If people often perceive you as tired no matter how much you sleep, your eyes may be giving others the impression of fatigue without your intention or knowledge. This is very common as facial aging becomes more pronounced, and the once-smooth eye contour is affected by wrinkles, loose skin, and sagging eyelids. Blepharoplasty is certainly one option to brighten up your eyes, but the best treatment to alleviate a tired look may depend on the mechanisms causing a sleepy expression.
Most individuals have tired-looking eyes due to visible signs of age. For these patients, upper and/or lower eyelid surgery can be a highly effective procedure to reduce:
- Loose or excess eyelid skin/tissue
- Puffy or protruding lower eyelids (under-eye bags)
- Droopy upper or lower eyelids
That said, some men and women experience a sleepy appearance as a result of weakened levator muscles—which are responsible for supporting and lifting the upper eyelids. When these muscles are loose or weakened, patients often have trouble fully opening their eyes and may contend with restricted vision, as well as a perpetually tired look. This condition, known is eyelid ptosis, can only be corrected through a procedure called ptosis repair. Unlike blepharoplasty, ptosis repair is usually performed for medical reasons rather than cosmetic desires. In any case, board-certified plastic surgeon Neal Goldberg, MD, FACS can give you insight into whether eyelid surgery is the most ideal treatment option to help you reclaim a more alert and youthful look based on your unique needs.
Eyelid surgery can make you appear more energetic while reducing key signs of aging in the process. To learn more about how blepharoplasty techniques can help you look younger and more refreshed, please contact our practice online or by calling (914) 840-5999 today.