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What To Do for Sagging Eyelids and When To Seek Treatment

If you notice that your eyelids are drooping and looking a little bit saggy, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many people experience this medical condition along with a dry eye as they get older.

There are some things you can do to help improve the appearance of your lids. However, if the problem persists or causes significant discomfort, it’s time to seek treatment from a professional.

Keep reading for more information on how to deal with sagging eyelids.

What Are Saggy Eyelids?

a person with saggy eyelids

Saggy eyelids are areas of skin on the upper eyelid that have become loose and wrinkled over time. This can happen to anyone as they age. Yet it is more likely to occur in people who have a family history of the condition.

Saggy eyelids may not be a major concern for some people. Yet for others, the condition can cause discomfort and even impair vision.

What Causes Saggy Eyelids

Saggy eyelids are often caused by the following:

  • Age: As we get older, it becomes more common for our skin to lose elasticity and start to sag. This natural aging process occurs to everyone, but some people will begin to notice it more as they reach middle age.
  • Genetics: Having a family history of saggy eyelids may increase your risk of developing the condition as well.
  • Sun exposure: Repeated exposure to the sun can cause our skin to lose some of its elasticity over time. This can lead to saggy skin in the long run.
  • Smoking: Studies have shown that smoking cigarettes can cause the skin around the eyes to become saggy.
  • Poor habits: Poor diet and not getting enough sleep may also increase your risk of developing saggy eyelids.

old lady with saggy eyelids


How to Prevent Saggy Eyelids

Here are prevention tips:

  • Wear sunscreen: One of the best ways to prevent saggy eyelids is to wear sunscreen daily. This will help protect the skin around your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can accelerate the aging process.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Prevent saggy eyelids by eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants. These nutrients will help keep your skin looking young and healthy.
  • Take care of your skin: Regular moisturizing and gentle cleansing can also go a long way in preventing saggy eyelids.
  • Get enough sleep: Getting enough quality sleep regularly is also very important for maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin around your eyes.


How to Treat Saggy Eyelids

saggy eyelid discomfort problem

Saggy and droopy eyelids can have a negative impact on appearance and self-esteem. The good news is several sagging eyelids treatment options are available to help address this condition.

Nonsurgical treatment for saggy eyelids

  • Injections: One popular non-surgical treatment for saggy eyelids is injections of botulinum toxin (Botox). Botox injections can help to tighten the skin and reduce saggy eyelids temporarily.
  • Laser treatments: Laser treatments help tighten the skin around the eyes and improve the appearance of saggy eyelids.
  • Fillers: Some people also opt for dermal fillers to help plump up the skin around their eyes and minimize sagging.
  • Chamomile tea bags: One natural treatment for saggy eyelids is to use chamomile tea bags. The caffeine in the tea can help tighten up the skin, while chamomile will help reduce inflammation.

Always consult with a qualified medical professional before choosing a treatment for your sagging eyelids. Remember that some treatments may not be suitable for everyone.

Surgical treatment for saggy eyelids

a young lady undergoing eyelid surgery

If other treatments are not effective in treating your saggy eyelids, you may opt for surgical treatments

  • Eyelid surgery: The most common type of surgery for this condition is called blepharoplasty. It involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids. This is a relatively quick procedure that can be done on an outpatient basis in most cases. It typically has a very high success rate.
  • Brow lift: In some cases, a brow lift may also be recommended in addition to or instead of eyelid surgery. This procedure uses surgical techniques such as Botox or brow implants to lift the eyelid.
  • Fat repositioning: This method involves transferring fat from other body areas to the upper eyelid. This can help to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of saggy eyelids.

As with any surgery, there are some risks involved with eyelid or brow lift surgery. These risks include infection, bleeding, and scarring, among others. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor before undergoing any surgical procedure for saggy eyelids.

Ultimately, the best approach will depend on each individual case and should be discussed with a healthcare professional. So if you are concerned about saggy eyelids, don’t hesitate to seek out the help you need!

When to Seek Treatment for Sagging Eyelids

If your saggy eyelids are causing you significant discomfort or affecting your appearance, you may want to consider seeking treatment from an oculoplastic surgeon. In some cases, saggy eyelids can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. Hence, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional as soon as possible if you are experiencing any symptoms.


Call the Experts

Saggy eyelids can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition, but several treatment options are available to help address this issue. You may opt for non-surgical treatments such as injections or laser treatments, or choose to undergo surgery. Always consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best approach for you.

If you are in Texas, don’t hesitate to contact Team Dermatology. We offer a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments for saggy eyelids. We would be happy to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. We have locations in Sugarland and Houston, Texas.

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TEAM Dermatology advises you of the departure of Dr. Kuda Maloney from our Memorial and Sugar Land locations in November of  2023.  Dr. Maloney will be pursuing interests outside of private practice and we wish her the best in achievement of her future endeavors. Please contact our office to arrange for your care with another provider in our offices.