Causes of drooping eyelids

Drooping eyelids also known as ‘Ptosis’ is a condition that affects the upper eyelids and causes them to sag or droop, it can either affect one, or both eyelids. It can interfere with vision and cause difficulties with both long and short sight. Not only this, but in severe cases you may also have difficulty in keeping your eyes open, causing eye strain, brow ache and even fatigue, all in all, it can make concentrating extremely difficult. 

Aside from all of this, it can cause a lot of cosmetic issues for people and make them self-conscious and give them an overall tired, rundown appearance. In terms of causes, drooping eyelids can be present from birth, or they can appear later down the line. It also can be caused by an injury to the eye, from prolonged contact lens wearing, or any form of eye surgery. There are also less common causes of eyelid drooping such as issues with the nerves or muscles surrounding the eyes. 

The most common cause of drooping eyelids is ageing, as the skin loses elasticity and its collagen production slows, it can cause loose skin to sag and droop. Skin around the eye is the lightest skin on our body, and it is always moving from eye movement and blinking, because of this it is much more susceptible to change in shape and positioning. 

Doctor drawing on eyelid for eyelid surgery
Doctor measuring eyelid for eyelid surgery

Treatments for Droopy eyelids

The most effective and permanent treatment method for droopy eyelids would be upper blepharoplasty which is a minor-surgery treatment. At The Cosmetic Centre, our founder Mr Adrian Richards is a specialist plastic surgeon with years of experience in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. 


Upper blepharoplasty can be carried out as a standalone surgery, or combined with lower blepharoplasty (lower eyelid surgery) or a brow lift or facial rejuvenation to reach your overall goal if it is a more awake, youthful complexion you’re after.


Although it may sound invasive, upper blepharoplasty is a non-invasive surgery. It typically involves using a local anaesthetic, and identifying the area of the eyelid where a skin incision would remove enough excess skin but still allow your eyelids to close comfortably and naturally. Because of this, this ensures that even if light scarring does occur, which is highly unlikely, you will not be able to see any scarring on the eyelids with your eyes open.


You may experience mild bruising or swelling for 10-14 days after treatment, but other than this recovery is relatively simple. We advise avoiding contact lenses temporarily until you are healed. 

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