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Eyelid Correction Solutions

Droopy eyelids and hooded eyes can be permanently corrected with a well practiced and effective upper eyelid or lower eyelid surgery.

Eyelid Correction Solutions

The Skinny


Drooping eyelids or hooded eyelids can be a frustratingly noticeable concern for men and women of all ages (check out our complete guide to Sagging & Hooded Eyelid Concners). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that over 200,000 blepharoplasty procedures were performed in 2018, making eyelid surgery one of the top five cosmetic surgeries of the year. Eyelid surgery can correct both the upper eyelid and lower eyelid to create a more youthful appearance and, in some cases, improve eyelid function. A plastic surgeon can determine which upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery is most appropriate. Some candidates may consider augmenting an eyelid procedure with a brow lift or facelift.

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The Specifics


Who may consider eyelid surgery?

Eyelid malpositioning can refer to a number of upper eyelid and lower eyelid abnormalities. Men and women of all ages who suffer from drooping, sagging, or hooded eyelids may benefit from an eyelid procedure. Some eyelid abnormalities can be caused in part by conditions known as entropion (inward curling of the eyelid) and ectropion (outward curling of the eyelid). The subcategories of eyelid concerns are outlined below:

  • Eyelid Ptosis: Refers to drooping of the upper eyelid, and may be caused by genetics, age (think skin sagging from collagen and elastin loss), or trauma.
  • Sagging Lower Eyelid & Sagging Upper Eyelid: Describes a condition in which the eyelid’s structural integrity is compromised leading to poor positioning over the eyeball. This can cause both aesthetic and functional concerns.
  • Upper Eyelid Fold: Sometimes referred to as hooded eyelids, this is most commonly a concern for men and women of Asian descent as they are more genetically predisposed to lacking a definitive upper eyelid crease.

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What can you expect from eyelid surgery?

Most all upper eyelid and lower eyelid procedures are surgical. These procedures are highly specialized to their targeted concern and can create vast improvements in appearance and function.

  • Entropion Procedure: This surgical procedure is used to restore the normal position of the eyelid by surgically repairing muscle and skin tissue. Entropion more commonly affects the lower eyelid.
  • Eyelid Malposition Procedures: Surgical corrections to both the upper eyelid and lower eyelid are encompassed in malposition procedures. Blepharoplasty procedures are surgical procedures that repair, alter, and/or excise excess skin, muscle, and/or excess fat tissue to reposition and restore eyelid appearance.
  • Eyelid Ptosis Surgery: These procedures target the musculature that connects the upper eyelid to the upper orbital bones to restore the appearance and function of the upper eyelid.

The majority of eyelid procedures are surgical procedures typically with a few weeks of recovery time. Common side effects include bruising, swelling, pain, and minimal bleeding. Most symptoms can be controlled with cold compresses or ice packs. Different techniques are less invasive than others, and consultation with a certified plastic surgeon can determine which is most appropriate for your unique concern.

When and why should you consider eyelid surgery? The nature of your concern will determine the most appropriate time for a surgical intervention. Of course, a good candidate should be in generally good health, have ruled out underlying medical illnesses that may be contributing to eyelid abnormalities, considered needed recovery time, and set realistic expectations of their cosmetic procedure.

In the case of genetically sagging or hooded lids, candidates may wish to pursue treatment earlier. For those experiencing age related skin changes, including loss of skin integrity and muscle tone, surgical procedures can be pursued once appearance has become dissatisfactory-the age at which this occurs is unique to every individual.

Blepharoplasty Procedures

Blepharoplasty procedures involve alterations to the skin, fat, and muscle tissue of, and around, the eyelids. These changes can restore upper eyelid and lower eyelid appearance while simultaneously correcting any abnormalities of eyelid function.

Entropion Procedures

This procedure specifically targets an entropion abnormality (inward turning of the eyelid), which more commonly affects the lower eyelid.

Eyelid Malposition Procedures

These procedures are typically used as correctives for previous eyelid procedures or to enhance structure prior to a blepharoplasty.

Eyelid Ptosis Surgery

These procedures alter the underlying structural support of the upper eyelid to move it into a more elevated position correcting drooping/sagging.

The Takeaway


We’ve all seen the before and after photos, and, while it might be hard to believe, an expert plastic surgeon can utilize one of the numerous cosmetic surgery upper eyelid and lower eyelid procedures to restore, enhance, and create your ideal eyelid appearance. These surgical procedures are safe, precise, and highly effective. With an eyelid surgery, being self-conscious or hiding behind your glasses is quickly and permanently a thing of the past.

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