery. It offers a permanent solution to reducing heavy, drooping, or saggy upper eyelids by leaving them tighter and smoother.
During an ACCOR cosmetic corrector treatment, a plasma pen is directed over the skin, projecting a small electrical arc from its tip onto its surface. The energy created by the plasma pen heats the skin, causing a tightening effect.
After treatment, the plasma skin tightening effect continues to develop for several weeks as new collagen fibres are produced. The small points of contact made during an ACCOR procedure form scabs that drop off after a week to reveal tighter, smoother skin.
Though it offers instant results for heavy and drooping eyelids, the effects of this treatment will continue developing for up to three months. Top-up sessions may be required no sooner than 12 weeks after the initial treatment.
NeoGen SPA Nitrogen Plasma Treatment
The NeoGen SPA Nitrogen Plasma treatment is available only at our Kensington branch. This is another potential treatment option for drooping or sagging eyelids, particularly in cases where the hood is not yet so pronounced. This treatment is potentially a more suitable option if the downtime of traditional plasma treatments such as ACCOR will not work with your lifestyle, as it does not cause any scabbing on the skin.
Nitrogen gas is converted into plasma inside a state-of-the-art handpiece. The thermal energy produced by this process is transferred onto the skin, targeting areas of concern. The tissue treated will immediately visibly contract, giving a tightened, lifted look.
This process triggers the skin’s natural healing process, stimulating the increased production of collagen for results which improve over time. Typically, a course of at least three sessions, spaced roughly one month apart, is required for best results.
To learn more about our saggy or drooping eyelid treatments, why not book a consultation with one of our Eden Skin Clinic specialists? Our expert team at our Wimbledon or Kensington clinic in Central London will examine your skin’s condition and answer any of your questions.
What Causes Saggy or Drooping Eyelids?
The skin surrounding our eyes is the thinnest on the body, making it extremely vulnerable to external factors. Inadequate protection for the eyes against UV rays can impact the development of heavy or droopy eyelids. Daily exposure to UV rays slows down cellular regeneration, resulting in damage and alterations to the skin’s structure.
A further cause for heavy and droopy eyes can be a poor or rough makeup removal routine. Tugging and pulling on eyelids with cotton pads and harsh chemically infused makeup wipes can cause the eyelids to stretch. Once repeatedly stretched, the eyelids cannot naturally return to their original shape.
Additionally, the muscular structures around the eye deteriorate as our body’s collagen and elastin production decline. As the average person blinks approximately 12 times a minute, this, coupled with regularly touching or rubbing the face, can stretch and weaken the upper eyelid.
When you book a consultation at our Wimbledon or Kensington clinic, one of our specialists will advise you on effectively treating drooping eyelids.
Drooping Eyelid Treatment Costs
If you are interested in our ACCOR or NeoGen SPA Nitrogen Plasma treatments to treat your heavy, drooping, or saggy eyelids, please get in touch with Eden Skin Clinic today. We would be happy to assess your skin concern and work with you to create a bespoke treatment plan.
Please fill out our online consultation form if you are ready to get booked in for one of our treatments. We will get back to you shortly to schedule an appointment.
You may also call us at our Wimbledon or Kensington clinic in Central London. Our expert team would be happy to answer your questions and help you find a treatment that suits your needs.