A droopy eyelid may be caused by ptosis, a condition that indicates damage or abnormalities with the muscles or nerves of the eyelid. In these cases, treatments that are intended specifically for anti-aging may not produce the desired improvement. If droopy eyelids contribute to your look of being tired or sad, Dr. Lewen may recommend droopy eyelid surgery.
Diagnosing Droopy Eyelids Caused by Ptosis
The first step in finding the right treatment for the tired look of your eyes is to determine what is causing the sagging of the eyelid. Stretching of the muscles that control the eyelid are the most common contributing factor and may be caused by:
- Trauma to the eyelid or eye area
- Excessively rubbing the eyes
- Complications from previous eye surgeries
- Chronic infections
- Abnormal growths
- Improper use of contact lenses
Droopy eyelids may also indicate a loss of soft tissue or bone that normally provides structure for the skin and eyelid. Dr. Lewen considers all of these factors before recommending the most appropriate treatment.
Treatment Recommendations for Droopy Eyelids
Whether your droopy eyelids are caused by changes to the muscles, loss of soft tissue and bone or congenital ptosis, Dr. Lewen may recommend surgery. In most cases, tightening the muscles that control eyelid movement and positioning is adequate. He may also remove any excess skin or soft tissue that lend to the sagging appearance of the eyelid. If he finds that you have an abnormal growth that is weighing down the eyelid, he will determine the nature of the growth and recommend complementary treatment.
After Surgery for Droopy Eyelids
After your surgery for droopy eyelids, you see an immediate improvement. You may have some swelling, but your eye is more open than prior to the procedure. Dr. Lewen provides detailed instructions on how to ensure that your eye heals properly, and he will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
Some steps that you can take to minimize sagging in your eyelids are:
- Use proper sunscreen, even on cloudy days
- Use high-quality professional skin care products that are designed specifically for the delicate skin of the eye area
- Do not rub your eyes
- Have any infections or unusual bumps evaluated as soon as you discover the issue
Learn More About Droopy Eyelid Surgery at Lewen Cosmetic Surgery
If you have drooping or sagging eyelids, or if you always look tired even when you feel rested, contact Lewen Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation to learn more about droopy eyelid surgery.