Drooping, sagging eyelids occur when the upper eyelids fall to a lower position than normal. The problem can affect one or both eyelids, and often gives the face a tired appearance. In severe cases, droopy eyelids can also impair vision, but can drooping eyelids be fixed with surgery.
What causes droopy eyelids?
Droopy eyelids are usually the result of natural aging, but can also be caused by more serious conditions, so it’s important to have an assessment done by your doctor.
Can drooping eyelids be fixed with surgery
Yes, drooping eyelids can be corrected with upper eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. The eyelid droop may be slight, but there are also severe cases in which the eyelid partially covers the pupil of the eye, and inhibits normal vision (learn more).
What is upper eyelid surgery?
Upper eyelid surgery is a procedure in which excess skin is removed from the upper eyelids. It is an outpatient procedure that is done under IV sedation with local anesthesia. The incisions for upper eyelid surgery are made within the natural crease of the eyelids, so there are no visible scars when the incisions heal.
Upper eyelid surgery elevates the eyelids, giving the eyes a more open, alert appearance.
Recovery after upper eyelid surgery
After upper eyelid surgery, patients can expect to experience moderate swelling and bruising, which can last for up to 7 days. There may also be some pain which is usually slight, and can be resolved with pain medication. Patients are generally advised to take 5-7 days off work.
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