Many women apply makeup as a part of their daily routine. Love it or hate it, makeup can work wonders in accentuating our assets or concealing our flaws.

But what do you do when concealment isn’t enough anymore?

One of the most common complaints from patients is sagging eyelids, which in some cases can actually prevent women from applying eye shadow at all.

It’s a tough pill to swallow when peering into the mirror is no longer a simple daily routine, but rather a source of daily stress.

And it’s not a problem encountered just by women. In fact, statistics released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that eyelid surgery is quite prevalent among men.

Your eyes are a prominent feature. When gravity begins to affect this area of your face, it can make you look older than you feel.

Our eyelids actually stretch with age and the muscles supporting them become weaker. This contributes to drooping upper lids and bags underneath the eyes.

But, don’t despair. While sagging of the eyelids is an inevitable component of aging, it doesn’t have to be a permanent one.

Eyelid surgery, technically known as blepharoplasty, is an outpatient procedure that reveals a fresher, more alert overall appearance of the face.

Eyelid surgery can correct a myriad of issues including drooping eyelids, puffy bags and even dark circles under your eyes.

This surgery includes removing excess skin, fat and sometimes muscle from the eyelids.

After the procedure, most patients return to regular activity within 8 to 10 days and scars are hidden in the eyelid creases.

Great looking eyes significantly contribute to a youthful appearance. If this is your goal, your first step is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

As with any surgical option, it’s important to learn what kind of results you can realistically expect with regards to your unique concerns.

The plastic surgeon you choose should explore both the benefits and risks of the procedure and address any concerns, fears or misconceptions you may have.

By getting a professional opinion, you equip yourself with the facts to decide if eyelid surgery is right for you.

Eyelid surgery can even improve peripheral vision in some cases. If your eye doctor deems that sagging upper eyelids are interfering with your ability to see your environment, upper blepharoplasty will sometimes be covered by insurance.

Whether for medical or cosmetic reasons, most patients who have eyelid surgery note a major boost in confidence.

For women, the simple act of applying makeup can become fun again instead of a dreaded chore.

Both women and men can greatly benefit from a renewed sense of happiness when they eliminate sad, tired looking eyes.

Dr. Audrey Klenke, the area’s only female plastic surgeon, is the owner of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery. She is a member of the medical staff at both Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital.