“You look tired.” Three dreaded words that really ought to never be spoken to a person and yet are so commonly uttered.
Getting told you look tired can be annoying when it’s true, but even more devastating when you’re not tired at all! Unfortunately, the signs we associate with being tired, such as droopy eyes and dark circles, may have nothing to do with sleepiness at all! This is why many Canadians seek out blepharoplasty in Toronto to help treat these issues.
Aging is the primary reason behind the area around the eyes changing and causing us to look tired. Unfortunately, these signs can strike even while we’re young, with signs like dark circles, fine lines, and sagging affecting the face as early as our twenties.
Here are some of the reasons that your eyes may be making you look unrested and how blepharoplasty can help.
When it comes to sagging eyelids specifically, it is usually due to the levator muscles in the eyelids weakening and losing their hold on the skin, causing it to droop down in front of the eye. This can be true of both the upper and lower eyelids. In cases of the lower lid, the skin can drop down and away from the eye, causing issues such as improper eye closure and allowing for debris and allergens to enter the eye more easily.
Besides aging, other additional factors can contribute to and accelerate the process of a drooping eyelid. This can include:
The Frequent application of makeup and subsequently rubbing it back off with wipes
Rubbing excessively from itchiness or tiredness
Side-sleeping with pillows hard against the lid
Frequent overconsumption of alcohol or drugs
Extended unprotected to the sun and UV rays
Dehydration of the skin
Pollution (especially in areas like big cities)
Dark circles form under the eye creating a discoloration almost like a bruise, making us appear like we’ve spent the night without sleep. Dark circles form when the skin is thin under the eye. The fat deposits under the skin dry up, leaving empty space between the layers, allowing the underlying muscles and blood vessels to show themselves more easily, hence the discoloration.
Puffy Eye Bags
Puffy bags are an extension of dark circles, and the two usually go hand in hand. Puffy under-eye bags occur when the empty pocket of space under the eye begins to gather fluid, resulting in the pocket swelling up and puffing out, similar to an empty balloon swelling from water.
Puffy bags under the eyes form similar to and often come along with dark circles. This is because when the underlying fat dries up and leaves empty space under the eye, this space can begin to accumulate with fluid and press against the loose skin like filling a balloon with water.
How Blepharoplasty Can Help
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, works to treat all of the above issues. During the procedure, the muscles of the eyelids are re-tightened, and the excess skin is removed to treat any sagging issues. Dark circles and puffy bags are treated by redistributing fat to the under-eye area and removing excess skin for a tighter look and less discoloration.