Q&A with Dr. Dean Kane – Drooping Eyelid
My eye lid is drooping and I am considering getting surgery to bring it up and brighten up my eye appearance. Anonymous February 18, 01:29 PM
Thank you for this question. The answer is a bit complicated and therefore you should seek the advice of a Plastic or Oculoplastic (specialist in eyelid and orbit reconstruction) surgeon. Your question refers to a single eyelid and this could be due to trauma, disease or aging. If you are speaking of both upper eyelids causing visual obstruction to surrounding features or simply to look better; bilateral upper lid lifts (with or without removal of the fat bags) may create a more open and appealing eye. If you are concerned over drooping lower eyelids; this unnatural appearance is from loss of the lower eyelids tone and may contribute to a rounded appearance, irritation along the eyelid, irritability and dryness of the eye and many other problems. Usually, lower eyelid surgery is performed cosmetically for the fat bags which develop under the eyes and / or for the overlying loose or crepey skin. I find in my practice about 50% of patients show concern about the upper eyelid excess particularly along the outer sides of the orbit. This is called hooding and may also obstruct vision but is attributed to “drooping” of the brow and forehead. Following the evaluation and correct diagnosis of your problem, your desires can be addressed with cosmetic and / or reconstructive surgical and sometimes non-surgical ( for example, botox or filler) options.
I trust this was helpful. Thanks again for this question. I wish you the best!
Dean Kane, MD, FACS
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