What Causes Droopy Eyelids?

Anyone who suffers from droopy eyelids knows how embarrassing the condition can be. Caused by a variety of issues, drooping eyelids can give someone the impression of looking chronically tired or bored. Thankfully, Los Angeles surgeon Mehryar (Ray) Taban, MD, FACS is an expert at repairing droopy eyelids and causing them to return to a normal state

What Causes Droopy Eyelids?

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Droopy eyelids (a medical condition called “eyelid ptosis”) can be caused by many issues. For some people, eyelid ptosis is a condition that is present at birth. For others, eyelid ptosis is a condition that develops with age. Because the skin loses its elasticity as the body grows older, the skin over the eye can begin to droop, impairing vision and creating the “lazy eye” effect. This is compounded by the weakening of the muscle that holds up the eyelid, another issue also caused by old age.

In other cases, droopy eyelids can be caused by accidents or injuries, or develop in people who have experienced LASIK or cataract surgery. In addition, various neurological conditions can cause the development of droopy eyelids in certain individuals. Other illnesses that can lead to droopy eyelid include diabetes, strokes, and damage to the nerves of the muscle that raises the eyelid.

Symptoms of Droopy Eyelids

Obviously, the main symptom of eyelid ptosis is a drooping eyelid. However, the extent of the droop can vary dramatically. For some people, the droop may barely be noticeable; in others, their eyelid may actually impede their vision or not allow them to fully open their eyes. If you feel as if you have eyelid ptosis, yet you can’t see any obvious drooping, try looking at an older picture of yourself to compare. Sometimes this is the easiest way to see a difference.

Treatments for Droopy Eyelids

Though many forms of treatment for eyelid ptosis exists, the most effective treatment for droopy eyelids is eyelid ptosis surgery, a procedure which lifts and corrects the position of the eyelid, allowing patients to see unimpeded. Specifically, the procedure tightens the levator muscle, the muscle responsible for lifting the upper eyelid.

Eyelid ptosis surgery, being an outpatient procedure, does not necessitate an overnight stay before patients are allowed to go home. However, Dr. Taban recommends that surgery patients be accompanied to the procedure by a trusted adult. After the surgery has been performed, the eyes may be sensitive and/or sore. In these cases, it’s important that the accompanying adult safely drive the patient back home.

Though it may take a few months to see the final results of eyelid ptosis surgery, patients should be able to see a difference immediately. After their eyelids have been corrected, patients feel and look rejuvenated, youthful, and reinvigorated.

Contact Dr. Taban Today

Dr. Taban is a Los Angeles-based board-certified oculoplastic surgeon (as well as diplomat of American Board of Cosmetic Surgery). An expert in performing a variety of eyelid procedures, Dr. Taban has office locations in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Taban, or if you have any general questions about the procedure, please do not hesitate to contact his office at (805) 669-9101.