Solutions for Droopy Eyelids

Are you bothered by droopy eyelids that make your eyes look like they are aging too fast? Dr. David Sayah, a talented Beverly Hills plastic surgeon that sees cases like yours all the time, can help. In this post, he shares some solutions for droopy eyelids, starting with the simplest and ending with the gold standard of eyelid tightening.

Lifestyle Changes

Sagging eyelids are most often a sign of advancing age, although there are other underlying conditions that can contribute to or compound sagging. For example, stress and fatigue might affect the look of the eyelids. Make sure you’re getting quality sleep (six to eight uninterrupted hours per night), hydrating properly and avoiding a salt-heavy diet. Manage daily stress with exercise, yoga, meditation or therapy. Controlling seasonal allergies can also help, since some allergies cause eyelid swelling.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

In cases of mild eyelid drooping, carefully placed injections of Botox or dermal filler might provide the desired results. Cosmetic injectables can help in cases where a drooping eyebrow presses down on the upper eyelid, causing it to sag. By slightly elevating the brow with Botox, Restylane or Juvederm, the upper eyelid opens up. Keep in mind that Botox and filler results last temporarily (from three months to a year, depending on the product).

Another non-surgical treatment option is a skin tightening treatment such as the radiofrequency devices Thermage and Exilis. This type of technology heats up the deep layers of the skin, triggering the production of collagen and causing lax skin to contract.

Surgical Treatment

The gold standard of treatment for eyelid sagging is blepharoplasty (a.k.a., eyelid lift). Excess saggy skin is surgically removed and the eyelid skin is tightened. The tissue, fat and muscles of the eyelids can also be modified to create a firmer and more youthful eyelid contour. Eyelid surgery may be performed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both. The incisions are made carefully within the natural creases of the eyelid to prevent any noticeable scarring.

For more information about eyelid surgery or any of the other solutions mentioned in this post, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayah. Contact our practice at (310) 905-8405 to make an appointment.

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