As we age, the skin loses its firm elasticity and begins to sag and droop. This natural change in the condition of our skin can unfortunately result in major changes around the eyes, particularly changing the appearance of the eyelids themselves. This results in a hooded, tired, and sagging appearance. When the situation is severe, sagging eyelids can even affect eyesight by reducing your field of vision.
What can be done about sagging eyelids? There are a number of treatments that can improve or eliminate this concern, resulting in a refreshed, rejuvenated, and lifted appearance. In fact, resolving sagging eyelids can take years off the face.
Lift your eyelids with a brow lift
A brow lift is designed to lift the drooping tissues of a heavy, sagging brow. While the procedure addresses the skin and muscles of the brow, it also lifts the upper eyelids. A brow lift moves the eyelids to a more natural, youthful resting place and tightens and lifts the skin of the upper eyelids. The result is a better rested, more appealing, youthful appearance, lasting 10-12 years.
Refresh your eyelids and renew your appearance with eyelid surgery
If your brow is fine, but you’re not happy with your eyelids, eyelid surgery is probably right for you. Eyelid surgery is directly designed to focus on sagging skin in the eyelid area, tightening the eyelids attractively by removing the excess, loose skin. The result is a natural-looking, refreshed, and renewed appearance. Eyelid surgery has a short recovery period and achieves a more youthful look around the eyes, lasting 5-10 years or longer.
What about non-surgical options?
For those who aren’t ready for a surgical procedure, Botox is a non-surgical option that can help refresh and tighten the skin around the eyes. A Botox treatment for the upper eyelids relaxes the muscles around the eyes and between the brows, resulting in the eyebrows being lifted to a higher position. Injected strategically, Botox can lift and open the eyes beautifully, resulting in a more youthful, bright appearance. Keep in mind the results are temporary, lasting 3-4 months.
One non-invasive option that people have used to address their drooping eyelids is eyelid tape, an at-home treatment. Eyelid tape mechanically lifts the eyelid and sagging skin around it with adhesive. Eyelid tape is placed at the part of your eyelid that folds over. It pulls your eyelids upward and achieves a tighter, more youthful appearance. The problem with this method is that it is quite short-term, lasting only a couple of hours. Additionally, eyelid tape and the glue that is used are not good for your eyelids if used over a long period of time and can result in more skin sagging in the future.
What is the best way to tighten sagging eyelids?
While every patient is unique and must make the best choice for themselves, the most dramatic rejuvenation of sagging eyelids is achieved surgically with an eyelid lift. If the sagging and wrinkles extend to the brow, a brow lift might also be considered. For those who want a non-surgical, temporary option, Botox is likely the best choice.
We are happy to answer any questions you might have about your options to address sagging eyelids. Please call today for a consultation with Dr. Afrooz.