Your eyes are one of the first things that people notice while talking to you. Thankfully, your eyes always are naturally radiant. However, the skin around your eyes and your eyelids can eventually sag and droop. Let’s explore why this happens and how eyelid surgery can help.
Reasons Eyelids Droop
Drooping eyelids can be frustrating and embarrassing to deal with. Severe eyelid droop can even impede your vision. Let’s look at some common reasons why your eyelids may droop or sag.
Aging is one of the most common reasons why the skin on your face begins to sag, and this includes your eyelids. Your skin is naturally elastic and will form the underlying structures. This results in bright, tight, and healthy-looking skin. Skin is able to do this because of collagen and elastin in the skin. However, as we age, the amount of collagen and elastin in our skin decreases significantly. This loss of collagen and elastin decreases how elastic the skin is. This leads to stiff, loose, and dull-looking skin.
Aging isn’t the only thing that leads to loose skin. Loose skin can also be caused by sun-damaged skin. The sun emits UV light that damages the skin and its structures. Sun damage leads to a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin, and, as mentioned before, that leads to a decrease in the elasticity of the skin. Similar to aging, your skin will become stiff, loose, and darker. This is what causes pigmentation in the skin, like freckles, age spots, liver spots, and more.
Muscle Loss or Weakness
Muscles are essential for holding the skin in place. Your skin can droop or sag if your muscles become weak or muscle tissue is lost. Muscle weakness happens as you age but can happen from certain medical conditions as well. Muscle loss leads to less tissue keeping the skin in place. This skin is now unsupported and will sag.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is the surgical altering of the eyelid. Blepharoplasty is a great way to correct a drooping eyelid. Dr. Jeffrey James is an experienced cosmetic surgeon with The Cleft & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center, which provides eyelid surgery for people struggling with eyelid drooping. Dr. James believes in detailed consultations to ensure every patient leaves his office happier than when they came in. If you’re considering eyelid surgery, then contact Dr. James’ office at 706-834-9100 today.