How to Fix Tired Looking Eyes?

Are you tired of looking tired? Tired looking eyes are a concern for many men and women. They can make us look aged, sleepy and sometimes even grumpy. The good news is that there are some ways to fix tired looking eyes to look more awake and refreshed.

This blog will discuss how to get rid of tired-looking eyes naturally. It will also discuss what helps tired looking eyes, including injectable options and surgical options.

What Causes Tired Eyes?

There are many causes of tired eyes. Some people have naturally tired looking eyes, while others get them from a lack of sleep or from working long hours. Exposure to the sun can also cause tired-looking eyes, as can allergies and sinus problems. Pregnancy and menopause can also cause tired looking eyes due to the changes in hormone levels.

A tired appearance can be due to a number of reasons. Other than those listed above, ageing is one of the biggest culprits of making us look tired.

With age, the skin around our eyes becomes thinner and less elastic. This causes the area to appear sunken and dark circles to form. Fatigue, stress and sleepless nights can also make our eyes look tired. 

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How to Fix Tired-Looking Eyes Naturally

There are a few ways to fix tired-looking eyes. The first is by addressing the cause. If your eyes appear tired due to a lack of sleep, overworking or stress – it’s important to address these issues first. Here are some natural home remedies for tired eyes:

  • Get enough sleep – aim for at least eight hours per night
  • Drink more water to keep your skin hydrated
  • Use a good quality eye cream to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness
  • Apply a thin layer of concealer under your eyes to cover up any blemishes or discolouration
  • Use a highlighting pencil to brighten the area around your eyes
  • Smile! This will help to lift the muscles around your eyes and make them look more awake

Injectables Options for Treating Tired Eyes


One of the best ways to fix a tired looking eye area is by using hyaluronic acid. This natural substance helps hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines.

If tired eyes are caused by ageing, then injectable treatments may be a good solution. Injectables that use hyaluronic acid can help to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of tired-looking eyes. These are called dermal filler injections.

How to Treat Tired Eyes and Under Eye Bags with Fillers

Dermal fillers are a great solution to facial ageing. There are minimally invasive and can treat a range of concerns that make us look old or tired. Treatment typically lasts for around eight months, after which time the filler will naturally break down and be absorbed by the body.

The most common concern is ageing around the eyes. This can present as:

  • under eye bags
  • wrinkles, or
  • poor skin texture

Dermal fillers can help to smooth these concerns and give the area a more refreshed appearance.

1. How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Bags

Ask your injector for tear trough filler! Tear troughs are the depressions underneath the eye and just above the medial cheek. When this area of the face loses volume, dark circles or hollowing may appear which causes us to look older than we are.

Tear trough filler treatment uses dermal fillers to fill the appearance of under-eye hollows – correcting the appearance of tired eyes. It can also reduce shadowing under the eye, allowing for a brighter appearance.

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Tear trough filler. Results using 1mL premium dermal filler by Nurse Kim.

2. How to Reduce Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Cheek filler is a great option to reduce under-eye wrinkles. When the cheeks lose volume, the under eyes have less support to hold them up. This can create a deeper and darker appearance to the lower eyelid.

Adding volume to the upper cheek can effectively reduce the appearance of tired lower eyelids. It can also refresh the overall facial aesthetics.

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1mL cheek filler. Results by Nurse Kim.

3. How to Improve Skin Texture Around the Eyes

A lot of the time, tired looking eyes can come from ‘crepey’ skin texture or dehydrated skin. Injectable skin boosters are hyaluronic acid, but a finer product compared to dermal fillers.

Skin boosters lift the skin slightly which can smooth fine lines and wrinkles that form over time. Skin booster injectables are great for treating the fine wrinkles that form around and underneath the eyes. They can reduce creases, dimples and lines to create a more smooth, youthful and rested appearance. 

How to fix a tired-looking face? The good thing about skin booster injectables is that they can be used anywhere. They can be used to rejuvenate the face and create a more rested facial appearance.

Surgical Options for Fixing Tired Eyes


If tired eyes are caused by structural issues, such as excess skin or fat around the eye, surgery may be a good option. There are a few surgical options that can address sleepy eyes, tired eyes and under eye bags. But first, it is important to determine what part of the eye is making you look tired.

This could be due to ptosis in the:

  • Upper eyelid
  • Lower eyelid, or
  • Eyebrow

It may be one or more area that is droopy and requires surgery to correct.

1. Upper Eyelid Lift or Upper Blepharoplasty

An Upper Eyelid Lift or Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct drooping upper eyelids. The surgery removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelid, restoring a more youthful appearance.

Upper eyelid surgery is best suited for you if droopy or sagging eyelids keep your eyes from opening completely. You’ll benefit from younger and more alert looking eyes, and in some cases, your vision may even improve.

It can also reduce puffiness around the eyes and correct a droopy upper eyelid.

2. Lower Eyelid Lift or Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid surgery can reduce the appearance of tired eyes. By surgically removing excess skin and fat around the eyes, you’re likely to have a more rested appearance. Surgery can also reduce puffiness under the eyes and correct a droopy lower eyelid.

Eyelid surgery is best suited for you if droopy or sagging skin pulls down on your lower eyelids. You’ll benefit from younger and less tired looking eyes, with smoother skin under your eyes.

3. Brow Lift Surgery

Brow lift surgery can give us a more youthful appearance. By surgically lifting the brows, the upper face region is tightened, lines are lessened and you can have a brighter, more rested appearance.

Brow lift surgery is suitable for you if you feel that your brow or upper eyelid area has sagged, causing you to look aged or tired. With surgery, you can benefit from higher eyebrows which can make you appear more alert and youthful.

What to Expect From Facial Rejuvenation Surgery

  • All 3 of these procedures have a short recovery time. You should be able to resume normal activities within a few days.
  • The results are often dramatic, stripping years off your appearance
  • And, your new youthful appearance can last for many years.

Often, a single rejuvenation procedure, whether blepharoplasty or brow lift surgery, can help combat the appearance of tired looking eyes. Combining these procedures may even be a good option. 


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What causes eyes to look tired?

There are many reasons why eyes may look tired. The most common reason is aging, which causes the skin to thin and lose elasticity. This can lead to excess skin around the eyes, as well as wrinkles and under eye hollowing.

Other reasons include:

  • Fatigue or lack of sleep
  • Allergies or sinus problems
  • Excessive screen time
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Dehydrated skin

Why do my eyes look tired and droopy?

Tired and droopy eyes are most commonly caused by ageing. Most ptosis (drooping) just happens with aging. As a person ages, the skin and muscles of the eyelids stretch and weaken. This leads to excess skin that can appear droopy.

What causes dull looking eyes?

There are many reasons why your eyes may look dull. The most common reason is tiredness, which can be caused by a lack of sleep. Dark circles can also make your eyes appear dull. This can be caused by fatigue, allergies, genetics, dehydration or thinning skin.

How can I make my eyes look younger?

There are a few ways to make your eyes look younger. The most common is hyaluronic acid filler injections such as tear trough filler or skin boosters.

If the cause of tired eyes is structural, surgery may be a better option. Eyelid surgery can remove excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. You can also get brow lift surgery, which raises the eyebrows and tightens the upper face region.

My eyes look tired and sunken, what should I do?

Tear trough filler is a great way to add volume beneath the eye to reduce a ‘sunken’ look. Consider booking a consultation with a qualified cosmetic nurse for another opinion.

How do you make tired eyes look brighter?

There are a few things you can do to make tired eyes look brighter. The most common is to use a hyaluronic acid filler such as tear trough filler or skin boosters. This will help to hydrate and plump the skin around the eyes, making them look brighter.

You can also use eye cream to brighten under-eye circles. If these options don’t work, it may be time to consider plastic surgery.

Eyelid surgery can remove excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids, making them look brighter. Brow lift surgery can also raise the eyebrows and make the eyes look brighter.

Are You Tired of Looking Tired?

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