To understand how a non-surgical eyelift can be accomplished without going under the knife, we must first consider the aspects of youthful eyes and how they change with age. As we age our eyelid proportions change. Older brows droop over the eyes, causing the upper eyelid to shorten. When lower eyelids hollow and cheeks droop, dark circles under the eyes are created. These changes often make a person look tired, stressed, or angry. Doctor Jacono has published on non-surgical eye lift treatments in his most recent book “The Face of the Future”. Doctor Jacono has been selected as a Castle Connolly Top Facial Plastic Surgeon in America and he lectures all over the world on different eyelid lifting techniques (http://www.newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com/publications.html). He practices in New York City at the New York Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery on 5th Avenue and on Long Island in Great Neck.
Non-Surgical Eye Lift Before and After 1. This patient had her upper eyelids lifted using Botox and her dark under eye circles filled with Restylane creating a more rested and youthful appearance.
The non-surgical eyelid lift uses the injectable treatments to re-establish youthful proportions, and rejuvenate tired eyes. Often a combination of the reshaping properties of Botulinum toxin and temporary fillers is used.
To lift the upper eyelids non-surgically, Botulinum toxin is injected into the muscles that pull down the eyebrows including the corrugator supercilli muscle between the eyebrows, and the orbicularis oculi muscle at the outer tail of the brow. Injecting these muscles allows the brows to lift, opening the upper eyelids. A good injector can shape and tilt the outer brows. The result is a non-surgical browlift and the upper eyelids open up. This is bet for patients with less severe upper eyelid and brow drooping. With more advanced aging and heavier upper eyelids this technique is not as effective, and an upper eye lift or an endoscopic browlift are better choices. Doctor Jacono can evaluate whether you are a candidate for a surgical or non-surgical eye lift or browlift.
Non-Surgical Eye Lift Before and After 2. This patient had her heavy brows lifted with Botox and the bags under her eyes diminished by filling underneath them with Restylane creating a more rested and youthful appearance.
The dark circles or sunken areas of the lower eyelids should only be injected and filled with hyaluronic acids. The lower eyelids are composed of very thin skin and injecting these fillers too superficially can often result in visible lumps, nodules and irregularities. The best hyaluronic acids to use are Restylane and Belotero because they are softer and create less lumpiness.
Many patients will start with “non-surgical eyelid lifts” in their thirties when these changes start to occur, and continue with them into their late forties. Around the fifties the tissues of the eyes become loose and droopy enough that the injections have less of an effect, and this is when they will usually have eyelid lifts performed. This procedure is less expensive than a “liquid face lift” because the area around the eye is smaller and requires fewer vials of material.