How often do your friends in Tampa tell you that you look tired? Maybe sometimes you are tired, but if you have tired puffy eyes all the time, then perhaps it is time to seek a solution. There are many issues that can cause tired puffy eyes… lack of sleep, too much alcohol, allergies, illness or dehydration.
All of these are temporary and once treated can reduce the under eye swelling. However, sometimes puffy eyes can be a result of heredity, age, skin damage, lax eyelids or fat accumulation below the eyes. For those that suffer from permanently puffy eyes, there are some solutions that can restore youthful eyes.
Causes of Permanently Tired Puffy Eyes
Baggy eyelids often make you look tired, sick or worse and there are some people who suffer from permanently droopy eyelids. Sometimes this is caused by heredity, but aging is often the more common cause of tired, puffy eyes. Like other parts of the face, the eyelids can be affected by a loss of elasticity, an accumulation of excess fat, and the pull of gravity.
As we grow older, our skin tissue frequently loses some collagen and elastin which is what helps the tissue spring back into place. As the skin begins to slacken, it can stretch and sag. This excess skin on the top eyelid will not allow the eyes to open completely or if on the bottom will lead to permanent bags under the eyes. Any excess fat that migrates to this area will make the problem more pronounced.
In the early stages, there are some at home remedies that can help reduce the swelling and tighten up the lids temporarily. Placing a cucumber slice on the eyes is the best known “cure” for baggy eyes but over time, even this simple antidote will cease to be effective.
Cure for Tired Puffy Eyes
If over the counter recipes are no longer working to reduce the bags under your eyes, then it may be time to seek a better solution. According to Dr. Dominic M. Castellano of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa, there are some skin treatments that may help to temporarily tighten the skin around the eyes and in the eyelids. But often the best treatment is blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). This surgery can rejuvenate the eyelids by tightening the skin tissue and removing excess skin and fat.
Dr. Castellano explains that this can be done under local anesthesia and often takes about an hour to perform. To tighten the upper eyelids, a small incision is made with a laser to allow for the removal of excess skin tissue. The small incision is made along the natural fold of the eyelid so any remaining scar is inconspicuous. Since puffiness in the lower eyelids is often produced by fat deposits, a lower blepharoplasty will remove the excess fat and also tighten the skin below the eye. The end result is a more rested, refreshed and younger appearance.
Do you have Tired Puffy Eyes?
For those that do suffer from tired puffy eyes, the decision to seek surgery is often well considered. Some may choose surgery if the upper eyelids are obstructing the vision but many decide to have a blepharoplasty for cosmetic reasons. Sagging eyelids can make you look greatly older than your years and the surgery can make a permanent improvement in your appearance.
If you wish to find out if eyelid surgery is right for you, please call Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Castellano in our Tampa office. Dr. Castellano is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with many years of experience in facial surgery. The complimentary consultation will allow the doctor to examine you and make a recommendation on the best course of treatment. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of expert plastic surgeon, Dominic M. Castellano, MD. Please contact us as (813) 975-3223 to schedule your free initial consultation or go to our website at www.EliteTampa.com for more information.