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Droopy eyes: causes, treatments and self-care tips with Carpe!


What are droopy eyes?

Drooping eyes, also known as drooping eyelids or ptosis, refer to a condition in which a person’s eyelids partially or completely sag downward. This can result in a reduced field of vision, eyestrain and a change in the overall appearance of the face. This condition can vary in severity and can occur in one eye or both eyes.

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Drooping upper eyelids

Drooping upper eyelids are a common problem that can affect both a person’s vision and aesthetics. In this condition, the upper eyelids sag downward, sometimes to the point where they partially or completely cover the pupil. This can have various effects on both visual comfort and the overall appearance of the face.

One of the most obvious effects of drooping upper eyelids is their impact on the field of vision. When a person looks up or opens his or her eyes, they can get in the way and obstruct vision of objects above the eyes. In addition, drooping upper eyelids can increase the feeling of fatigue. Because the eyelids hang down, the eyes may feel heavier than normal.

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Drooping lower eyelids

This condition is characterized by the sagging of the lower eyelids. One of the most noticeable effects of drooping lower eyelids is the puffiness that can form under the eyes. This results from the loss of firmness and elasticity of the skin and muscles around the eyes. The result is a bulging appearance of the lower eyelid area, which some people find cosmetically distracting.

In addition to the formation of puffiness, drooping lower eyelids can also lead to the development of dark circles under the eyes. This is often caused by the way light is reflected and absorbed by the skin. When the lower eyelid sags, it can create shadows that accentuate dark and tired areas under the eyes, even when a person is well rested.

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What are droopy eyes?

This condition can result from several factors ranging from genetics to aging and other medical conditions. Understanding these causes is essential to determine the appropriate treatment approach and provide a personalized approach.

Aging and sagging tissues: One of the most common causes of droopy eyes is the natural aging process. As we age, the skin loses elasticity and firmness, and this includes the skin around the eyes. This can cause both the upper and lower eyelids to sag, giving them a droopy and bulging appearance.

Heredity: Genetics plays an important role in the structure and characteristics of our face, including the eyelids. If this condition often runs in your family, you may be at greater risk of developing it.

Muscle weakness in eyelid muscles: The muscles responsible for opening and closing the eyelids may weaken over time. This muscle weakness can contribute to sagging of the eyelids, especially the upper ones.

Neurological disorders: Sometimes neurological disorders that affect the nerves controlling the eyelid muscles can lead to drooping eyelids. This can result from conditions such as myasthenia gravis or Horner syndrome.

Trauma or injury to the eyes: Injury to the eye area, such as injury or surgery, can disrupt the normal structure and function of the eyelid muscles and surrounding tissue, resulting in drooping eyelid.

Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders or connective tissue problems, can also cause the eyelids to sag.

Lifestyle factors: Smoking, sun exposure and inadequate skin care can accelerate skin aging and make droopy eyelids appear faster.

What can you do yourself?

While professional treatments are often the most effective way to address this condition, there are some steps you can take yourself to reduce droopy eyelids and promote your overall eye health. Here are some tips for self-care:

Good skin care: A good skin care routine can help maintain the elasticity and firmness of the skin around the eyes. Use eye creams that contain hydrating and firming ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and peptides.


Sunlight protection: Sun exposure can accelerate skin aging. Always wear sunglasses with UV protection and use sunscreen with a high SPF to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

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Healthy lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle can contribute to a youthful appearance. Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet with plenty of antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables.

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Eye massage: Gentle massages around the eyes can promote blood circulation and help maintain muscle tone. Use your ring fingers to gently pat the area around the eyes.


Healthy habits: Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption, as these habits can accelerate skin aging.


Adequate hydration: Ensure adequate hydration by drinking plenty of water daily. Well-hydrated skin maintains its elasticity and resilience, reducing the condition. Moisture is essential to keep skin cells healthy and prevent dehydration. Drinking water not only supports the skin, but also contributes to the overall health of your body. By hydrating your body from the inside out, you can contribute to a youthful and radiant appearance while reducing the risk of dehydration symptoms that cause skin aging.


Makeup techniques: By using clever makeup techniques, you can divert attention from droopy eyelids. Use light eyeshadow colors on the moving eyelid and apply a light highlighter under the eyebrows to brighten the eyes.


However, it is important to note that these self-care measures are primarily aimed at promoting healthy skin and reducing the visible signs of aging. If drooping eyelids are a serious problem for your vision, comfort or self-confidence, it is advisable to consult a professional doctor.

Surgical treatments for drooping eyes

For those who suffer so much from this condition that it affects their vision, comfort and self-confidence, surgical treatments can provide an effective solution. There are several surgical options available to correct drooping eyelids and restore a youthful appearance. Here are some of the most common surgical approaches:

Upper eyelid surgery

This procedure focuses on correcting drooping upper eyelids. During surgery, excess skin and possibly fatty tissue is removed. This can improve vision, reduce fatigue symptoms and improve eye aesthetics. Upper eyelid surgery can also be combined with other procedures if needed.


Lower eyelid surgery

For drooping lower eyelids, lower eyelid surgery may be considered. This involves tightening the skin under the eyes and removing excess fatty tissue to reduce puffiness and a tired appearance.


Endoscopic forehead elevator

This technique focuses on lifting the forehead and eyelids through small incisions and an endoscope (small camera). Allows the position of muscles and tissues to be adjusted without large incisions. This can help correct droopy eyelids and eyebrows.

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Canthoplasty is a surgical procedure specifically aimed at improving the lower eyelids by strengthening the muscles that support the corners of the eyes. This procedure is often used to achieve a subtle elevator of the lower eyelids, creating a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.


Combined surgical procedures for drooping eyes

In some cases, a combination of different procedures may be necessary to achieve the best results. For example, an upper eyelid surgery can be combined with a forehead elevator for an overall rejuvenation of the eye area.

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