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Are Sagging Eyelids Genetic?

The effects of natural aging can take a toll on one’s facial appearance. Between fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging, your face can make you look years older than you are. One of the major areas where this happens is your upper eyelids. Sagging eyelids can age you and also impact your vision in severe cases. Many patients wonder: are sagging eyelids genetic?

Below you will find information on the factors that increase your risk of sagging eyelids, including genetics, and what factors you can control when it comes to caring for your skin.

Are Sagging Eyelids Genetic?

Sagging eyelids are caused by gravity pulling down your eyelid skin which is exacerbated by certain lifestyle factors and genetics. Research shows that sagging eyelids can run in families and at least one gene plays a role in causing eyelids to sag. Because we cannot treat genes yet, it’s important to understand the risk factors that can lead to sagging eyelids beyond just genetics. The same research study that found a correlation between sagging eyelids and genetics also found that those with fair skin, men, and those who are overweight are more likely to have droopy eyelids.

Risk Factors for Sagging Eyelids

Because your collagen and elastin levels begin to decrease in your mid-20s and continue to go down as you age, your skin’s connective tissues will change. The loss of collagen and elastin causes your skin to lost its firmness, strength, and elasticity. While you begin losing the connective fibers in your mid-20s, the appearance is visibly noticeable in your early forties. Research shows that genetics account for 61% of the risk of sagging eyelids. The remaining percentage is attributable to certain lifestyle factors. Below you will find the most common risk factors for sagging eyelids.

UV Exposure: 

The risks associated with sun exposure are major in terms of your appearance and overall health. It is vital to use at least an SPF 30 every day to protect your skin from the sun and potential issues such as sagging eyelids. It’s also advisable to wear a hat and sunglasses when you are in direct sunlight.

Excess Weight: 

Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a diet filled with rich nutrients can benefit your overall health. However, the risk of major health issues and issues like sagging eyelids can be exacerbated by excess weight.

Lack of Sleep: 

Both a lack of sleep and your sleep position can impact your eyelids. A lack of sleep can cause your eyes to look tired and deepen fine lines and wrinkles. Any position outside of sleeping on your back can cause your eyelids to be pulled and pushed around through the night. This can further weaken the connective fibers in your eyelids leading to sagging eyelids.


Keeping yourself hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water each day can do wonders for your body and skin. A lack of hydration can leave your skin dry and susceptible to aging, including wrinkles and sagging eyelids. 

Treatment Options

If you have sagging eyelids and want to restore your youthful appearance, upper blepharoplasty surgery is right for you. The procedure is referred to as an eyelid lift and can take years off of your face. Upper blepharoplasty Beverly Hills involves removing the excess loose skin and fat which allows for a more visible eyelid platform. You can pair this with other cosmetic procedures depending on your desired aesthetic goals, including a brow lift. 

Droopy Eyelid Surgeon

If you have noticed that your eyelids are sagging and are considering treatment options, contact Taban MD. Dr. Mehryar Taban is a well-known cosmetic eyelid surgeon in Beverly Hills. He is skilled in a variety of procedures, including upper blepharoplasty. Dr. Taban is a trusted surgeon who takes great pride in providing his patients with the highest quality care. Contacts the best droopy eyelid surgeon today for a consultation!