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Help, I Look Tired All The Time!

Help, I am tired all the timeAs an oculoplastic surgeon I spend many days talking to patients about how to improve the appearance of their eyelids. This can be a confusing topic. Patients often come to the office saying that they look “tired” all the time but don’t know exactly how to fix the problem. They tell me that no matter how much they sleep, they still wake up with dark circles and a tired appearance.

A tired appearance can be caused by several different issues. In this blog I am going to focus on the lower eyelids. Under eye bags and dark circles make the whole face look tired. No amount of sleep will help to improve the bags. Also, loose and wrinkled lower eyelid skin can give a “tired” appearance.

The non-surgical treatment for lower eyelid bags and dark circles is to use an injectable filler to smooth out the contour of the lower eyelid. I use Restylane in the lower eyelids. Filler can help to improve the couture of the lower lids and remove dark circles. Not everyone is a good candidate for lower eyelid filler. So it is important that I evaluate all aspects of the eyelid before choosing the best treatment.

The surgical treatment for under eye bags and dark circles is a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. In this procedure I remove and reposition fat pockets in the lower eyelid to improve the contour of the lid. If needed, I also tighten the deeper layers of the eyelid and trim the skin to give a smooth appearance to the eyelid. Often I will also resurface the eyelid skin with a CO2 laser to smooth out fine lines and improve the elasticity of the skin.

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