There are three words that can be the most upsetting words anyone can say to you: "You look tired." As you get older, changes occur in the eye area that can give you that tired look, even if you’re clocking eight hours of sleep each night.
If you’re over people commenting on how much sleep you are or aren’t getting each night, the good news is that you can do something about your tired-looking eyes. Which option is right for you depends on your budget, how much time you have and how severe the problem is.
Depending on how dark your dark circles are, how deep your wrinkles, or how pronounced your under-eye bags, topical treatments done at home might be sufficient for you. If they aren’t, you have the option of combining topical products with more intense in-office treatments.
One thing worth doing is using a product that contains retinol. Retinol is a known anti-wrinkle ingredient. It encourages cell turnover and can help increase collagen production in the under eye area, making the skin look thicker and plumper. In turn, you might notice a reduction in the appearance of under eye circles and few wrinkles.
Along with using either a prescription-strength or over-the-counter product in the eye area, there are a few quick home remedies you can try to immediately eliminate puffiness, which makes you look tired. Changing certain habits can also improve the appearance of your eye area.
Applying cucumber slices to the eye area really does help bring down puffiness, at least temporarily. Another option is to try soaked and cooled tea bags (either green or black), or chilled spoons.
Making sure you’re drinking enough water and that you’re not eating a lot of salty foods can also help you look less tired. A salty diet can cause you to retain fluid in the eye area, as does being mildly dehydrated.
Injectables, from Botox to fillers, can help improve the appearance of the eye area in a few ways. As you age, you lose fat from your facial area. If you lose fat near your eyes, they begin to look sunken and hollow, and dark circles become more visible. One way to reduce the look of hollow eyes is to restore the lost volume, with a filler such are Radiesse. When injected by a trained and experienced facial plastic surgeon, Radiesse can add volume to the under eye area for up to two years.
Crow’s feet, or fine lines that appear near the corners of your eyes as a result of years of repeated movements, can also make you look tired and older. Botox injections are often the ideal way to minimize crow’s feet, at least on a temporary basis. The injections work by keeping you from making the subtle movements that create the lines, so that they fade from view. Although Botox may only last for about three to six months, you can repeat the treatment over and over again to keep your eye area looking smooth and refreshed.
As you get older, your upper eyelids can become heavier and droopier, giving you a tired and hooded look. Your lower eyelids might also begin to sag, and shifts in fat can create bags under the eyes.
Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, can correct issues with either the upper or lower eyelids. Depending on your situation, it can be performed on both upper and lower lids at the same time. When performed on the upper lids, it can remove excess skin and fat from the lid, and trim away excess muscle, creating a smoother and more wide-eyed look. When performed on the lower lids, it can remove the fat deposits responsible for under-eye bags and reduce any excess skin.
It’s worth noting that eyelid surgery won’t do much to correct fine lines in the eye area, so if you major concern is crow’s feet, you might be better off considering injectables instead of surgery. If you do decide on an eyelift, it’s also worth noting that the recovery time can take about a week or two, during which you’ll need to stay home from work, relax, and try to limit the use of your eyes (no straining to read or staring at screens for hours on end).
Board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Schwartz offers injectables and surgery to patients at his West Palm Beach practice. If you’re ready to look more awake and want to figure out the best way to do that, call 561-228-5888 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz today.