Why do people get "tired-looking" eyes? There are a number of skin changes that can make the eyes appear aged or tired. Bags under the eyes are one the most common main causes of a tired look. When fluid builds up under the delicate skin around the eyes it makes the eyes look hollow and creates an overall saggy and worn-out appearance. Getting rid of the fluid built-up under the eyes is not an easy task. Neither Botox®, nor plastic surgery can alleviate this problem. When excessive fluid under the eyes makes one look tired, I usually recommend simple lifestyle modifications, such as:
- Limiting fluid intake for 1-2 hours prior to going to bed.
- Sleeping with the head slightly elevated on an extra pillow
- And, yes, getting enough sleep.
Another common cause of tired looking eyes is the development of fine wrinkles and lines around that area.
Do the new anti-puffy smoothing eye patches work? I very much like the idea of using the patches around the eyes. Using patches under the eyes would further help to alleviate the problem by soothing and moisturizing the delicate skin under the eyes and also providing gentle pressure on the skin thus preventing fluid buildup. It is, of course, only a temporary measure, but when used consistently, patches could have an additive effect of reducing fluid accumulation as well as helping to prevent sagging and stretching of the skin from excessive fluid accumulation.
However, I am less enthusiastic about recommending the products that promise to tighten the skin and provide a form of a skin “lift” by using chemical tightening. The effects of long-term application of these “wrinkle-smoothing mask” products have yet to be assessed. Occasional use of skin tightening products appears to be harmless, but one should be careful not to over use them.
Here are a few ways how one can prevent or reverse this unpleasant change: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! This is the first and the most important step in keeping the skin around the eyes looking healthy. Using conventional moisturizers would help to soothe and hydrate the skin preventing the formation of fine lines and creases. Using patches would have an additional effect of relaxing the muscles around eyes and reducing the lines caused by excessive mimetic muscle activity.
If the use of moisturizers and patches is not sufficient, it’s time to move toward medical treatments of the wrinkles such as injections of Botox® or skin resurfacing with a gentle acid peel or mild laser treatment. Finally, when all else fails, blepharoplasty could be an effective option to remove the damaged skin and tighten up the area around the eyes.
Dr. Konstantin is a top plastic surgeon in New York City. He is well-informed on many topical beauty subjects and was recently quoted extensively in a national women’s publication for an article titled, “I Got a Facelift at 35.” To learn more about Dr. Konstantin, please visit his site.