Do you suffer from tired eyes? Do you see less well? Or do you regularly receive comments about your appearance such as: “Didn’t you sleep well last night?” This is all very annoying and can be caused by drooping eyelids. We are all getting older, but some age better than others. Hanging eyelids can influence our appearance and our vision can also be inhibited. Can anything be done about it? Sure. In this blog you can read more about the causes of hanging eyelids, the consequences and what treatment is possible at Duinbergen Clinic to improve your eyelids.
What are droopy eyelids?
We are all getting older, our skull is looses bone, the eye socket enlarges, the skin becomes thinner, connective tissues are becoming weaker so that the underlying structures move and eventually we lose it to gravity. What this looks like is not the same for everyone, although there are family trends. Often the upper eyelids droop, there is excess skin hanging over the eyelid edge. There are two types of drooping eyelids, namely ptosis and dermatochalasis. Both forms can lead to the same complaints, but are very different.
Droopy eyelids as a result of ptosis
The muscle that lifts the upper eyelid is the levator muscle. If this muscle no longer works properly, this can cause a hanging eyelid (ptosis). Ptosis can also be caused by old age, muscular disease, Horner’s syndrome or by a scar. Typical complaints are: difficulty to see in the dark (for example, not wanting to drive the car at night), feeling tired towards the evening, headaches and wrinkles in the forehead with high eyebrows. A droopy eyelid by ptosis can be corrected by shortening or re-tightening the levator muscle.
Droopy eyelids as a result of skin excess
Dermatochalasis or skin excess is caused by sagging skin, for example due to age or reduced skin elasticity. The skin around the eyes is very thin and quickly loses elasticity. Gravity will cause the skin to descend. Generally this only happens when you are over 40 years old, but if drooping eyelids occur faster this can be disturbing for you and give you a tired look.
Consequences of droopy eyelids
When the levator muscle no longer works properly or when your eyelid skin relaxes, the eyelid hangs over edge of the eyelashes. A droopy eyelid can result in a tired look / appearance. Besides your look you can have other complaints: Because the eye is less visible, you can see worse. You can also suffer regularly from tired eyes or get more headaches. If you like to wear eye make-up, applying this will eventually become more difficult. Especially when your eyes are swollen in the morning due to fluid retention.
Lifting the eyelids , or blepharoplasty is the solution for droopy eyelids
Fortunately, a minor intervention is sufficient to get rid of your complaints. With an upper eyelid correction we can correct overhanging eyelids by removing the excess skin or we can repair the levator muscle. At Duinbergen Clinic we listen to your wishes and choose the best procedure for you. Scars are minimized as much as possible, so that you hardly see them after the procedure. An upper eyelid correction can be done for cosmetic or medical reasons (eyesight obstruction or fatigue). You are welcome for both type of procedures. Are you curious about what is best suited for you? Then a consultation with the plastic surgeon is a first step. He can determine the cause and the best treatment for you. When you know where you stand, you can decide what to do.