Droopy Eyelids May Be Hereditary Or The First Signs Of Aging

If you have droopy eyelids, you may not be aware that this is actually a condition that is called either blepharoptosis or dermatochalasis.

“Yikes!” You may wonder, “am I going to go blind?” No, not at all. It’s just that the border of the upper eyelid falls to a lower position than normal.

In severe cases of droopy eyelids, the drooping eyelid can cover all or part of the pupil and interfere with vision.

Droopy eyelids can also cause the eyelashes to grow inward instead of outward.  In some instances, the field of vision is impaired, causing reading and driving to become more difficult.

The eyelids are one of the first areas of the face to show dramatic aging. The skin begins to sag, muscles start to weaken, and skin tissue droops around the eyes. Loss of elasticity in the upper eyelid causes the lid to descend downward and rest on the eyelashes, negatively effecting appearance and vision.

What causes this?  For some people it’s hereditary.  For others it’s the gift of aging and gravity!

The good news is that droopy eyelids can be easily corrected.  The better news is that your insurance may cover it!

There are two different types of eyelid surgery– Blepharoplasty and Ptosis Repair.

Blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids and ptosis repair is done to correct a weak muscle that is causing the eyelid to droop.  Both procedures result in a more youthful, refreshed, and vital appearance of the eyes. It is like having an umbrella lifted from your eyes and significantly improves field of vision.

Before you enter the black hole of Google, it is important to get a correct diagnosis and then follow up with an oculofacial plastic surgeon who is expertly trained in ophthalmology and plastic surgery.  Experience, confidence and surgical technique play a big role in the outcome you’ll get.  When you work with the best and most experienced surgeon, the results will be rewarding!