Getting Rid Of Those Tired Upper Eyes

Have you ever looked in the mirror and seen that tired look and wondered why? If you are over  forty, this might be a near daily occurrence. Fullness or extra skin of the upper eyelid is one of the most common causes of tired looking eyes. You may be wondering what’s the best way for me to remove this fullness and restore the youthful, attractive look to my eyes. Is it an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), a browlift or some combination that is right for me?

Fullness and heaviness of the upper eyelids occurs for two reasons. The most common reason is too much skin and fat. Due to the constant stretching of opening and closing your eyes (the upper eyelid accounts for most of eyelid closing) extra skin is created over time. Eventually this can become so significant that it hangs down onto your eyelashes, known as hooding. The other contributing reason can be the position of the eyebrows. If the eyebrows have dropped down and are too low (gravity does usually win) this can also add fullness to the upper eyelids as it pushes the eyelid skin down.

To really know whether it is the eyelid skin, the eyebrows or a combination of both that is causing those full and tired looking upper eyelids, you must do an eyebrow placement test. By putting your eyebrows in the proper aesthetic position (by pulling up on the forehead skin until you have the desired eyebrow position) and then opening and closing your eyes, one can see the true amount of upper eyelid fullness remaining. By so doing, there are three possibilities for correction which will be revealed.

When the eyebrows are lifted to a better position, all the upper eyelid fullness is gone. This means the fullness is due to low eyebrows and the solution is some form of a Brow Lift. In this situation if only an eyelid lift was done, it would actually cause your eyebrows to become lower.

When the eyebrows are lifted, some but not all of the upper eyelid fullness gone. This means a combined browlift and eyelid lifts are ideally needed.  It would also be perfectly appropriate to just do an eyelid lift and accept the lower eyebrow position. For men this is usually more common than in women as most men have naturally lower eyebrows.

If the eyebrow is already in a good position on the lower end of the forehead and all of the eyelid fullness remains, than only eyelid lifts are needed. This is , by far, the most common tired eye scenario particularly if one is under the age of 55 or so.

Plastic surgery correction of aging of the upper eyelids must consider its upstairs eyebrow neighbor to determine the best solution to a less tired and rejuvenated look.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana