Hooded eyelids are one of the most common signs of aging in both men and women. With age, there are changes in the brow bone structure as well as collagen fiber strength and arrangement, causing the soft tissue in the area to droop and hood. The result? Eyes that look tired, sad, or even angry. (Featured topic on morning talk shows, watch here).
People spend millions worldwide to try to get rid of droopy eyelids, but very few of these solutions are permanent. Furthermore, even the permanent solutions can have unwanted side effects. Here, we talk through some of the most common solutions, and why we recommend trying skin care ingredients over invasive procedures: (Watch video featuring experts opinions).
Eyelid surgery can result in bleeding, infection, and permanent dry eye
Upper lid blepharoplasty is a 1.5 to 2.0 hour procedure. During the surgery, a plastic surgeon will make a small incision across the upper lid, in the crease. Through this crease, excess fat can be pulled out from under your skin, and the muscles and tissue can be repositioned. Scarring is usually minimal, but if the patient has a history of irregular scarring, a transconjuctival blepharoplasty may be done, in which the plastic surgeon makes the incision inside the lower eyelid. In either type of blepharoplasty, no skin is removed, and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures. (First Cosmetic developed for droopy eyelids).
For eyelid surgery, risks can include bleeding, infection, dry eyes, skin discoloration, an inability to fully close the eyes, and a possible loss of vision. This is a lot for a cosmetic procedure. A surgeon can best discuss the risks with you.
In some cases, you may still not achieve the fix for droopy eyelids you want with an upper lid blepharoplasty. in these cases, a plastic surgeon will suggest you follow up with even more invasive surgery, such as a brow-lift and/or lower blepharoplasty as well. We give this option a thumbs-down, due to potential risks and the general invasiveness of the procedure.
Fillers can look stiff and unnatural
Fillers and fat in the brow can be used by plastic surgeons and dermatologists to elevate the brow, making the lid area appear more elevated. Unlike eyelid surgery, which costs upward of $2000 and requires at least a week of downtime, fillers are around $500 per pop, and patients can generally return to normal work and activities the next day. (At home treatment now available, click here).
How it works is also simple: Fat and/or hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvéderm, Restylane and Perlane, are injected into the area right above the upper lid and below the brow bone. This volume replicates the natural volume in the brow bone region that is lost with age.
However, the risks here are also too significant. Injections last for six months to a year. If too much filler is used in the region, there can be stiff or unnatural look. Other potential risks include swelling, redness, irritation, and long-lasting bruising. While these risks are best discussed with a surgeon, it’s not hard to miss eyelids that have been treated with too many fillers; people often look like they are staring, surprised, or stiff. Not the intended look.
Depuffing gels are temporary
Depuffing gels typically contain a mixture of anti-inflammatory and cooling ingredients to relax the blood vessels in the region. With ingredients like caffeine and other vasodilators to increase blood flow to the region, oat extract and rice bran proteins to decrease inflammation, and cucumber or witch hazel extract to soothe, these depuffing gels are generally common. (Eliminates tired, sad looking eyes.)
The issue with depuffing gels is that their effects are temporary. What’s more, increasing blood flow to the eyelid region can sometimes cause blood or fluid to pool in the region, exacerbating puffiness in some persons. It’s best to leave these on the shelf.
Double-sided eyelid tape can stretch out the eyelid
Double sided eyelid tape is extremely popular in regions like South Korean and Japan. With double sided eyelid tape, you can transform your eyelids in seconds. Simply apply the eyelid tape on the eyelid, close to your eye, and roll the eyelid up. Excess skin gets trapped between, making your eyes instantly appear bigger. (Cosmetic solution found,watch video).
But the issue here is that you are exacerbating the very problem you are trying to treat: Frequent use of double-sided eyelid tape will stretch out your eyelids! This will make eyelids appear even looser, droopier, and sadder over time.
The solution: A patent-pending formula from France
AminoGenesis E.Y.E. Control Lid Lifting and Control Serum ($49.95, AminoGenesis.com) is a sensational new breakthrough that is a great alternative to expensive and painful eye lid surgery.
For the first time in the cosmetics industry, E.Y.E. Control demonstrates an instant improvement on sagging upper eyelids, and long-term firming effects as well.
The result? A product that offers a gentle alternative to invasive eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).Most of the eye products on the market today fight inflammation or plump up the skin temporarily. Some even advocate the use of double sided eyelid tape. But this doesn’t help in the long run! You aren’t fighting the underlying cause! What’s more, you can be stretching out the skin with the constant up and downs, making the problem worse.
E.Y.E. Control helps to protect, strengthen and improve the appearance of skin. By consolidating the fragile microvascular network, E.Y.E. Control reduces the accumulation of the glycation-inducing toxins responsible for the tired, sad, or even angry appearance of aging eyelids.
Preliminary peer-reviewed, controlled studies reveal use of the ingredients in E.Y.E. Control result in:
- Up to 61% improved appearance of drooping eyelids.
- Up to 34% improved appearance of the volume and depth of wrinkles areas the eyes.
- Increase of collagen synthesis of 256%
- Increase of elastin production of 229%
In a study of 105 female volunteers, mean age 51 (40 to 60 years old), with a tired look characterized by wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles, the active ingredient in E.Y.E. Control applied twice daily for 28 days a cream resulted in up to a 44% reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles.
Within just 7 days, E.Y.E. Control influences the way eyelids look. The aspect of fatigue of the eye area is significantly reduced.
We recommend trying E.Y.E. Control today!