Drooping Eyes

Droopy eyes can develop for a number of reasons throughout your life. The medical term given to droopy eyelids is ptosis, and is generally used when referring to the natural decline of muscle elasticity around the eyes – specifically in the muscles that hold the eyelids up and keep them taut.

While age-related muscle concerns affect almost everyone, droopy eyes can occur through over-exposure to the sun, nerve damage to the muscles around the eye area and, occasionally, specific injuries or diseases and illness that affect the eye area.

Problems caused by droopy eyes

The problems associated with droopy eyes can be incredibly varied. In its early stages, ptosis may be little more than a concerning aesthetic issue, whereas if left untreated this can develop into a greater and more inhibiting concern, such as impaired vision. In severe cases, droopy eyelids can force some to tilt their head back simply to see, navigate their way around while walking, or hold a conversation. The unnecessary effort, combined with the repetitive strain of neck movement, can cause serious discomfort for many.

From an aesthetic point of view, droopy eyes can cause some concern about their physical appearance. As the eyelids begin to droop, they can create a dark, sagging appearance in the upper part of the face, and further exacerbate bags under the eyes as well. Combined, these issues can lead to a feeling of looking old or tired.

Benefits to treating droopy eyes

Addressing problems with droopy eyes can both improve vision and provide an incredible confidence boost. Whether you’re looking at treatment for cosmetic reasons or due to functional concerns, people describe treatment helps them

  • To look and feel better
  • Improve their vision
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence

At Palm Clinic, we discuss treatment options openly with our clients. We’ve heard every concern and worry there is around growing older and we strive to break down the stigma around cosmetic treatments.

Surgical and non-surgical treatments

Often our clients prefer a non-surgical, subtle improvement to their droopy eyes. This can often be achieved with the use of BOTOX and dermal fillers. The BOTOX removes the downward pull on the eyebrows and eyelids and Dermal Fillers can help support the brow, lifting the brow and lids up.

When you need a little more help, Blepharoplasty is a common, minimally invasive surgery to remove excess or saggy eyelid skin and the underlying tissue, creating a more youthful, open-eyed result. You can read more about blepharoplasty on our individual treatment page.

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Botox®  is a prescription medicine for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet round the eyes. Botox® has risks and benefits. Ask your doctor if Botox is right for you. If you have side effects, see your doctor. You will need to pay for Botox® and clinic fees will apply. For details on precautions & side effects consult your healthcare professional or the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at www.medsafe.govt.nz. Botox® treatment lasts about 4 months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Should only be administered by trained medical professionals.(Contains botulinum toxin A 50,100 & 200 units). Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.

Juvederm Ultra™ & Juvederm Ultra Plus™ are medical devices Class III for the filling of medium size and deep facial wrinkles by injection into the skin and for creating definition and volume in the lips. Contains 24mg/mL. cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Juvederm has risks and benefits. Cautions: Use in an area that has been treated with another dermal filler, people with autoimmune disease, or who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18 years of age or have an increased susceptibility to keloid formation and hypertrophic scarring. People on blood thinning medicines. Possible side effects: injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling, itching/pain on pressure) induration or nodules; discolouration; weak filling effect. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Product and treatment costs will apply. Note: Juvederm treatment lasts about 12-24 months. For product information check with your doctor or product information at Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.      

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