Are there non-surgical alternatives to fix droopy eyelids?
It would be great to hear that there are some effective non-surgical alternatives that I could get to fix my droopy eyelids. Are there certain fillers that are recommended for this? Maybe creams or lasers?
Drooping upper eyelid skin and under eye bags are common cosmetic issues. In most cases drooping eyelids are due to age-related collagen loss and an expansion of the fatty tissue in the surrounding eye area.
In these cases, the best options for correcting droopy eyelids involve surgical procedures but, depending on your specific issues, there may be some nonsurgical options available. These options may include iopidine eye-drops, botox injections, and strategic use of dermal fillers. While non-invasive approaches do not provide a permanent solution, they may be appropriate for patients determined to avoid or postpone surgery.
I can't give you any specific recommendations without a personal examination, so I suggest a consultation with an experienced eye doctor or oculoplastic surgeon to determine the cause of your droopy eyelids and to discuss the full range of options.
Droopy eyelids and the development of excess skin around the eyes are a natural part of the aging process. As we age, we lose skin elasticity and collagen which causes loose skin and laxity in the eyelid area. While the gold standard for correcting droopy lids is eyelid surgery, there are some nonsurgical treatments that may help in some cases.
Without a direct consultation I can't say which treatment options make the most sense for you, but in many cases we can correct droopy upper eyelids by injecting Botox into the forehead muscles and muscles around the eyes. In other cases we can use laser treatments or ultrasound therapy to smooth crow's feet and to tighten the skin around the eyes. I suggest a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon or dermatologist to discuss treatment options and to rule out any other underlying conditions which may contribute to eyelid drooping.
Keep in mind, however, that the most permanent and reliable solution for droopy eyelids is plastic surgery. Non-surgical eyelid treatments generally offer only short term results.
As we age, the muscle that moves the eyelids up gets lax and can begin to separate from the eyelids. "Droopy" eyelids that are the result of aging are best corrected with ptosis repair surgery, which involves repair of the muscular insertion. Droopy eyelids can sometimes result from weakening of the muscle as an adverse effect of botox injections. In such cases, drops such as Naphcon or Iodipine can alleviate the sagging eyelids until the botox wears off. There are no creams or laser treatments that effectively treat droopy eyelids.
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