Will Upper Eyelid Lift Make my Eyes Less Tired?

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Upper Eyelid Results

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During an upper eyelid lift or blepharoplasty the excess skin of the upper eyelid along with removal of fat pockets can be removed.  This can result in the eyelids feeling less heavy and less tiresome to keep held open.  Some patients may also be experiencing ptosis, which is a condition in which there is muscle involvement resulting in the improper positioning of the upper eyelid or drooping.  It is important that you have a trained physician evaluate your upper eyelids to determine if ptosis repair along with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty is required in order to achieve your desired look.


Kirkland Oculoplastic Surgeon

Upper Eyelid Lift or Upper Blepharoplasty can awaken tired eyes

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Upper Eyelid hooding caused by excess upper eyelid skin can give you a tired look. Upper Blepharoplasty, often called an eye lift or eyelid lift can remove the hooding and make the eyes appear more bright and alert.

Be certain that your doctor examines you for Ptosis. Ptosis is an eyelid droop caused by a muscle problem and the Blepharoplasty will not correct Ptosis. Ptosis is often referred to as "bedroom eyes."

Brooke R. Seckel, MD, FACS
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Tired upper eyes

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Sometimes excess upper eyelid tissues can weigh down on the lids and cause fatigue of the upper eyelids. Sometimes it is necessary  to lift with the forehead muscles to see well. This can add to the tired feeling. Often an upper blepheroplasty is the solution to this problem. You would also get cosmetic improvement. You should consult with a board certified  plastic surgeon or oculoplastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon. 

Ernest D. Cronin, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Will upper eyelid surgery make my eyes look less tired?

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Upper eyelid surgery can restore a more youthful appearance to the upper eyelid. In some cases it can also improve one's vision. Other factors that can contribute to a "tired" appearance includes allergies, the brow position, and the appearance of the lower eyelids. It is important that you discuss your goals and medical history with a board certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or an oculoplastic surgeon.

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Upper eyelid can contribute to a tired look

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Heavy or baggy upper eyelids can contribute to a tired appearance.  Many other factors can be involved as well including brow position, lower eyelid contour and midface contour.  Your first step should be to consult with a surgeon experienced in treating the eyelids and upper face.  This discussion will identify the factors influencing your tired appearance and options to correct them.  Best of luck.

Mark Beaty, MD
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Palm beach eyelid surgery

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An upper lid  blepharoplasty can definitely make one's eyes and face look less tired but only when performed on the right candidate. If you have excess or loose skin and/or bulging fat of your upper eyelids and this aging of the eyelids has contributed to people saying you look tired, then a consulation with a qualified plastic surgeon will be the next step. It is important to note, however, that there are many other factors that can contribute to a tired look including dark circles or bags under the eyes, droopy mouth corners and evening sagging eyebrows. That is why it is so important that you seek consultation with an expert plastic surgeon who can advise you on the best way to rejuvenate your appearance and maintain the youthful balance of your face.

Anita Mandal, MD
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Surgery for tired eyes-blepharoplasty or browlift

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Dear jeanene m,

Tired eyes are probably the number one complaint that brings people in for consultation for blepharoplasty or an eyelid tuck.  Cleaining up the upper lid redundant skin and removing the puffiness of the lower lids with a lower lid blepharoplasty can be very beneficial in making you look well rested and more youthful.

As you consider eyelid surgery, however, don't forget to consider the position of your eyebrows.  As we age, they descend and can close the eye in and make us look more tired and angry.  By lifting the brows you may not only rejuvenate the upper eye, but you may also avoid the upper eyelid surgery.  Both redundant eyelid skin and sagging brows play a role in the aging appearance of the eye so make sure that you discuss both with your surgeon. 

Good luck. 

Gregory Branham, MD
Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon

Surgery to correct Tired Eyes

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Surgery can definately correct tired eyes. However, several things cause the eyes to look tired. You will need an examination by an experienced Plastic Surgeon with much expertise in eyelid surgery.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
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Eyelid surgery does make you look less tired.

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Exactly correct.  Eyelid surgery is performed to make the eyes and face appear less tired. 

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Eyes less tired with a forehead lift.

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The short answer is yes. It depends on your photos showing if this is an eyelid problem or far more commonly a brow problem. In 35 years of doing forehead lifts and co inventor of the Irregular Trichophytic Forehead Lift, more than 90% of patients have a brow problem.

Toby Mayer, MD
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