Tired eyes are among the last things anyone wants to see when they look in the mirror. For many people, telltale signs of undersleeping — drooping lids, puffiness, dark circles or undereye bags — are fortunately only temporary. But for others, aging and genetics can mean that these unwanted concerns are permanent fixtures. Looking exhausted or under the weather even when you feel at your best can take a significant toll on self-esteem, especially if it elicits comments from others about your health or sleeping habits. If you’re struggling to feel confident in your appearance because of tired eyes, you might be an ideal candidate for a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery.
What Causes Tired Eyes?
The most common reasons for eye concerns tend to be lifestyle-related. Poor sleeping patterns, an unhealthy diet, smoking or drinking can all contribute to puffiness, dark circles and the like — and if these habits are a regular part of your life, you may begin to wake up every day with visibly tired-looking eyes. Amending your lifestyle will likely help bring an alert expression back to your face — opting for surgery may not be recommended until natural measures have been taken first. Tactics like staying hydrated, avoiding salty foods and using certain topical treatments can also help if you find that your eyes are particularly sensitive to sleep or sickness.
But for those whose tired eyes aren’t caused by these short-term issues, genetics and aging are the most likely culprits. Some people naturally carry extra fat below their eyelids, causing puffy bags, while others are born with heavily hooded lids that droop more than they like. The typical blepharoplasty patient, though, is struggling with their eyes as a result of aging. As the fragile skin of the eyelids ages, it becomes thin and begins to lose its structure, resulting in upper eyelid sagging that leads to a tired, droopy look. The fat pockets that keep the bottom eyelids plump and supported may drop lower beneath the eyelid skin, causing undereye bags or puffiness. These concerns are ideally treated with an eyelid surgery because your surgeon can remove the problematic skin or fat and leave you with the energized look you want.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is highly customizable based on your particular needs and ideal outcomes. You’ll work with your surgeon during your consultation appointment to decide on an individualized plan for your surgery. You’ll talk about several important factors, including:
- Medical history
- Aesthetic concerns
- Aesthetic goals
- Surgery options and alternatives
One overarching decision you’ll make during your consultation is whether you are a good candidate for an upper blepharoplasty, a lower blepharoplasty or a combined or full blepharoplasty. These three options address the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both eyelids, respectively; depending on what kinds of concerns you have and where they are, one of these options will be most appropriate for you.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper blepharoplasty is ideal for those who are experiencing drooping upper eyelid skin that gives the eye a heavy, half-open appearance. Over time, the skin of the upper eyelid can become wrinkled, stretched or loose just like any other skin on the face and body. When this happens, the eyelid may begin to droop down toward or over the lash line. The eyebrow level can also contribute to upper lid heaviness as well as other functional issues. So an in person consult will determine the cause of your upper lid sag. This can make you appear sleepy — as though you can’t quite keep your eyes open — and in extreme cases can interfere with eyesight.
During an upper eyelid surgery, your plastic surgeon carefully creates incisions within the natural creases of your eyelid. Then, they excise some of the loose skin to eliminate unnecessary folds and sagging. The remaining eyelid skin is sutured into place, leaving a lid that won’t appear droopy or weighed down, allowing your eyes to appear fully open and awake.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower blepharoplasty is designed to address concerns of the bottom eyelid, particularly under eye bags. When the small pockets of fat that keep the lower lid plump begin to lose their support over time, they tend to collect slightly below the eye and form unwanted bags. The resulting puffiness gives the eyes a tired, unhealthy look, but it doesn’t go away the same way sleep-induced swelling does.
During this procedure, your surgeon will create small incisions in the folds of your lower eyelids, or inside the eyelid skin, and remove or reposition the pockets of fat that cause under eye bags. The result is a lower lid that lies flatter for a smoother, well-rested appearance.
Combined Eyelid Surgery
If you have concerns that will require both upper and lower blepharoplasty techniques, your surgeon can perform both procedures at once. While a full eyelid surgery does result in a lengthier surgery and recovery time, it is completely safe and very common to choose a blepharoplasty for both upper and lower lids simultaneously. It also saves you surgical costs and requires less recovery time in comparison to having both procedures performed separately.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
After your surgery, you’ll need to take about a week away from work or other responsibilities to rest and recover. Blepharoplasty typically has a smooth recovery that doesn’t require narcotic pain medication or total bed rest. You will experience some swelling and bruising and may want to avoid public appearances until this has settled. Within two weeks after the procedure, your new look will be ready to reveal, but it is not uncommon to have prolonged swelling depending on the exact procedure that was performed. You may continue to experience some side effects such as dryness or blurry vision, but these will subside. Overall, you’ll be feeling back to normal as time progresses.
A blepharoplasty can take years off your appearance and help restore a youthful energy to your eyes and face. At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa, our eyelid surgery clients love how this procedure can make such a difference in their look and their confidence. If you’re interested in eyelid surgery in Jacksonville, Florida, let our expert team guide you through the process. From your consultation through your aftercare, we’ll ensure that you’re comfortable and completely satisfied with your procedure and results. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and find out if eyelid surgery is right for you — call our office at 904-208-2727.