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February 13, 2023

What are drooping eyelids and how can they be removed?

Eyelid lifting with Plasmage®
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The eyes are considered a mirror of the soul. Not only do they have a major influence on the appearance of the face, but they are also an important part of communication. Without words, they can convey emotions such as joy, surprise, sadness and skepticism. With increasing age, the elasticity and resilience of the skin gradually decreases. This can cause unpleasant wrinkles and sagging skin. These changes can occur at an early stage, particularly in the fine and thin eyelid skin, and lead to so-called drooping eyelids. They usually make the eye area look older, tense and tired and are often an aesthetic nuisance for those affected. A gentle treatment option that does not require any surgical intervention is the so-called Blefaroplasma® – an effective variant of Plasmage® for tightening the upper and lower eyelids.

How do drooping eyelids occur?

Sagging of the skin is a natural process. In our mid-20s, the body’s own production of firming proteins such as collagen and elastin decreases. The production of hyaluronic acid also decreases and the repair and regeneration processes of the cells are slower. This causes the skin and tissue to gradually slacken. When the first wrinkles or volume deficits become visible depends on individual factors. This includes genetic predisposition as well as personal lifestyle and external influences. Diet, stress, climatic conditions, UV radiation and the consumption of stimulants such as nicotine and alcohol can all contribute to premature skin ageing.

These processes naturally also take place on the eyelid skin, which then loses its elasticity and firmness. As a result, the tissue above the eye lowers and covers the upper eyelid. This change is known as a drooping eyelid. Drooping eyelids are usually purely aesthetic problems. On the other hand, health complaints such as restricted field of vision or inflammation occur less frequently.

What are bags under the eyes?

The counterpart to drooping eyelids are the so-called bags under the eyes. They occur on the lower eyelids as a result of natural sagging of the skin. If the tissue loses strength there, it sinks. This makes the lower eyelids appear swollen and gives the face the appearance of tiredness and stress. In addition, the fatty tissue under the eye can bulge forward due to the lack of support and increase the swelling.

How Plasmage® works

Plasmage® treatment on the upper and lower eyelids is also known as Blefaroplasma®. The special feature of the treatment method is atmospheric plasma. This is a liquid gas. We are mainly familiar with three states of aggregation: solid, liquid and gaseous. Liquid gas or plasma, on the other hand, occurs frequently in the universe.

Plasmage® uses an electrical discharge to create plasma directly above the skin. No electricity flows through the body, but the process takes place on the surface of the skin. This results in a short, intense and controlled heat pulse on the skin. This vaporizes the top layer of skin. At the same time, new processes are set in motion that tighten the area in a natural way.

This procedure is similar to the ablative laser procedure, in which the upper layer of skin is also removed using pulses. As Plasmage® works with controlled heat release instead of light pulses, the treatment can also be carried out in the eye area as the risks and side effects are lower.

The Plasmage® eyelid lift is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The downtime is short, but patients should be prepared to take it easy for about four to five days. The Plasmage® treatment causes temporary localized skin discoloration and scab formation. Slight swelling may also occur. These symptoms usually subside within a week. Also pay particular attention to sun protection to avoid pigment damage.

Are the results comparable to those of eyelid surgery?

Plasmage® is a very good alternative to surgical eyelid lifting. Minimally invasive treatment can achieve results that are comparable to surgery, particularly in the case of slight skin sagging with little excess tissue. However, if there is severe sagging that requires tightening of connective tissue, fatty tissue and muscles in addition to skin tightening, it is usually advisable to perform a surgical correction. The decision for Plasmage® or surgery must always be made on an individual basis and requires a specialist analysis and consultation.

The advantages of Plasmage® compared to eyelid surgery

  • Gentle procedure without surgery
  • Fast treatment
  • Uncomplicated application (in specialist hands)
  • Minimum downtime
  • Minor side effects
  • No scars
  • Long-term effect, as the body’s own collagen production is stimulated
  • Can be combined with other minimally invasive treatments
  • Repeatable on request
  • How long do the results of a Plasmage® eyelid lift last?

    An initial tightening effect is visible immediately after the treatment, which intensifies over time. Above all, the formation of the body’s own collagen has a positive effect on the firmness of the skin in this area over a longer period of time. Overall, the results of a Plasmage® treatment last for around three to four years. As the risks and side effects of Plasmage® are very low, it can be repeated at any time to refresh the effects if desired.

    last update: 13.02.2023

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