There are many reasons that you may look tired. An unpredictable sleep schedule, poor diet, dehydration, and stress are all capable of making you look a little worse for the wear. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to combat visible fatigue in these cases. With a few lifestyle changes and improvements to your skincare routine, you will look and feel more awake. So, let’s look at how to not look tired all the time.
How to Not Look Tired All the Time
However, many people do continue to struggle with under-eye bags despite all of their best efforts. Hyperpigmentation is genetic. And changes to the level of volume under the eye is just a part of aging for most people. The sad reality is that you will continue to look tired all the time if you’re naturally prone to under-eye bags unless you take action.
Start with Skin Care
Whether your under-eye bags are the product of genetics or aging, it’s easiest to start with skincare. Discuss your concerns with your dermatologist, and try a few new products specifically designed to address your areas of concern.
For example, maybe you struggle with hyperpigmentation. Then your dermatologist may suggest a product that contains hydroquinone. This can help reduce melanin production in the area. Alternatively, if you’re struggling with volume loss due to age, then a product containing hyaluronic acid may be better suited. Just keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, so it’s important to check in with your dermatologist before trying something new, especially as the product will be placed so near to your eyes.
Investing in Non-surgical Solutions
Unfortunately, skincare can only do so much. At best you can hope for mild to moderate improvement. If you’re looking to eliminate your under-eye bags, then you will have to speak with your local oculoplastic surgeon to discuss your options. For patients who have lost volume under the eyes due to age, non-surgical options offer real promise.
You see, as you age, the collagen and elastin in your skin break down. This causes you to lose some volume and flexibility in your skin over the years. The skin under your eyes is some of the most sensitive on your body, so the effects of aging are quite visible there. As a result of this process, many older patients have a sunken or sagging area of skin directly below the eye, resulting in permanent under-eye bags.
By using non-surgical fillers, Dr. Christopher Zoumalan can help to erase the appearance of those permanent under-eye bags. It’s a simple in-office procedure that requires almost no downtime. A few well-placed injections of dermal filler will help to stimulate collagen production. And we can fill the area, giving you a much more youthful look.
When to Consider Surgery
Although non-surgical options can help many people, there are some cases where you may require a blepharoplasty to remove bags under your eyes. If there are prominent fat pads of skin above or below your eyes, then surgery is likely to be your best option. Fortunately, your oculoplastic surgeon is more than prepared to take you through that process.
There are two major approaches: transconjunctival and transcutaneous. A transconjunctival blepharoplasty is generally preferred, as the approach leaves no visible scarring. However, you should keep in mind that this procedure is only suited to patients who are having fat removed while leaving the skin intact. Have the fat pads below or above your eyes stretched the skin too far? Then you may require a transcutaneous blepharoplasty. This type of eyelid surgery will require an exterior incision, but it can be easily hidden thanks to the skill of your surgeon.