How to Improve Tired Looking Eyes and Face


How to refresh the tired look of your Eyes and Upper Face – Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

Are you investigating eyelid lift surgery or non-surgical eye area rejuvenation options?

Depending on how they meet you, the first thing people usually notice about you is your face. It’s often also the first area of your body to show signs of ageing. Excessive sun exposure, environmental factors, and repeat expressions, can all contribute to facial ageing, especially the eye area. This can not only leave you looking tired but can also prematurely age you.

This is partially true for our eye area as they are in near-constant use.  Furthermore, our eyes are very expressive and are part of many facial expressions. Terms like ‘laugh lines’ also known as crows feet and ‘worry lines’ (the infamous forehead elevens) are evidence of this.

If you are experiencing ageing eyelids you may have uneven sagging or puffiness of the skin above your eyes. Most likely, between the brow and eyelashes, as well as droopy eyebrows and/or puffy under-eye bags. The appearance of uneven upper eyelids can cause vision impediment, it can also look ‘awkward’ and is usually the sign that leads patients to consider a Blepharoplasty procedure.

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However, surgery is not the only option for improving ageing eyelids. There are non-surgical options that can help rejuvenate your eyes and give you a younger look with fewer wrinkles and lines. If your concern is crow’s feet, you may want to consider cosmetic injections or dermal fillers along with your eyelid lift. Alternatively, you may want to try some resurfacing techniques to stimulate new collagen.

Do you need a Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift) or a combined Eyelid Lift with Anti-Ageing Injections

Surgical options, often in combination with non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments, include a variety of facial procedures. The most common for the upper face is an Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) or a Brow Lift.

Eyelid surgery may involve either an Upper Eyelid Lift, a Lower Eyelid Lift (for under-eye bags or puffy pouches under the eyes) or a Canthoplasty.

What is an eyelid lift procedure (Blepharoplasty)?

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Blepharoplasty procedures can be done to the upper and lower eyelid to remove drooping skin and excess fat that leads to puffy eyelids or ‘under-eye bags’

Eyelid Reduction Cosmetic Plastic Surgery to refresh the tired look

Also known as Eyelid lift surgery, “eyelid reduction” surgery or Blepharoplasty Eyelid Reduction Surgery can be performed by a Plastic Surgeon, to remove redundant skin and skin folds from the eyelid area.

Not only does this procedure help combat eyelid ptosis it also reduces loose, sagging skin around the eye area.  The area treated by an Upper Blepharoplasty surgery is located under the brow and above the eyelash line.  While the skin treated by a Lower Blepharoplasty is usually beneath the lower lid but above the cheekbones.

Another type of eyelid surgery is a Canthoplasty. In severe cases of eyelid ptosis, excess skin may begin to cover the eyelash area and the iris, which in turn can reducing vision, depending on ptosis severity. However, corrective eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty for the medical condition of Eyelid Ptosis) can help patients overcome drooping eyelid skin.


Blepharoplasty Surgical Procedure: A Quick Overview

Also known as an eyelid lift surgery, blepharoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures for reducing the signs of premature ageing, drooping eyelids or puffy “under-eye bags.”

  • Blepharoplasty
    • Can be performed on the upper lids, lower eyelids or, both. However, usually not in one operation, but it is possible.
  • Upper Blepharoplasty surgery
    • Can correct “droopy” looking eyelids or uneven eyelids.
    • It can also help reduce the perceived age of a person’s face.
    • Removing excess skin along the upper lids can also create a better eyelid surface for applying eye makeup
    • Furthermore, it can reveal eyelashes hidden by sagging skin.
  • Lower Blepharoplasty
    • Removes excess skin and fat from the lower lid.
    • It can help improve the facial and eye area skin contours for people prone to eye bags or puffy under-eye ‘circles.’
    • Lower Blepharoplasty surgery involves the periorbital area under the eye.
    • As well as reducing wrinkles, this eye surgery can also correct severe lower eyelid drooping that exposes the area of the eye below the iris.
    • Furthermore, for many patients, it can also help remedy the dark “bags” that seem to form under the eyes.

Non-Surgical Techniques for Facial Rejuvenation and Wrinkle Reduction to overcome that tired look

Another way to reduce eye wrinkles, droopy eyes or bags under the eyes is through volumisers, dermal fillers, and anti-wrinkle injectables.

Non-surgical options for eyelid or facial rejuvenation include high-quality injectables to combat wrinkles as well as dermal volumisers (filler injections) to restore lost volume around the mouth, lips, cheekbones, jaws or eyes.

Furthermore, there are laser procedures & methods of skin collagen stimulation including Laser Genesis, DOT Therapy (CO2 Laser Therapy), Fraxel Restore, as well as many other forms of anti-ageing skin treatments for face, hands, and decolletage.

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Many patients with minimal wrinkles, droopiness, or “eye bags” opt for non-surgical techniques to achieve a younger-looking face.

Often, patients start with non-surgical techniques because they require less downtime, are less expensive, and the results are temporary. Other times, patients aren’t experiencing enough signs of ageing to warrant blepharoplasty surgery.

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How to tell when you need a dual approach – a Blepharoplasty and Injections to refresh your tired look

Often, a single rejuvenation procedure whether blepharoplasty surgery, an injectable session or a dermal filler approach can rejuvenate the eyes and help combat the appearance of ageing. However, by the time you notice signs of ageing that are bothersome enough to make you want to seek a solution, there is usually more than one concern. Sometimes this means that the best approach for a full-face rejuvenation effect may be a combination of surgical and non-surgical treatments. For example,  A facelift and a peel, or a brow lift with dermal fillers.

What’s good for your eyelid appearance in terms of blepharoplasty or other eye area rejuvenation procedure depends on several factors, including your;

  • Skin collagen
  • Wrinkles
  • Eyelids
  • And, brow condition.

All of which are partially impacted by environmental factors, genetics and also by your natural ageing process. Our Plastic Surgeons and Eye Rejuvenation Experts can not only help you assess the condition and elasticity of your facial skin and eyelid area, but they can also offer informed suggestions based upon your skin laxity and collagen health. Often the best approach will depend on the following;

  • The degree of eyelid droopiness
  • Your existing skin health
  • Or, sun exposure damage
  • Wrinkle depth
  • Genetic factors

So, if you want to learn more, just schedule a visit to our Facial Surgeons or ask to see our Dermal Injectors or Clinicians, who can help you choose which approach is likely to get you the improvements you are looking for. Moreover, our team works closely together so you can meet our Injectors, Dermal Clinicians and often the Plastic Surgeons when you come to visit.

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Last updated: 30/04/2022
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Dr Richard Sackelariou - MBBS, BMedSc, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Richard Sackelariou, MBBS, FRACS/FRCS, is a leading Sydney Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon who sees patients in two locations: Double Bay, Sydney and Melbourne VIC (Australia). Dr Sackelariou offers extensive experience in attaining natural-looking, excellent surgical results for patients of all ages. Graduate of Sydney University, FRACS, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery plus additional training in Cosmetic Surgery in Paris at the Clinique Turin in 1994. BIO PAGE: Click here

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