About this concern

Clients often come to us saying they are told they look tired, run-down or sad. They struggle to wear eyeshadow because their eyelids are sagging and making it blur. Or they even can't see because their eyelids are hanging too low.

DROOPY EYELIDS, HOODED EYELIDS

What causes hooded or droopy eyelids?

Also called Ptosis (sagging) of the eyelids, it is generally age related, may start as early as in the thirties and becomes more common with each passing decade. The appearance makes a person look weary, sad and older.

Genetic factors play a big role in how quickly and how much the hooding develops. It starts as a slight skin excess or fold in the crease between the upper eyelid and the eyebrow and gradually develops further until the sagging skin extends over the entire upper eyelid as far as the eyelashes, making it impossible to apply any eye makeup to the upper eyelid. If left untreated in some individuals the sagging skin may overhang the eyelashes themselves and interfere with vision. 

Eyelid drooping is almost always on both sides but is often not symmetrical.

Eyelid drooping in later stages is commonly associated with eyebrow drop as well and this too may need to be corrected at the same time.

I am having headaches, could this be caused by my lids?

Yes, this is a common complaint. When eyelids and brows are sagging sufficiently to compel you to constantly hold your eyebrows raised this will lead to strain of the forehead muscles and chronic headaches may result.

How can you get rid of droopy eyelids?

In the very early stages, a “botox lift” may be sufficient for a while.

Skin tightening procedures such as “skin pen needling” and radio-frequency needling are effective in tightening the eyelid skin sufficiently to lift it. 

As the droop progresses there are other treatment options available. “Eyebrow thread lifting” procedure is a minimally invasive process to insert self-supporting sutures under the skin to lift the eyebrows and lids. This is a short non-surgical procedure performed comfortably under local anaesthetic.

Another very effective and minimally invasive option is a new radiofrequency technology called the “AccuTite” where a fine cannula (probe) no larger than an injecting needle is inserted under the skin to deliver radiofrequency energy precisely and safely under the skin where it is most effective, to tighten and lift the eyelid and eyebrow. Results from this treatment can be long lasting.

As the droop progresses further the best option is surgical correction called a Blepharoplasty (Blepharo =eyelid, plasty = shaping), usually in combination with an eye brow lift (called a Pexy) as the eyebrow is commonly drooping as well by this stage. This is the definitive and most effective treatment and it is permanent.

Any of these procedures can be combined with skin rejuvenating treatments such as chemical, laser and radiofrequency skin tightening and clearing treatments for additional improvement.

The result is a refreshing opening up and brightening of the eye area that makes you look and feel fresher, younger and less tired. The ladies can enjoy applying their eye makeup once again!


Disclaimer: Individual results may vary. Surgery and all health regulated services may carry some risks which you can discuss with our doctor.

Some treatments we may recommend

Thread lifting

This is the latest development in the push towards non-invasive procedures to lift facial sagging that develops as a result of the loss of tissue support through ageing and sun damage.

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‍Lower eyelid Blepharoplasty and fat pad removal (eye bags)

This is a procedure to surgically remove any excess skin and fat of the lower eyelids.

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Tear troughs

We use dermal fillers to fill in the sagging or concaving of under your eyes making you appear less tired, more awake and younger.

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Upper blepharoplasty

This is a procedure to surgically remove any excess skin and fat of the upper eyelids

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Do you have a question?

If you're not sure what solution you'd like, you wish to talk about the best plan for your unique situation please contact us and we'll get back to you.

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