Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the area surrounding the eyes by tightening and lifting the eyelid skin. Drooping eyelids can be genetic, or they can develop as part of the aging process. A recent study, however, suggests that there may be a connection between contact lenses and eyelid sagging.
The Biggest Culprit of Sagging Eyelids
The study compared the amount of sagging in the upper eyelids in sets of identical twins with different lifestyle variables. Surprisingly, some of the most commonly purported causes of eyelid sagging, such as smoking, sun exposure, work-related stress and sleep, did not cause significant differences in ptosis.
Instead, the biggest culprit of eyelid sagging was the use of contact lenses. Individuals who wore contact lenses were found to experience significantly greater degrees of upper eyelid sagging than those who did not.
A bit of sagging in your upper eyelids may not seem like something to worry about, but anyone who suffers from noticeable eyelid ptosis will likely tell you otherwise. Eyelid sagging can make you appear aged beyond your years or cause you to look permanently tired. When the eyes are the first thing that most people notice about you, eyelid sagging can make you feel less confident about your appearance.
How Eyelid Surgery Can Help
Upper blepharoplasty lifts the skin of the upper e
elids and gently tightens the underlying musculature to provide better eyelid support. The fatty tissue surrounding your upper eye area can be reallocated to create a more youthful appearance before the eyelid skin is tightened and any excess is removed. By tightening and toning the upper eyelids to improve sagging, eyelid surgery can create a refreshed, alert appearance.