Ageing and the effects of gravity can wreak havoc on the skin, including those sensitive eyelids. Droopy eyelids can occur for a number of reasons, from excess skin to weak eyelid muscles. In addition to being a cosmetic problem, the condition can cause eye strain and interfere with vision. Remedies for droopy eyelids depend upon the underlying cause. It is important to talk with a physician about the best treatment options.
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Things you need
- 1 cold cucumber
Get your eyelids examined to assess the severity of the condition including how much the eyelids are drooping, muscle strength and eye movement.
Evaluate treatment options. Some treatments for droopy eyelids are more invasive than others. For example, although surgery can provide a permanent solution, alternative or non-invasive methods are temporary and pose less risk.
Meet with the plastic surgeon. Make sure the surgeon is certified and has experience with plastic surgery on the eyes.
Undergo eyelift surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. This procedure involves cutting away excess skin, fat and muscle from the eyelid.
Undergo ptosis surgery. Ptosis surgery corrects droopy eyelids that result from weak eyelid muscles or the abnormal position of the eyelid. This treatment option requires an extensive health evaluation to make sure that droopy eyelids are not caused by a stroke or neurological disorder such as Horner's syndrome.
Receive a brow lift to cure droopy eyes. A brow lift can be done through surgery and can occur at the same time a blepharoplasty is performed. Opt for a temporary and less-invasive solution with Botox injections.
Cover the eyes with cold cumbers slices, get at least 8 hours of sleep each night and refrain from rubbing the eyes, which can stretch the thin skin of the eyelid.
Tips and warnings
- Apply cucumber slices for at least 15 to 20 minutes on each eye. Cucumbers have astringent properties that reduces swelling.
- Eyelid plastic surgery takes at least 2 hours to complete, is done under local anaesthesia and occurs through outpatient services.
- Risks associated with surgery include infection, bruising, swelling, dry or irritated eyes, scarring, change in vision or temporary numbness.
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