What Causes Droopy Eyelids? Three Possible Factors

What Causes Droopy Eyelids? Three Possible Factors

what causes droopy eyelids

Droopy eyelids are a common experience for many individuals, often due to factors such as a lack of sleep or exposure to allergens. These are usually temporary and will resolve on their own. However, for some, heavy eyelids can be chronic and lead to impaired eyesight, feelings of exhaustion, and insecurity.

In most cases, the causes of heavy eyelids are not serious and result from benign conditions, genetics, or aging. Home remedies can effectively address the issue, but some may choose to seek aesthetic medicine or cosmetic surgery for severe cases.

The right treatment options depend on the cause of droopy eyelids. At GoodSkin, our professional team works with each client to create a personalized treatment plan based on the aging process. This plan includes a diagnosis and how to achieve the most natural, untouched look. Droopy eyelids can worsen as we age and skin loses elasticity, but they can be treated with the right techniques depending on the cause.

  1. Genetics

Droopy eyelids, also known as ptosis, can be caused by various factors, including genetics. In some cases, the condition is present at birth and may run in the family.

Ptosis caused by genetics is usually due to a weakness or malformation of the muscles that control the eyelids. These muscles are responsible for lifting the eyelids; if they are not strong enough, they may droop. The condition can also be caused by a problem with the nerves that control these muscles.

Several genetic conditions can lead to ptosis. One such condition is congenital myasthenic syndrome, which affects the neuromuscular junctions that allow nerves to communicate with muscles. Another condition is myotonic dystrophy, which is a type of muscular dystrophy that affects the muscles and can cause weakness.

Ptosis itself may be genetic, but sagging skin can also be inherited. This may cause the appearance of droopy eyelids but be unrelated to other genetic conditions. If heavier eyelids or looser skin in that area runs in the family, you may want to look at more permanent solutions should you choose to change your eyelids.

  1. Age

The older we get, the more skin loses its elasticity, resulting in various age-related changes, including wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. This loss of elasticity can also contribute to the development of droopy eyelids.

Additionally, lifestyle factors such as frequent sun exposure, smoking, and excessive eye rubbing can accelerate the effects of aging on the skin and exacerbate the appearance of droopy eyelids.

Maintaining a consistent skincare routine throughout your life is important to help mitigate the effects of aging on your skin. This can include protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays, avoiding smoking, and using gentle skincare products that are specifically formulated for the delicate skin around the eyes. The team at GoodSkin has been trained to recommend ideal skincare products depending on client needs. These products are often used in tandem with a treatment plan to help restore natural and healthy skin.

  1. Medical Conditions

Chronic heavy eyelids can be caused by two medical conditions: ptosis and dermatochalasis. They also could result from serious conditions like a stroke or cancer.

Ptosis is a condition that affects the ability of the upper eyelid to open fully, which can sometimes lead to vision impairment. Although usually not a serious medical condition, ptosis can sometimes indicate an underlying muscle disease or neurological disorder. It is important to consult a doctor if you experience other symptoms, such as memory loss, shakiness, or muscle spasms.

Dermatochalasis is a condition that involves excess skin around the eyelid, which tends to worsen with age and is more commonly found in individuals over 50 years of age. However, it can occur in younger people as well.

Ptosis and dermatochalasis may make it more difficult to use temporary solutions to eliminate droopy eyelids entirely. Below are various options that might help, depending on the cause of heavy eyelids.

Treatment Options

Droopy eyelids aren’t something you simply have to accept. If you do not like the appearance or they make it more difficult to see long-term, you can find treatment options. Some of these help more temporarily, while others can be permanent. The right treatment will depend on the cause of the droopy eyelids and what option you feel most comfortable with.

Working with an experienced team, like the staff at GoodSkin, can help you find the best solution. GoodSkin is founded on helping clients achieve an untouched, natural look that allows them to feel confident. A wide variety of services are available, including those to help with droopy eyelids. The best choice of treatment for droopy eyelids will depend on the cause and diagnosis and the healthy aging plan.


Medical options tend to be best for those looking for permanent solutions to droopy eyelids. If you have been struggling for a while, these may help reduce and reshape your eyelids.

Brow Lift

By using the appropriate structural filler at the correct depth, our Filler Brow Lift treatment can effectively address heavy brows and drooping eyelids. We may recommend a combination of filler and Botox muscle retraining for the most durable and effective results.


At Goodskin, we combine our European aesthetic with preventive science in our Botox technique. Our goal is not just to erase wrinkles but to enhance lift and symmetry. We achieve this by selectively targeting and relaxing the overactive muscles that pull down the face, thereby improving their anatomy and producing longer-lasting lift. We strategically preserve some small wrinkles in carefully chosen areas to maintain a natural and lively appearance.

For droopy eyelids, a few Botox options may be especially beneficial. Cateye Botox aims to achieve maximum lift in a smaller area and effectively target the eye muscle's downward portion through a specialized dilution technique along the tail of the brows. Botox ptosis corrects uneven eyes and improves facial symmetry while lifting and smoothing.


Medical intervention may not be necessary in minor cases of drooping eyelids as symptoms can improve with simpler treatments. However, it is important to consult with professionals before utilizing products on sensitive areas like the eyes and eyelids.

The GoodSkin staff have undergone extensive training to understand different skin issues and find the appropriate solutions for treatment, including which skincare products will work well. They have completed the rigorous GoodSkin x Biologique Skin Care Academy and can perform skin ID analyses using NASA technology to evaluate different skin aspects.

Facial skin health can be improved with products containing collagen and hyaluronic acid. A consultation with our team at GoodSkin will provide you with a comprehensive plan for aging gracefully and maintaining healthy skin.


If heavy eyelids are causing vision problems or severe discomfort, cosmetic surgery may be a viable option to correct the issue. The most common surgical approach to address heavy eyelids is blepharoplasty, which involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper and lower lids.

Eyes Open

Although heavy eyelids can occasionally indicate a serious medical condition, in most cases, the causes are harmless. Genetics, aging, and minor medical conditions can all contribute to excess skin around the eyelids, leading to drooping. Nonetheless, heavy eyelids can still significantly impact individuals, particularly if they cause vision problems.

Droopy eyelids may also make people self-conscious and concerned about their appearance. And while there is nothing wrong with having more skin around the eyes, several treatment options are available to improve heavy eyelids if needed.

Working with a trained team of professionals who can help you find the ideal solution is the best and safest way to receive treatment. GoodSkin is made up of a professional team with over ten years of experience helping people achieve a natural, healthy look. If you are considering treatment, contact us to discuss your options and plan a brighter-looking future today.

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