What Causes Eyelids to Droop?

What Causes Eyelids to Droop?

If you want to turn back the hands of time and erase the unwanted signs of aging, you’re not alone. Glowing, youthful skin is often replaced with dullness and wrinkles as you get older. 

Crow's feet, droopy eyelids, and wrinkles around the eyes are among the most common and first signs of skin aging. With every laugh, smile, or blink, you stress the thin skin around the eye, which eventually produces wrinkles over time. Other things like genetics and lifestyle also play a crucial role in the appearance of wrinkles. 

To reduce fine lines and drooping eyelids, it’s helpful to know what’s causing the wrinkles so that you can adapt your own habits. Plus, Dr. Eric Mai at St. Louis Vein & Cosmetics offers non-invasive, non-surgical eyelid lifts for those seeking to regain the appearance of youthfulness. 

At our office, Dr. Mai uses a state-of-the-art treatment called SmoothEye®, a mode of the Fotona laser system. This procedure decreases visually noticeable signs of aging. You can’t freeze time, but it’s possible to prevent wrinkles around the eyes or hide them when they appear.

What causes eyelids to droop?

After a few years, not only do individual wrinkles develop into deep furrows, but the face also loses volume due to the weakening of the connective tissue.

Loss of collagen

Collagen and its elastin fibers prevent wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging. As you get older, your body stops creating as much collagen, and you may begin noticing a lack of skin firmness. Your body makes less collagen and elastin, and the skin cells divide more slowly, reducing firm skin and making sagging eyelids noticeable. 

Dry skin

Your sebaceous (oil) glands stop producing as much oil as you age. Men experience this to a minimal degree, while women gradually make less oil after menopause. This makes it challenging to keep your skin moist, making it dry and itchy. Dry skin shrinks plump skin cells, causing eye wrinkles.

Nutritional deficiencies

When the nutrient supply to your skin is reduced, it causes visible skin aging around the eyes and corners of the mouth. Adequate nutrients such as zinc, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants reduce collagen and elastin damage, supporting your skin and preventing wrinkles and other signs of aging.  

SmoothEye treatment

In only a few sessions with Dr. Mai, he can evaluate and treat:

With SmoothEye treatment, you can return to regular activities immediately while improving the structure and elasticity of your skin. 

Eyelid lift specialists

Radiantly beautiful eyes are simply part of a youthful, fresh look. However, the eyes are also a major area that makes aging evident. For help in restoring firm, wrinkle-free skin, call our specialists today. We’re happy to assist you in our Creve Coeur or South County offices.

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