Sagging of the eyelids, also known as eyelid ptosis, is a cosmetic problem that can have medical causes or consequences. In the most extreme cases, it can hinder or block eyesight. A blepharoplasty surgery can correct sagging of the eyelids with a limited recovery. But, what causes droopy eyelids?

Among the two most common causes of eyelid sagging are age and genetics. Age related wrinkles, fat deposits, and gravity can simply cause the eyelids to droop or look heavy. Often, those who develop eyelid ptosis have a genetic predisposition to the condition. In these cases, there are no medical causes of the condition that can be managed in conjunction with blepharoplasty. 

While saggy eyelids can have major medical causes, most of the time it is due to medical conditions like dry eye, injury, eye infections, or certain inherited muscle diseases. Sometimes, when these conditions are properly treated, the sagging will correct on its own. Before coming to Dr. Santos, you should consult an optometrist to ensure that your eyelid ptosis is not caused by underlying problems.

When your eyelids sag due to age, genetics, or other situations that cannot be managed, blepharoplasty can correct sagging eyelids. Dr. Santos is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon experienced in eyelid surgeries. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-430-1035 or contact us online.