How Your Eyelids Age You

The effects of aging can often be seen most often on your face before any other place. Your eyelids are a specific area that show the signs of aging. The skin on your face, especially around your eyes, is much thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body. Your skin also loses its natural elasticity as you age, making your eyelids droop and sag making them look aged. Below you will find how your eyelids age you and what you can do about it.

Because elastin and collagen tend to decrease around the beginning of your 30s, you’ll likely notice a reduction in your skin’s elasticity. Collagen and elastin are what keep your skin tight, plump, and youthful. The loss of elasticity and the pull of gravity causes your skin to droop down. This can visibly affect the skin on your eyelids in terms of sagging, wrinkling, and folding. The skin collects where your eyelid crease normally is, which can draw down the look of your eyes. Your lower eyelids can also become more aged with sagging for the same reason. They often pool in a u-shape under your eyelids, making them look aged and baggy.

Risk Factors

Most often, droopy eyelids are purely due to natural aging and the issues that come with it are cosmetic. However, in some cases, even the cosmetic issues can result in vision issues. If your droopy eyelid hangs too far over your eye, it can cause problems that may need to be corrected if they impair your vision enough.

In addition to vision issues, certain medical conditions can cause droopy eyelids, resulting in an aged look. Some of the more minor medical conditions include nerve injury or a temporary stye. However, there are more serious conditions that can lead to droopy eyelids, including a stroke, brain tumor, or cancer. These are rare but if you notice that you have droopy eyelids that have developed quickly in addition to other symptoms, contact a medical professional.

Droopy Eyelid Treatment

If your droopy eyelids are aging your face and it is due to the effects of natural aging, Botox Newport Beach may be just the right treatment for you. Botox is most often known for its ability to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, between your eyes, and on your forehead. However, it is also highly effective at improving the look of your droopy eyelids. The Botox injection is strategically placed to help lift your eyebrow area making your eyes look much more open and vibrant.

Preventing Droopy Eyelids

Most often, you cannot prevent droopy eyelids as they are usually caused by the effects of natural aging. However, there are a few ways you can ensure you keep your skin looking and feeling bright and youthful. It is vital to have a skincare routine that includes a cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. However, if you are prone to wrinkles or have thin skin, consider a moisturizing eye cream with retinol. In addition to your skincare routine, focus on getting enough sleep and eating a diet filled with healthy proteins and produce. While your skin will inevitably age, lifestyle factors can speed up the process.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

If you are concerned about the effects of aging and the appearance of your eyes, contact Dr. Joseph and his team of experts at Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Joseph is a highly experienced and well-known board-certified ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon that has vast experience in non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including lower eyelid surgery and Botox. Dr. Joseph can help you reach your aesthetic goals and help you get your confidence back. The team of experts is happy to work with you on a plan that is right for you. Contact the Dr. Joseph today for a consultation!