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How Do You Fix Droopy Eyelids?

Eyelid drooping, also known as ptosis, occurs when an individual’s upper eyelids sag or droop. Different factors can contribute to eyelid drooping. The droop may be slight, or it can be severe enough to affect a person’s sight.


In some cases, especially for children, the condition can resolve itself with time. Some people do not require treatment, but others will require a procedure to correct drooping. There are several ways to fix droopy eyelids.




Botox injections can help fix droopy eyelids. The cosmetic procedure helps lift the eyelids, changing their appearance. Injecting Botox into the muscles causes the brow to appear more lifted.


The procedure can improve the eyelid’s appearance by making the brow look more rested. Botox is effective for fixing droopy eyelids, but the results are temporary. Depending on the severity, the effect lasts three to six months.




Injectable fillers can help fix droopy eyelids. Dermal fillers are injected into the fat beneath the brow, plumping up the eye area. It reduces sagging and improves the appearance of the lids.


Injecting a filler into the tear trough can increase the volume under the eye. Patients experience some mild swelling and bruising soon after the procedure. The effects of dermal fillers will depend on the product used and can last up to one year.


Eyelid Repair Surgery


Ptosis repair surgery can help tighten the upper eyelid muscles. The procedure can correct droopy eyelids. If the drooping is more evident in one eye, surgery can help fix the asymmetry.


The position of the incisions will depend on the ptosis repair technique used. The patient may experience bruising for two or three weeks, but there is minimal pain. The procedure is ideal for people with severe ptosis.


Brow/ Forehead Lift


The surgeon may perform a coronal brow lift or an endoscopic brow lift. A brow or forehead lift can help fix droopy eyelids. The procedure tightens and smoothens these areas and improves the eyelid’s appearance.


A coronal brow lift involves the use of incisions across the forehead. An endoscopic lift is minimally invasive. Tiny incisions are made without removing the skin. The effects are immediate, but recovery takes several months. The results are long-lasting.


Upper Blepharoplasty


Blepharoplasty involves the removal and repositioning of excess skin around the eyes. An upper blepharoplasty does not raise the eyelid, but it is beneficial. It helps increase the field of vision, and it can improve headaches. 


Other Treatments


Other non-surgical options to treat ptosis include prescription eye drops, medication, and special lenses to strengthen the eyes.


Upneeq® is a treatment that involves the daily use of eye drops. The drops help contract the muscle, lifting the eyelid. Its results last six hours. The non-surgical options help treat mild ptosis.


The cause of the droopy eyelids will determine the best treatment option. Many people develop droopy eyelids as part of the natural aging process. The doctor will recommend the best option, depending on the severity of the condition.


For more on fixing droopy eyelids, call Fier Eye Care & Surgery Center at 772-400-2400 our office in Port Saint Lucie or Stuart 772-286-0007, Florida.

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