I’ve noticed something happening with my eyes and I don’t like it! No matter how much sleep I get, my eye bags are getting, well, more baggy - I look like I’ve had a really heavy weekend even on a Wednesday afternoon. But more upsetting is the fact my eyelids now seem to move when I put eyeshadow on and the skin is hanging down further than it used to - I end up looking like a cheap, sad clown when I wear eyeshadow!
At the moment I can live with it, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to worsen as I age. I was quite enthused, therefore, to find out that it’s something that I might be able to treat without going under the knife! Here, Lindsey Watson from Elle Jay Aesthetics in Worcestershire explains it all!
So Lindsey, what’s the deal with heavy eyelids and eye bags?
Traditionally these eye problems are treated with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) a cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids. The aim is to improve hooded or drooping eyelids or eye bags. Traditional plastic surgery to either the upper or lower blepharoplasty costs from around £1700 for upper lids and £2300 for lower, involves anaesthetic, takes 2-3hours and has a 4-6weeks recovery.
So what’s the alternative?
Gone are the days where we have to undergo the knife to rectify those baggy heavy eyelids and bags under the eyes! Plasma fibroblast is the way forward! Fibroblast skin tightening is a revolutionary new procedure. You get similar results to surgical treatment without the risk or long recovery.
Treatment is with an electric handheld device called a plasma pen. This pen uses a metal probe to ionize atmospheric gas between its tip and the gasses that the skin naturally emits which forms a plasma charge. An electrical arc is then created, shrinking the targeted skin. Your tissues will retract and tighten, providing you with a more youthful-looking appearance.
Initially there are scabs which take 3-7 days to fall off (no picking! It causes scarring), followed by some redness for a few days. Then the magic is seen, lovely new tight skin which continues to improve as your body goes through the healing process.
Skin elasticity and tightening will continue to improve as time goes on post-treatment, and your skin continues to heal and repair. Total time for new collagen production is 12 weeks but results are seen within a week to two weeks.
Can I go to work straight afterwards?
Probably not, we do need to use local anaesthetic, and there is some downtime due to swelling and scabs in the first 3-7 days. But it's much faster than surgery with less recovery time! For best results I recommend high doses of vitamin C for 2 weeks before and after treatment to aid healing. Ideally 1000mg per day. Your clinician may also provide aftercare serums such as silver colloidal gel.
How much does it cost?
A fraction of the cost of plastic surgery, from £750 for both upper and lower together.
Anything else I should know?
You MUST wear SPF 30-50 on the skin to protect it following treatment for at least 6 months, though SPF 30 is recommended daily to protect the skin from harmful UVA which helps reduce the ageing process in the skin. Results can last 3 years !
Plasma fibroblast can be used to treat many areas, not just the eyes. You should always seek a consultation with a medically trained professional for more information. Find someone local to you on Glowday here or book in directly with Lindsey right here.
Remember to drink water, no smoking, sunscreen and smile!
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