Droopy eyelids, also referred to as ptosis, occurs when the upper eyelid droops down on or over the eye. Ptosis can occur in one or both eyelids and can even impact one’s sight. For those with droopy eyelids that sag significantly over their eye, they often have to continuously raise their brow to correct the issue. This can lead to headaches as the constant lifting is burdensome. Most often those who suffer from droopy eyelids will need medical intervention as the problem can be corrected through surgery. While droopy eyelids can be genetic, several factors can affect your risk of getting ptosis.
Are Droopy Eyelids Genetic?
To get to the bottom of the question, we need to look at what are the immediate causes of droopy eyelids.
Causes of Droopy Eyelids
Below are some of the common causes of droopy eyelids.
- Natural Aging: One of the more common reasons for droopy eyelids is natural aging. This is because the collagen and elastin in your skin significantly reduce as you age. Aging can also cause the muscles in your upper eyelid to weaken, which causes the drooping effect.
- Congenital Ptosis: Some people are born with the condition, and there may be genetic reasons why. For some, congenital ptosis can impair their vision and cause a lazy eye.
- Accidents: For those who are not born with droopy eyelids, it can be caused by an accident. This can occur due to things like accidental stretching or tearing of the tendon-like wrap that functions to help the eyelid move. An accident during eye surgery, excessive eye rubbing, and rigid contact lenses can all cause eyelid drooping.
- Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions can cause droopy eyelids, including certain neurological conditions, Horner’s syndrome, eyelid tumors, cysts, or even swelling. Nerve damage can also affect the eye muscles, which can lead to drooping.
While some causes of droopy eyelids cannot necessarily be controlled, such as accidents, medical conditions, or genetic reasons, there are some steps you can take to prevent drooping eyelids caused by natural aging. First and foremost, medical professionals stress that avoiding rubbing your eyes is important. If possible, avoid using contact lenses as they are also a leading factor in droopy eyelids occurring. Factors such as smoking, obesity, and alcohol use can also contribute to your risk of getting ptosis.
Droopy eyelids can be repaired after a proper medical diagnosis. A board-certified plastic surgeon will evaluate your eyes during a consultation and can assess whether or not you are a good candidate for surgery. Ptosis surgery can repair the eyelid by tightening the muscle that lifts the eyelid. This is done through a very small incision, and the procedure is minimally invasive. Patients are often back to their normal daily routine within a very short time. Due to the issues ptosis causes physically, patients often report that they have an easier time with their vision and no longer have headaches due to their drooping eyelids. They also report having increased confidence due to the surgery’s ability to take years off of your face.
If you are concerned about your drooping eyelids and want to make an appointment with a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, contact Dr. Joseph and his team of experts at Infocus Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Joseph is a highly experienced and well-known surgeon that specializes in cosmetic eyelid surgery. He also has additional training and experience with a wide variety of eye procedures, including cosmetic, functional, and reconstructive. Dr. Joseph can help you reach your aesthetic goals and help you get your confidence back. The team of experts is happy to work with you on a plan that is right for you. Contact the office today for a consultation!