Do under-eye bags, circles or loose skin bother you? Have friends or family told you that your eyes make you look tired or older? These are some of the most common complaints that patients describe when seeking consultation for lower eyelid surgery for eyelid bags. This problem is caused by loss of support of the junction between the cheek and the lower eyelid that occurs naturally with aging. It can also occur prematurely in young patients with flat cheek bones and in some ethnic groups. This finding leads to an out-pouching of eyelid fat pads, loose wrinkly skin and dark circles in some patients. Until now the only options for treatment included plumping eye creams, concealing makeup, injectable fillers or surgery. Today a new class of treatment is poised to provide a convenient, non-invasive way to improve this condition.
Neotensil™ is a new class of treatment which the manufacturer has coined “invisible shareware.” The product includes a “reshaping base cream” and an “activating layer cream” that are applied within 5 minutes to the lower eyelid using a handheld reshaping tool. These products interact chemically and provide an invisible supporting scaffold that tightens the skin, smooths wrinkles, and compresses the eyelid bags dramatically improving the appearance of the lower eyelids. The product is hypoallergenic, fragrance free and non-irritating. The results are visible within one hour of application and make-up can be applied directly over the Neotensil™. Results last for up to 16 hours and provides 24 hour skin hydration to the treated area. The product can be applied daily or before a special occasion and is easily removed with a cleanser.
In sponsored clinical trials 94% of patients showed at least one grade of improvement in the appearance of under eye bags and 87% experienced improvement in the appearance of wrinkles. Sixty three percent of patients felt they looked 5 years younger after one application. Ninety nine percent of patients in the trial showed improvement in their overall facial appearance three hours after application of Neotensil™. While Neotensil™ is not a permanent solution to eyelid bags; it is an effective, safe and affordable alternative for patients who do not have the downtime associated with surgery or injectable treatments.
George Bitar, MD, FACS is an award-winning, board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, the Founder and Medical Director of Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Virginia. He specializes in the latest surgical and minimally invasive techniques to scar management and reduction. Dr. Bitar is involved in groundbreaking research and education in plastic surgery and has authored numerous articles, abstracts, and chapters.