Droopy eyelids, known as ptosis, can be an eyesore and make you look tired and even older than you are. There’s more to the condition than simply aesthetics. Droopy eyelids can impair vision, occur in both or just one of the eyes, and is more common in older individuals. Ptosis may also be present in babies from birth.

To help you understand more about droopy eyelids we are sharing more about ptosis in this article. We’ll answer some of the most asked questions, like:

  • Are droopy eyelids genetic?
  • What are the symptoms of droopy eyelids?
  • What are the causes of droopy eyelids?
  • What is the treatment for droopy eyelids?

The medical term for droopy eyelids is ptosis. There are a variety of causes for droopy eyelids. Some of the causes for this medical condition may be aging, a result of an eye injury, and sometimes diseases that may affect the eyelid muscles and cause ptosis.

Are Droopy Eyelids Genetic?

Many people wonder if droopy eyelids are caused by genetics. The condition does have heritability and can be passed down through generations. If your parents have droopy eyelids, there is a high chance that you will too.

Studies show that genetics do play a role when it comes to developing droopy eyelids along with a number of non-genetic risk factors such as age, gender, skin color, and health factors like chronic medical conditions, high BMI, and smoking.

What are the symptoms of droopy eyelids?

The main characteristic of droopy eyelids is the sagging of the upper eyelids. This may impair vision and cause a person to look older than they are. Other symptoms of droopy eyelids are:

  • Blurry or double vision
  • Eyelid irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Difficulty opening the eyes

What are the Causes of Droopy Eyelids?

The main cause of droopy eyelids is aging, more specifically this is because aging weakens the muscles and ligaments that hold the eyelids up.

The genetic connection and heritability of droopy eyelids is an important one, as well as other health factors when it comes to droopy eyelids.

Other causes are:

  • Neurological conditions
  • Eye conditions
  • Injury or trauma to the eye area
  • Tumors
  • Birth defects

What is the Treatment for Droopy Eyelids?

If droopy eyelids are caused by aging or other conditions the best treatment option is reconstructive eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty (surgery for droopy eyelids) is designed to provide an eyelid lift and restore vision. In addition to surgery, there are aesthetic options for improvement such as botox.

TN Oculoplastics provides expertise in a range of reconstructive eyelid surgical procedures and aesthetic improvement to treat droopy eyelids.

Our doctors specialize in blepharoplasty, botox, laser resurfacing, and derma fillers.

Contact TN Oculoplastics

Are you considering treatment for droopy eyelids? Droopy eyelids caused by aging or other conditions are best treated with reconstructed eyelid surgery. Eyelid lift surgery is called Blepharoplasty. This treatment for droopy eyelids can help repair eyelids and solve issues related to cosmetic concerns as well as obstructions to vision.

At TN Oculoplastics, we specialize in reconstructive eyelid surgery as well as aesthetic improvement through botox, fillers, and laser treatments. Surgery and treatments can reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and sagging around the eyes. Drs. Wesley, Klippenstein, and Meadow are board-certified Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. They received their fellowship training in Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Surgery.

Contact TN Oculoplastics today to learn more about our services.