Conditions and Treatments

Tired Eyes

What causes the appearance of tired eyes?

The appearance of tired eyes can be caused by a number of factors. Firstly when we are tired the muscles around the eyes relax and make the skin loose. This is why it is almost always easy to tell that people are tired from the appearance of the eyes. Dark circles may be caused by the darker muscles under the eyes being partly visible through the thin overlying skin. With ageing the skin everywhere become thinner, contributing to the problem. Over time we may loose normal fat tissue under the eyes, or alternatively the normal fat tissue may increase or bulge, all contributing to the appearance of ‘bags’ under the eyes.

How can tired eyes be improved?

Firstly gaining adequate rest is important in minimizing tired eyes. If your eyes still appear tired despite regular, adequate rest, then you may consider some treatment. Correction is usually not complete and procedures have some potential problems. Often covering the dark shadows with makeup is the best solution.

Filling the hollows with one of our safe fillers is usually the most effective non-surgical treatment for the appearance of tired eyes. Some tempo-rary bruising and swelling is not unusual after this procedure.

Muscle-relaxing injections
Muscle relaxing injections are an excellent treatment for crow’s feet around the eyes and can sometimes also improve the appearance of tired eyes. They are not appropriated for all patients with tired eyes and if used in the wrong patients they can actually worsen the appearance of tired eyes.

Fraxel and other lasers
Laser resurfacing including Fraxel laser can help smooth and tighten the skin and therefore improved the appearance of skin around the eyes.

For excessively thin skin and bulging fat tissue, surgery (lower eyelid blepharoplasty) may be required in addition to, or instead of the above treatments. We perform upper eyelid blepharoplasty under local anaesthetic in the clinic theatre. This clinic does not perform lower eyelid blepharoplasty but can refer patients to an appropriate surgeon.

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