You may have gotten a refreshing eight hours last night, but when you look in the mirror, your eyes say otherwise.
Your eyes are often the first area to show signs of aging, thanks to thinner skin. While there are ways to temporarily relieve puffiness in the eye area, blepharoplasty surgery, or eyelid surgery, offers a more permanent option.
What Makes You Look Tired
A number of eye issues can result in a tired look. Puffiness and bags can form under the eyes, due to deposits of fat or fluid retention. You might also have a genetic predisposition for dark circles in the under-eye area, which make you look tired and older.
Droopy upper eyelids also make you look tired. The muscles in your upper lids may become weaker over time, so that the lids rest lower than they originally did. Fat deposits in the upper eye area also contribute to a sleepy, droopy-eyed appearance.
How Eyelid Surgery Can Help
Depending on your issue or the area of the eye that's making you look fatigued, your surgeon can perform eyelid surgery on the upper or lower lids. In some cases, he might perform the surgery on both areas.
During the surgery, the doctor will remove excess fat from either the upper or lower lid area. He will usually also remove excess skin and trim away muscle. The result is a firmer upper eyelid with less droopiness or a firmer lower eyelid with less puffiness. You should look more awake and refreshed.
What to Know About the Surgery
Before deciding if blepharoplasty is the option for you, you should know a few things about the procedure. It's usually not recommended for people who have eye conditions such as glaucoma or chronic dry eyes.
A consultation with a surgeon before the surgery will help you both decide if eyelid surgery is the best option for you, based on your health, medical history, expectations, and schedule.
Initial recovery from the procedure takes about a week to 10 days. Usually, one is able to go back to work at that point and start doing other light activities. However inquire with your surgeon about the proper time to start exercising and performing other more vigorous activities.
Since dry eyes can occur after the surgery, you'll want to use eye drops to relieve any itchiness or discomfort.
Cleaning the eyes is recommended to help healing. You can also use a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling and soothe any discomfort. After a few days, the sutures used to close up the incision dissolve. Most patients don't have visible scarring in the eye area.
Options If You're Not Ready for Surgery
Blepharoplasty isn't the only way to wake up tired eyes or to treat signs of puffiness in the under-eye area.
If you're not ready for the procedure or if the surgery isn't recommended for you for whatever reason, there are a few things you can do to relieve puffiness or to reduce the look of dark under-eye circles.
For example, in some cases puffiness or dark circles are caused by congestion, either due to a cold or allergies. Treating the allergies or relieving congestion can help wake up your eyes.
You can also try adjusting the way you sleep if you're a stomach or side sleeper. Lying on your back can help fluid drain away from the eye area, reducing puffiness.
Caring for Eyes -- With or Without Surgery
Whether you ultimately decide on eyelid surgery or not, a few things can help you maintain the results of the surgery or help your eyes look less tired. Try to get a full night's worth of sleep on a regular basis. A full night's sleep is at least seven or eight hours.
If you're a smoker, the surgeon will ask you to stop smoking at least several weeks before the procedure.
It's a good idea to give up the cigarettes whether you go for surgery or not. Smoking plays a big role in aging the skin and making eyes look droopy.
Remember to wear sunscreen everyday, especially in the eye area. You can also wear sunglasses when out to protect your eyes and the area around them from sun damage.
For more information or to request a consult with Dr. Nachlas contact Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Relations at 5 561-939-0909.