Droopy eyelids occur when your upper eyelid droops over your eye. It is also referred to as ptosis and can be addressed through cosmetic surgery. Ptosis is often thought of as a cosmetic issue, but can droopy eyelids cause problems? Below you will find helpful information on the impact of droopy eyelids and how you can address the issue.

Can Droopy Eyelids Cause Problems?

Droopy eyelids can pose issues and may require medical intervention. If you experience any of the following issues, consider treatment.

  • Impaired Vision: If the excess skin, muscle, and fat weigh down your upper eyelid, it can impact your vision. In some cases, people experience drooping that goes below their pupil, which can severely impair your vision.
  • Headaches and Neck Pain: People with droopy eyelids often have to raise their eyebrows or tilt their head back to see things clearly. This can cause issues such as headaches and neck pain that generally get worse over time.
  • Dry or Watery Eyes: Ptosis causes issues with the function of your eyelids. Your eyelids are meant to effectively keep your eyes moist. For those who have ptosis, you can experience dry or watery eyes if your eyelids are not functioning properly.
  • Cosmetic Issues: Droopy eyelids can make you look older and tired. While the issue is sometimes only cosmetic, it can have an impact on your self-esteem due to the effect on your facial aesthetic.

Causes of Droopy Eyelids

There are a number of causes of droopy eyelids, in addition to factors that place you at a higher risk for the condition. Droopy eyelids may be due to trauma, certain medical disorders, and some are even born with the issue. The most common cause of droopy eyelids is the natural aging process as your skin begins to lose collagen and elastin in your late 20s. The decrease in collagen and elastin can cause skin sagging, especially around your eye area.

Additional factors can place you at a higher risk for ptosis. Smoking can lead to premature aging, in addition to a number of other health issues. It can impact your skin and result in sagging and wrinkles, in addition to droopy eyelids. For those who are overweight or obese, you may be at a higher risk for droopy eyelids due to the fat deposits that accumulate under the skin. This is exacerbated if you have major weight fluctuations as your skin may not be able to bounce back after major weight gain.

Ptosis Surgery

If you are unhappy with the look of your eyelids, consider ptosis repair in Seattle. The procedure is highly effective with a variety of benefits. It can help create a more youthful appearance as it improves the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. The procedure removes the loose skin, muscle, and fat that make your eyes look tired and “hooded.” This can take years off of your face and give you a more youthful and brighter look. For those who have issues with their vision due to droopy eyelids, the procedure can improve your vision, reduce your headaches, and relieve your neck pain. Issues such as dry or watery eyes also improve as your eyelid can properly function with the excess weight taken off of your upper eyelid.

Whether your droopy eyelids are causing issues with your vision, or if you are just unhappy with your facial aesthetic, cosmetic surgery in Seattle is a beneficial treatment option. The first step in the process is scheduling a consultation. Contact the team at Cole Aesthetic Center today to set up your appointment!

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