Can Blepharoplasty Get Rid of Tired Eyes?

Woman looking at under-eye bags in mirrorThe eyes are the most expressive part of the face, and a prime indication of our emotions. Bright, alert, and youthful eyes tend to convey happiness and health. Alternatively, when the skin around the eyes begins to show signs of aging, it can be frustrating to look in the mirror and see a “tired” or “gloomy” face staring back. Fortunately, modern cosmetic surgery offers an effective treatment for wrinkles, lines, puffiness, and general signs of age and exhaustion around the eyes: blepharoplasty. Colloquially known as “eyelid surgery” or an “eyelid lift,” this procedure is among the most popular aesthetic surgeries performed across the globe. Our world-renowned plastic surgeon, Mark Richards, MD, can utilize his innovative, laser therapy-based techniques to enhance your eyes and reduce any unwanted “sleepy” effects.

Blepharoplasty is generally split into categories depending on the targeted treatment area:

  • Upper eyelid surgery, which can refresh the appearance of the upper eyelids and address droopy or saggy eyelids (and, in some cases, improve obstructed vision)
  • Lower eyelid surgery, which can address wrinkles and puffy or loose skin under the eyelids 
  • Double eyelid surgery, which is designed to create a fold or crease in the upper eyelid 

Dr. Richards is able to combine these procedures to fully enhance the eyes. Moreover, all categories of eyelid surgery at our practice typically involve the use of the UltraPulse® CO2, a laser designed to make precise incisions with minimal bleeding or scarring. In an upper eyelid surgery, the incisions will be placed in the crease between the eyebrow and eyelashes, whereas a lower blepharoplasty will involve incisions either below the lash line or on the inside of the lower eyelid. The CO2 laser can tighten, resurface, and rejuvenate the skin and tissue depending on your goals, and results tend to fully show within six weeks.

While certain non-surgical treatments – such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Ultherapy®, and select dermal fillers – may be suitable for tired-looking eyes, Dr. Richards stresses that these cannot perform the same extent of work as laser blepharoplasty. They may, however, be ideal for those unable or without the recovery time to undergo a surgery. If you are unsure which option is best for you, Dr. Richards would be glad to help you decide during your consultation.

Our team at Ageless Impressions – Plastic Surgery Institute welcomes you to come to us with any questions relating to eyelid surgery or our other procedures. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richards today.

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