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Call it sleep deprivation, stress or genetics, but for most people, droopy eyelids are just part of life – particularly as you age. According to Healthline, sagging eyelids don't discriminate; men and women of all genders and ethnicities experience it as part of the natural aging process, although certain medical conditions can also cause or exacerbate the condition.
Regardless of its cause, drooping eyelids can be annoying – and not just aesthetically. Ptosis, the medical term for upper eyelid drooping, can obscure vision in severe cases. At best, the condition makes you look more tired – not to mention older – than you really are. If you suffer from droopy eyelids, you're probably tired (pun intended) of looking tired. Fortunately, there's a solution for even the most heavy-lidded cases. Here are just a few reasons an eye lift can help you look younger and better rested than ever.
You can actually see your eyes
Even in people with the best genetics, skin loses elasticity over time and begins to sag. The eyelids, which are made from the thinnest skin found on the body, are prone to sagging and drooping according to Eyelid Center of Utah, which performs more eyelid lifts than any other surgery. An eyelid lift minimizes the hood covering your eyes, making them appear wider and more open – causing you to look more awake and less tired than before.
You're reducing wrinkles
There's a reason "old" and "tired" are often used together as descriptors; many of the natural signs of aging – like wrinkles – also make you appear more tired. Eyelid lift surgery, which uses small incisions to remove excess skin around the eyes, naturally reduces wrinkles. Rather than removing fat around the eyes, Dr. Kian Eftekhari, M.D. at Eyelid Center of Utah repositions it, which results in a less hollow, more natural-looking eyelift. By restoring the natural volume in your skin, you look younger and less tired than before.
You've stopped squinting
A funny thing happens when your vision is obscured: you squint. A lot. Aside from making you look older and more tired than you really are, squinting can cause or exacerbate the formation of wrinkles – particularly around your eyes. An eyelid lift, however, removes the extra skin around your eyes, allowing you to see clearly. Without your trademark squint, you'll look more rested and more alert than you have in years.
The bags are gone
Even if you're regularly getting good sleep, undereye bags can definitely make you look like you aren't. If you're suffering from lower eyelid droop, you've likely grown accustomed to your undereye bags – or you're driving yourself crazy finding ways to cover them up or reduce their appearance.
However, a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, or eye bag removal, surgically sculpts and contours the lower eyelids, tightening sagging lower eyelids and removing excess fat that appears as undereye bags. Dr. Eftekhari uses a hidden incision on the back side of the lower eyelid that avoids a scar and takes care of the excess fat below the eyes. Sometimes he uses a tiny incision just below the eyelashes, which are unnoticeable once healed. What is noticeable is the visible reduction of undereye bags, making you look rejuvenated, alert and wide awake.
You're more confident than ever
There's something about looking less tired that makes you actually feel less tired. When you look in the mirror and see tired, sagging eyes, you may feel like you haven't slept in days – even when you have. Research has shown that the way you move your facial muscles to make expressions has a big effect on how you feel - not the other way around! So improving the skin around your eyes may actually affect your psyche.
An eyelid lift – upper, lower or both – can restore the youthful shape and appearance of your eyes, which will give you a boost each time you pass a mirror. With your confidence higher, you'll be better equipped to face the world – without feeling like you need a nap first.
Look less tired today
Eyelid Center of Utah provides comprehensive eyelid services, including upper and lower eyelid lifts. Dr. Kian Eftekhari, M.D., who has a five-star rating on Healthgrades, customizes each of his patient's surgical or treatment plans, ensuring natural-looking, confidence-boosting results, regardless of the procedure.
If you'd like to look and feel younger and less tired than ever, consider Eyelid Center of Utah, which has offices in Salt Lake City, Draper and Park City. Call 801-758-7220 to schedule a consultation.