Is Ulthera Useful for Droppy Eyelids?

Hi, I am 35 years old and have some excess skin on my upper eyelids. I have tried Botox to erase some horizontal frown lines as well as give the brows a lift, which it did but not to the extent I would like to see. My question is, am I running a risk of assymetry by having ultherapy done to my upper forehead/brow/eye area? I never had high brows to begin with, just want to get rid of the "tired" eye look without looking freakish! :) Thanks!

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Ulthera Useful for Droppy Eyelids?

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Ultherapy can improve the appearance of eyelids and is FDA approved to do so. Patients often see a subtle- but noticeable brow lift from the Ultherapy procedure with little to no downtime. Ultherapy does not replace an upper blephoraplasty for patients that have a heaver brow.

Ultherapy vs. Blepharoplasty for Droopy Eyelids

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Ultherapy will lift and tighten the brow. In so doing, this treatment will raise the eyebrows and subtly reduce the hooded appearance of droopy eyelids. However, I strongly agree with my colleagues who have stated that Ultherapy is not an alternative to Blepharoplasty. Upper eyelid surgery involves an incision in the natural crease of the eye that allows for the removal of skin and fat. A very thin stitch is used to close the incision, which will be undetectable within the existing eyelid crease.

You should also know that the reason your eyes are aging faster than the rest of your face is because our eyes are surrounded by the thinnest and most fragile skin on the face. It is an area that lacks collagen and elastin fibers, so the skin is far more prone to stretching and sagging. Additionally, the constant contracting of more than 22 muscles around the eye pulls and strains the skin to produce a look of premature aging.

In conclusion, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in Blepharoplasty. You should respond well to the surgery and be pleased with the final results.

Hal Michael Bass, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon

Ulthera Can Be Used for Brow Lifting

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Ulthera can be used for brow lifting; it is quite useful for this purpose. The person doing the procedure has to be well versed in Ulthera, the skin and the anatomy to have the best possible outcome — and to this end we recommend a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. This way you'll avoid that "freakish" look you spoke of! :)

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Ulthera for Droopy Eyelids

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Ulthera directed to lift the eyebrows can give a subtle lift to the eyelids. If you have eyelids that appear heavier than a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist may be your best bet. Ulthera cannot replace the effects of having upper eyelid surgery commonly called a blepharoplasty. Hope this is helpful.


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Thank you for your question. Ulthera can be a great treatment for raising the eyebrows! You should consult with a physician to find the best treatment plan for you. You can customize the treatment. If you are concerned with too much of a result, you can start with a more subtle treatment, and then return in the future if you need more. Good Luck!

Ulthera Can Lift Droopy Eyelids

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Yes, Ulthera can be a wonderful choice for those whose heavy lids do not require blepharoplasty. Ulthera can create a nonsurgical brow lift, which will open up the eyes to a degree.  Sometimes I combine it with a fully ablative erbium laser to upper eyelid skin to cause further skin contraction of the area and give a more comprehensive result. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to find out how Ulthera can help you.

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Ultherapy can be used for non-surgical brow lift

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Ultherapy is FDA approved for non-surgical lifting of the brow, and can be a great way to open up and brighten the eye area. I recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist for an in-person consultation to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Asymmetry should not be a concern if you have the procedure done by an expert.

Ultherapy for Droopy Eyelids

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Hi and thanks for your question.  I have seen some nice brow lifting and elevation of excess eyelid skin with Ultherapy.  The results are not as predictable as surgery, however.  I have not seen asymmetry with Ultherapy to the forehead, so I don't think that you need to worry about this.  

Jonathan Pontell, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Ultherapy and Droopy Eyelids

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Ultherapy has been FDA cleared to lift the brows. It is not a replacement for Blepharoplasty, however significant results have been proven to lift and tighten the brow line and define the eye area. Always consult with a Board Certified Physician to choose the best option for your desired results. 

Brow lifting with Ultherapy

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Your eyelids will open up if you had Ultherapy brow lifting. Alternatively, you can have surgical eyebrow lifting to get a more dramatic lift. 

Ultherapy is focused high intensity ultrasound using B mode diagnostic imaging to ensure delivery of the ultrasound energy into the predetermined depths of tissue - skin (1.5 mm and 3 mm) and SMAS layer (4.5 mm).

Read the Ultherapy book on the link below.

We have performed Ultherapy since 2011 in hundreds of patients with high satisfaction rates.

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