Is there a way to improve heavy eyelids?

Heavy lids can start early in life for some, but they are usually a gradual event. IN some cases, there can be loss of upward vision as well as a feeling of tiredness as a result. 

Jennifer Baron, MD is uniquely qualified to help you deal with eyelid droop. Dr. Baron is a blepharoplasty specialist, an expert at removing the excess tissue necessary to restore your eyelids. Arrange a consultation to find out more about what you can expect from eyelid surgery. 

What causes eyelid drooping? 

Children can suffer from ptosis, typically right from birth, because it’s a genetic issue rather than aging skin. Adults suffer from acquired ptosis, though genes may contribute also. If you already have low eyelids, sagging skin may become a problem earlier in life. 

While loose skin is a key contributor, it’s not always acting alone. Muscles, ligaments, and nerves can also play a role in eyelid movement, and these may be due to an injury, though any tissue can weaken with time. In most cases, your drooping eyelids result from stretched skin and weakened muscles. 

If you’ve previously had eye surgery, the tools used to hold your eyes open could stretch tissue. This could speed up age-related effects that cause sagging eyelids. 

Treating eyelid droop

The standard of care for drooping eyelids is a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty. Each procedure is customized to the patient, involving a unique combination of adjustments to tissue, potentially including fat, muscles, and skin. 

The small incisions needed for blepharoplasty hide well in the natural folds of the eyelids and in some cases, they may be made under the eyelid and not visible at all after healing. Sometimes, a small adjustment to the eye’s levator muscle is all that’s needed. In more complex cases, excess skin and fat may be removed. 

There is an emerging non-surgical treatment that shows promise for some cases of drooping eyelids. An eye drop medication called oxymetazoline can help certain cases of ptosis. The drops cause the levator muscle to contract slightly, raising the eyelid a millimeter or two. It won’t work on all types of ptosis, so it may not be appropriate for your condition. 

Find out more about your drooping eyelids and the treatment options available to you by calling Jennifer Baron, MD. You can reach the appointment line at 408-329-6056. Arrange your personal consultation today. 

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