Eye Focus: The professionals recommend the best treatments
We gather insights from top aesthetic doctors on popular eye treatments to combat signs of ageing, and discover non-invasive ways to bigger and brighter peepers.
#1 360 Degree Non-surgical Eye Rejuvenation
With age, the delicate skin around the eye loses elasticity and begins to develop wrinkles. As the underlying muscle weakens and sags, the deep fat pads start to bulge through. Volume is lost, creating hollows and resulting in visible eye bags. The solution? The Aesthetic Studio’s eye rejuvenation programme, which combines two non-invasive technologies: Ultraformer III (UF III) using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) technology, and AGNES Radiofrequency Needling.
Combining UF III and AGNES is a multi-layered approach that avoids surgery. UF III heats and stimulates the deeper layers of the skin, promoting collagen production and lifting effects. Done every six months, it tightens overlying skin, reduces drooping and keeps wrinkles at bay, without any downtime.
The AGNES eye protocol allows a combination of skin tightening as well as deeper fat melting, reducing under-eye bulge (eye bag) while firming up wrinkled skin around the eye. Downtime can range from two to seven days of mild swelling to bruising, depending on what you’re being treated for.
#2 Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
The most commonly performed eyelid surgery at Aesthetic & Reconstructive Centre is upper eyelid blepharoplasty, specifically for creating an upper eyelid crease or adjusting an existing one. Popular amongst younger patients, this surgical procedure gives the eyes a brighter look and creates space for eye makeup. For eyes that are small from side to side, there are two alternatives: medical canthoplasty to widen the corners of the eye nearer to the nose, and lateral canthoplasty to widen the opposite corners of the eye. However, canthoplasty should be approached with caution as it may result in dry eyes and visible scarring.
An upper blepharoplasty can also be performed to remove excess skin and fat in droopy upper lids. This can be a useful and viable option for older patients whose vision is obstructed by prominent upper eyelid hooding.
#3 Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
According to Dr Wong Chin Ho from W Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, eye bags should be reviewed alongside other signs of ageing, like sagging cheeks. A lower lid blepharoplasty is one way to tackle it.
Done via a discreet incision just below the lower lashes, eye bag fat is removed and redistributed into the deflated area directly below to correct tear trough deformity, which occurs when there is a hollow junction sitting between the lower lid and the cheek. At the same time and via the same incision, the cheek is lifted to correct sagging in that area. Finally, the excess skin is carefully removed before the incision is closed up. For patients with a significant loss of facial fat in the cheeks, some fat grafting may be performed at the end of the procedure to restore volume.
In contrast to traditional eye bag surgery that only removes fat, by addressing the three aspects of ageing that occur in the cheek area – eye bags, sagging and loss of volume – a more complete rejuvenation can be achieved. Expect a total downtime of around 10 to 14 days.
Psst… Enhance the effect with injectable fillers, which can be used in combination with this treatment to restore lost volume and fill any under-eye hollows.
Psst… Over time, the eyes may become smaller due to age- associated eyelid ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelids) or the drooping of the brow. For the former, a tightening or reattachment of the levator muscle will help to open up the eyes. If your brows are droopy, consider a brow-lift, where the brows are repositioned to an optimal position for a more youthful look.