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Several options can fix tired eyes

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As we get a little older, one of the first places we notice it is around our eyes. Try as we might, it's hard to hide the loose skin and bags that creep up. But there may be a way to take about 10 years off your eyes.

If you don't like how your eyes look, you have several options.

A filler can help if you have hollowing under your eyes, For wrinkles, there's Botox.

But Barbara Chastain and Chartel Parker felt like they needed a more long-lasting fix. So, they decided to go for it.

Chastain, a retired elementary school teacher from Ellijay, lost her husband of almost 25 years 12 years ago. That's when she started trying new things, like signing up for dance lessons.

"I tell people that the only place I feel wild is on the dance floor," said Chastain.

And, at 62, Barbara is dating again, which has gotten her thinking, about her eyes.

"I guess for the last 8 years, I've looked in the mirror and I keep seeing these droopy eyelids and these bags.  And I used to just notice my eyes," Chastain said.

Chartel Parker's says that she gets told she looks tired, and she's only 23.

"I get tired of the remarks, ‘Oh, you must've had a late night last night!' I'm like, ‘No, I went to bed at like  8 o'clock,'" she said.

The stylist inherited her undereye bags from her father. Makeup doesn't help, so she hides the puffiness behind glasses. But all she really wants is to look as refreshed as she feels.
      
"No puffiness, I won't look tired when I know I'm not tired.  I won't hear the remarks anymore, and I'll just feel more confident about myself," Parker said.

Chartel's plastic surgeon, Dr. John Connors, thinks he can fix the  problem with just a couple of small incisions.

But Barbara goes first.

The morning of her eye lift, she's is a little nervous, but mostly excited  to see what plastic surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein can do.

"So, I would like the bags to go away, and my eyelids to come right where they're supposed to be, and maybe when I put my eye makeup on, it will actually show," Chastain said.

To get the best results, Dr. Burstein does several things. He gives her a brow lift, then works on both her upper and lower eyelids, taking out excess fat and loose skin. He also fixes a bump in Barbara's nose and give her a peel to even out her skin color.

Then it's Chartel's turn. Because she is so young, Dr. Connors says she really only needs a lower eye lift.  
         
 "I'm nervous, but I'm happy at the same time, because I'm excited about the end result," Parker said.
 
He makes two small incisions on the inside of her lower lids. That allows him to push back the fat pockets that are pushing forward and causing a shadow without leaving a trace.

Connors says Chartel will need two or three weeks for the swelling to go down to see the best results.

"But nobody will be able to look at her and say, ‘Oh, my gosh, you've had surgery,' because there'll be no scar to see.' Instead, they'll say, "Chartel, you look great!  What have you done.'  And that's going to be the key,'" she said.

Three weeks after Chartel's surgery, the bags are gone.  No more looking tired.

Barbara is happy with her results, too.

"My eyes look really wide. I see my eyes, I don't see my eyelids, it makes me feel younger, and I do look a little younger," Chastain said.

Barbara celebrates her new look by going dancing.

"I see the younger person there now, not the older woman I saw in the eyes.  The eyes really make the difference in how you look," Chastain said.

Eye lifts are usually considered elective, meaning you have to pay for them.  They can run anywhere from about $4,000 for lower lid lift like Chartel got, to $10,000 for a brow lift and upper and lower lid lift like Barbara underwent.

If you're thinking about it, find a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and get an estimate in writing that includes not just the surgeon's fees, but the anesthesia, and the surgery center fees.

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