In a poll of 1000 people over 89% of them said that their sagging eye-lids bothered them. “Excess skin of the eyelids is one of the most common concerns expressed to me by patients over the age of 30 in both men and women” explains Dr Ian Strawford, owner of Skin Excellence Clinics.
After all, while it is possible to keep your body in shape and to reduce wrinkles with anti-wrinkle injections and skin tightening treatments, there really is nothing you can do to hide that crinkly, loose skin that develops on your eyelids after a certain age.
Or so we thought.
A brand-new, non-invasive treatment is promising to offer the same results as blepharoplasty surgery… without a scalpel in sight.
And what’s more? There’s an army of medical professionals backing it.
“Many patients are not aware that non-surgical treatments such as FELC nano plasma from Fusion GT can be just as effective as surgery without the downtime” says Dr Strawford.
“FELC nano plasma is undertaken using only local anaesthetic creams without the need for any cutting of the skin of the eyelids and without the risks that surgery can lead to.
“This has many advantages over surgery, mainly that without cutting the skin the procedure is much safer with no risk of the complications of surgery which include blindness, eyelid dysfunction and unsightly scars.”
And while there are other plasma technologies in the marketplace, Felc nano plasma is without a doubt the most advanced plasma technology created to date. Dr Strawford explains that the treatment works by “generating nano plasma between the needle’s tip and the patient’s skin – aiming to sublimate the superficial layer of skin and cause a shrinking of the excess skin tissue.”
In layman’s terms, it turns our wrinkly skin from a solid to a gas by bypassing the liquid stage.
And, as it’s more than a simple tightening treatment, skin is actually removed, so the effects should last as long as they would with invasive surgery.
On the treatment day, it is recommended that no make-up is worn on the treatment area. An anaesthetic cream is applied and is left to take effect for around 30 minutes. When the treatment area has been sufficiently numbed the session begins with multiple shots of the plasma tip, spaced closely together.
Some heat can be felt in the treatment area, which may be ‘mildly uncomfortable and slightly painful’.
After the treatment – which can take anywhere between 10 and 40 minutes depending on the size of the area, “a slight burning sensation may be experienced, but it should only last a few hours” reassures Dr Strawford.
The positive effects of treatment are evident immediately after the first treatment, but the best results will be seen after about three weeks as the skin continues to contract for up to 28 days after the treatment.
Like all surgical and cosmetic procedures, the effects of Felc nano plasma treatment are not entirely permanent as it does not halt any further ageing. However, the positive results should last “years as opposed to months” says Dr Strawford.
Felc nano-plasma has been shown to be a safe treatment due to its non-invasive nature. Still the majority of patients are likely to experience some side effects in the 7 days following treatment.
“There will be some brown marks that have the appearance of minor scabbing, which are carbon crusts, but after around 5 days, these will fall off, revealing new pink skin beneath” says Dr Strawford. He explains that “some swelling will be seen but it is likely to only last 3-5 days at most” which, we think, definitely beats going under the knife.
Depending on the clinic, non-surgical eye-lift costs between £900 – £1200.