Causes and Treatments for Sagging Eyelids

Sagging eyelids are one of the most feared signs of aging that both men and women alike are at risk of developing. The skin of the eyelid becomes soft over time and loses its elasticity. This often gives the appearance of a “single eyelid”, or one that has no natural crease. There are various causes behind this condition but only a few treatments that actually provide noticeable results. We are going to discuss both the causes behind sagging eyelids as well as the best methods available to treat this condition.

Although most people associate sagging eyelids with the many signs of growing older—and age is one of the leading causes—it is not the only way that droopy eyelids can develop. Having a diet high in sugar is a surprising cause behind this condition, but sadly it is starting to affect more and more younger adults. This excess sugar causes fat buildup and free radical cells to affect many parts of the body, including the face and around the eyes. When too much fat builds up behind the skin, it can result in sagging eyelids.

Vision impairment is usually not an issue when the cause is a high-sugar diet, but it can be if your droopy eyelids are caused by a decline in a substance called collagen. Collagen is naturally found in the skin and is responsible for keeping our skin supple yet firm. Unfortunately when the body’s collagen content decreases, so does the body’s muscular structure. Without the taught collagen cells to keep the muscle cells tightly knitted together, the muscles become weakened. This makes the skin of the eyelids become incapable of “bouncing back” into place.

A poor diet can also contribute to poor overall skin health, especially in the sensitive areas of the face. Processed foods (think minced/shaped chicken, hot dogs, and fish sticks) are often high in unsaturated fats, which in large amounts can cause a world of trouble for our skin and the body as a whole. In addition to processed and sugary foods, failure to drink enough water can also cause the skin to lose its elasticity.

As many of the causes behind prematurely sagging eyelids are due to diet, a simple change in the foods you eat can have a huge effect not only on the areas around your eyes, but can improve your overall health. Adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet is a great way to increase the amount of antioxidants in your body. Antioxidants help the body eliminate the free radical cells that roam around in the body and produce many signs of aging. Leafy green vegetables like sprouts, broccoli, and spinach, as well as carrots, beets, berries, kiwi, and pineapple are all great sources of antioxidants that can help improve the elasticity in your skin.

If your case is particularly severe, such as suffering vision obstruction due to sagging eyelids, you may want to consider eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty. The average cost for this procedure is around $5,000, but the price differs depending on the area that you live in. The basic procedure involves the surgeon making an incision into the thin skin of the eyelid. The surgeon will then remove the excess fatty tissues that have built up underneath the skin. Once an adequate amount of fat is removed, the surgeon will then trim away any extra skin from the eyelid. This surgery is performed while the patient is conscious, but the area to be operated upon will be properly numbed. The procedure generally takes about two hours to perform and most patients are allowed to go home the same day. General recovery takes anywhere from two to five weeks, depending on the severity of the condition.

The first step in determining the best treatment for droopy eyelids is to figure out the cause behind the condition. Taking the time to do this will not only provide you with actual results, but it can save you from forking over money for treatments that may not work for you.


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