Droopy Eyelids

At Corrective Eye Center we cover all areas of eye care including both medical and cosmetic eye conditions. Our physicians are highly experienced at working around the many areas of the eye and are a frequent choice for this type of surgery. If you or someone you know experiences frequent droopy eyelids, it may be time to consider eyelid surgery.

The eyelids can suffer from a number of damaging effects because their structure is reliant on surrounding facial tissues that easily accumulate fat deposits. Additionally, certain medical conditions or nerve damage can also cause droopy eyelids or swollen eyelids.

Who Needs Eyelid Surgery?

Our patients that meet any of the following conditions may benefit from eyelid surgery and should consult with one of our eye surgeons for more details:

  • Patients can oftentimes look tired even when they are fully alert
  • The skin of the upper eyelid overhangs the end of the eyelid (aka: droopy eyelid
  • The eyelid has unnatural bulges
  • Large bags that never dissipate are under the lower eyelid
  • The droopy eyelid interferes with the vision or the upper visual field
  • An eyelid turns in toward the eye, or sags open.

Some of the above problems with eyelids are caused by aging. However, many younger people may also suffer from eyelid damage due to the effects of medical conditions, including nerve damage, injuries, cancer and birth defects.

Types of Eyelid Surgery

Patients who are not happy with the way their eyelids look can rest easy knowing that it can be corrected through one or more of the following types of eyelid surgery:

  • Upper blepharoplasty – Upper blepharoplasty is used to enhance the appearance of the eyelid through the removal of excess skin. The nearby orbicularis muscle may also need to be trimmed, and bulging fat deposits may need to be reduced.
  • Lower blepharoplasty – Lower eyelid surgery requires one of three procedures: transconjunctival surgery, tissue-sparing surgery or transcutaneous surgery. Transconjunctival surgery involves the use of an electric current to make a cut on the inside of the eyelid so that fat deposits can be reduced. Tissue-sparing surgery requires only the adjustment of fatty tissues through an incision in the skin. Transcutaneous blepharoplasty is characterized by the removal of both skin and fat through an incision.
  • Ptosis repair – Ptosis is a weakened upper eyelid muscle. Ptosis repair tightens this muscle and elevates the eyelid.
  • Ectropian and Entropian – Ectropian and Entropian eyelid surgery is used to repair loose or floppy eyelids.

Eyelid Surgery Facts

Over 200,000 people undergo eyelid surgery every year in the United States. The procedure usually requires only local anesthesia and takes from 30 to 40 minutes to complete. After the surgery, patients may feel mild pain or a burning sensation that can usually be relieved with a nonprescription painkiller. Swelling, bruising and discoloration gradually disappear over the course of 10 to 14 days. Complications are rare, but they can occur. Complications may include muscle injury, tissue disruption and scarring.