What are droopy eyelids?

Droopy eyelids are an excess of skin on the upper eyelids due to the passage of time, the effect of gravity on the face or many other factors. The periocular skin, the area that includes the eyelids, is the thinnest in our entire body, which is why it suffers more than any other area, losing elasticity, hydration and volume over time and giving way to the signs of aging.

This condition has a great impact on the eyes, the part of the body that has the most weight in the facial expression and that shows first the effect of aging. Drooping eyelids often reflect sadness and a tired look, having a great impact on oculofacial aesthetics and they are one of the main reasons for aesthetic consultation.

Why do the eyelids droop?

Although it is fundamentally an aesthetic condition, it can actually limit your field of vision, so it has a great impact not only on appearance, but also on your health and quality of life. Droopy eyelids can be due to physiological or medical causes, including the following:

  • Aging, causing skin flaccidity due to loss of firmness and tissue elasticity.
  • External agents such as unprotected sun exposure, pollution or extreme temperatures, also have a great impact on the eyelids and eye contour and accelerate the skin’s oxidative process.
  • Eye rubbing. This habit is detrimental to eye hygiene and also to the functioning of the eyelids.
  • Eyelid ptosis. This muscular pathology is lowering of the upper eyelid, compromising eye health and requiring surgical treatment in addition to ophthalmological follow-up on many occasions.

What professional should treat my eyelids?

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It is essential that the doctor who provides aesthetic treatment to the eye contour ensures the absence of pathology, since drooping eyelids can be due to eyelid ptosis, in the same way that any aesthetic concern of the eye contour can also be related to other eye conditions.

Once the absence of any anomaly has been verified, the aesthetic approach to drooping eyelids, whether surgical or not, continues to be extremely delicate. This is due to the high vascularity of the ocular contour, the presence of nervous elements, the fragility and thinness of the eyelids’ skin, as well as its proximity to such important structures as the eyes.

The success of the treatment does not solely depend on the products used or the patient, but on the medical professional who performs it. Therefore, it is crucial to go to medical centres with an outstanding track record in health and safety in order to avoid risks and adverse effects.

In this sense, ophthalmologists specialized in ocular plastic surgery as well as in oculofacial aesthetic medicine provide a plus of patient safety assurance when undergoing treatment for eyelids or other conditions in the periocular area.

Treatment for droopy eyelids

There are different options to correct drooping eyelids and restore beauty to your eyes, either with or without surgery.

Professionals who treat this pathology

Frequently asked questions

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