Droopy eyelids are caused by excess skin which appears more pronounced over time due to sun damage, skin laxity or water retention. The appearance of excess skin on the eyelid may emphasise the signs of ageing and fatigue and causes the upper eyelid to droop downward. The reasons for droopy eyelids include genetics or damage to the eye, with the condition becoming more likely as we age.
As we age, we begin to lose collagen which contributes to the skin’s plumpness and youth. As collagen decreases, skin becomes thinner and loose, creating the droopy eyelid. Treatment is not always necessary but if there is an impact on vision and comfort, Bodyvie’s tried and trusted treatment options can help alleviate the situation.
Treatments such as PlexR and resurfacing lasers like Youlase help to vaporise excess skin to tighten the eyelid for a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
The main symptom of droopy eyelids is that one or both upper eyelids sag. Excess skin above the eye will look like a droopy eyelid which can possibly affect vision.
You may also experience dry or watery eyes, as well as notice a more weary or tired look to your face. There are some instances where you can also feel some aching around the eyes.
A droopy eyelid can also force your eyebrow to raise to compensate for visual impairment, which can tire the muscles in the face. Other symptoms you may experience include finding it difficult to keep your eyelids open, eye fatigue when reading and strained eyes in general.
Saggy eyelids may be predetermined by genetics and, as a result, are not preventable. However, it can also be caused by UV damage from the sun which breaks down the collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to increased skin laxity and excess loose skin. To prevent this from happening, you need to apply SPF50 daily.
Quit smoking if you smoke as the toxins in the smoke also damage the skin, affecting collagen and elastin causing the skin to dry. Take a daily collagen supplement to maintain your collagen levels for overall skin health.
Avoid the use of rigid contact lenses and excessive eye rubbing to reduce the risk of acquired droopy eyelids.