If Your Eyes Make You Look Tired, Here's What You Can Do

Kindly take note that this is an information-sharing only, not review. Are your friends and coworkers frequently asking if you’re getting enough rest or if you’re okay? The area around your eyes can be affected by lifestyle choices or health issues, including insufficient sleep, hormonal imbalance, alcohol, smoking, fluid retention, stress, chronic allergies, or kidney disease. But, the most common cause of tired eyes is aging.

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As we age, the delicate skin around the eyes gradually loses elasticity. The upper eyelids begin to droop, and the area under the eyes may look swollen or puffy. When concealers and creams are no longer hiding your problem areas, the next step is to have a relaxed conversation with a doctor or specialist about your goals and concerns.

Non-Surgical Alternatives

Some people suffering from these issues may prefer to try Botox or injectable fillers before considering surgery. Botox injections minimize fine lines and wrinkles caused by squinting or smiling. Botox can also prevent horizontal lines on the forehead and slightly elevate the eyebrows to accentuate your eyes and reduce the appearance of fatigue. Botox typically lasts three to four months. 

Injectable fillers can fill hollows under the eyes and smooth fine lines and may last up to six to eight months. Temporary treatments can reduce the appearance of aging but cannot reduce excess sagging skin or provide substantial lift.

If you have the following symptoms, non-surgical rejuvenation may not provide you with significant benefits:

● Extra, hanging, wrinkled skin on your upper eyelids
 Your upper eyelids appear droopy or partially closed
 Hollows are formed beneath your lower eyelids
 You have wrinkles, bags, or puffy pockets of fat under your eyes

Surgical Solutions for Tired-Looking Eyes

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can fix your tired eyes and provide you with a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Internationally-respected facial plastic surgeon Andrew Jacono, MD, FACS, is a Top Doctor from Long Island, NY; most known for his amazing and natural-looking facial plastic surgery results. Every eyelid rejuvenation journey is unique, and he recommends that you request a customized surgery plan to better address your personal goals.

In such cases, Dr. Jacono meets with potential eye lift patients during a private, in-depth consultation. He completes an examination, carefully listens to his patient’s goals and concerns, and reviews before and after photos. Photos help new patients visualize the options available to them. He sometimes completes eyelift surgery with another procedure, like a brow lift, cheek implants, or a facelift, depending on the patient’s goals.

Is This The Right Option For You?

You may be an ideal blepharoplasty candidate if you are in good health, have realistic expectations, are a non-smoker, and are experiencing some of the following issues:

1. You often take breaks to close or rest your eyes. Your eyelids are heavy. After the wrinkled, heavy skin is removed, your lids will feel free, and you will appear younger and more rested.

2. The appearance of your eyes affects your mental health. Many blepharoplasty patients describe an increase in self-esteem and are happier, look more alert, enthusiastic, and healthy.

3. Require lifting your eyebrow to apply eyeshadow properly. If you need to lift your brows to apply eyeliner or eyeshadow, you have extra, loose skin on your upper eyelids. Eyelid lift surgery will remove that excess skin, and the incision will enhance your upper eyelid crease.

What's The Eyelift Surgery Like?

Upper eyelid surgery involves an incision in the crease of the top lid and removes excess saggy skin and fat. During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is created inside the lower eyelid, the muscle is tightened, and fat is removed from below the eye. Blepharoplasty may involve upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or a combination of both.

Eyelid lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes about an hour to perform on the upper or lower eyelids. The upper and lower eyelids are often treated at the same time, which requires special instruments.

The eyelid lift recovery is typically easy, and swelling and bruising fade gradually within the first week. Cold compresses and elevating your head will reduce swelling and encourage healing. Gentle activities are progressively increased, and most patients are completely recovered and look great at their one-week checkup. 

Is There a "Perfect" Age For This Eyelid Surgery?

Patients vary in age depending on their goals and are as young as 20 or over the age of 65. The risk for all ages is similar, and the doctor evaluates each patient to screen for health concerns and to assess risks. Eyelid surgery removes sagging upper eyelid skin, improves vision, and smooths bags from under the eyes. 

Older patients may combine an eyelid lift with a facelift or another cosmetic treatment for a total makeover. However, medical history and more needs to be discussed during a one-on-one consultation with the doctor.

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