You’ve probably heard that eyes are the first area of the face to show signs of aging, and that people make a lot of judgments about you based on the way your eyes look. For that reason, plenty of people want to make sure their eyes look as bright and alert as possible for as long as possible.
Lifestyle habits and genetics can make your eyes look tired or weary. If that’s the case, there are a few procedures you can try, both surgical and non, to help improve the way your eyes look.
Fixing Up the Upper Eyelids
Upper eyelid surgery is one way to help reduce the signs of aging on the upper part of your eyes. The surgery is intended to reduce droopiness, puffiness and excess skin in the upper lids. While it’s often performed for cosmetic reasons, an upper eyelid surgery can also be performed to improve your vision. In some cases, people have enough extra skin on the top of part of their eyelids that it hangs over and obstructs their vision.
Eyelid surgery has a number of benefits, mainly that it improves your appearance, and in turn, your self-esteem. The procedure itself is usually very minimally invasive. Since the incisions are typically made along the inner crease of the lid, any scarring is minimal and not very noticeable.
Usually, the surgery takes about an hour to perform. During, you’ll be given local anesthetic, so you won’t be fully under. Afterwards, most patients need about a week or two to recover. Bruising and swelling are common, meaning that the results can look worse before they look better. Keeping the head elevated and using ice will head keep swelling to a minimum. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help relieve any discomfort.
Solutions for Underneath the Eyes
Eyelid surgery can also be used to fix up signs of aging beneath the eyes. Lower eyelid surgery can help reduce puffiness or bags under the eyes. The incision can be made on the inside of the lid or just below the lashes, so that any visible scarring is minimal. During the surgery, excess fat and muscle are removed to make the eyes look less puffy.
As with an upper-eyelid surgery, recovery from lower-eyelid surgery can take up to two weeks.
You may not have any stitches when the surgery is performed on the lower lids. If both your upper and lower eyelids bother you, your surgeon may perform the surgery on both.
A few other non-surgical procedures can be performed to enhance the appearance of your undereye area. While some people have excess fat below the eyes, others have too little fat, which creates a hollow-eyed, tired look. If that is the case, your doctor may recommend a dermal filler to add volume to the area. An injectable filler can not only reduce the look of hollow eyes, it can also be helpful if you have dark circles beneath your eyes, as the added volume reduces any shadows under the eyes.
If you have dark areas beneath your eyes due to prominent blood vessels or pigmentation, another option may be a laser treatment, such as intense pulsed light. IPL removes excess pigmentation, destroys the small blood vessels that are creating shadows, and can help resurface and smooth the skin.
IPL might not be right for everyone, particularly people with darker skin tones. Your surgeon will let you know if it’s a good option for you.
Taking Care of Your Eyes at Home
Along with professional care and treatments, there are a few things you can do at home to help your eyes look refreshed. If puffiness is a problem, you can help reduce it by placing an eye mask over the area or by putting chilled cucumber slices or tea bags over your eyes. Making sure you get enough sleep and drink enough water can also help when it comes to puffiness around the eyes.
You can help the skin around your eye area stay moisturized by using an eye cream or lotion in the area regularly. Protecting the area from the sun is also important, as it will slow down the signs of further aging and help your results last.
If you are tired of looking tired, a facial plastic surgery specialist like Dr. Ross Clevens can recommend a treatment that will make you look refreshed. Nationally recognized and Ivy League-educated, Dr. Clevens is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Melbourne, Florida. Schedule a consultation with him today by calling (321) 727-3223.