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Cosmetic Concern or Medical Issue?

As a consequence of aging, things start to, well, move. We develop jowls, our upper arms start sagging, and other parts of the body begin to head south. One particular area that is affected by aging and gravity is the eyelids. Drooping eyelids can be especially frustrating if they happen early on in life; while drooping eyelids is often an issue for those over the age of 60, it can develop at any age. If you're living with drooping eyelids and reading this, you have an option: call Dr. Alqulali and schedule a blepharoplasty procedure.

What Causes Drooping Eyelids?

The most common reason for drooping eyelids is that the muscle that holds them in place, known as the levator muscle, becomes stretched out. When this muscle stretches, eyelids begin to sag and droop. Other causes behind drooping eyelids can include an injury to the levator muscle, and in some cases, chronic illnesses such as:

  • Brain damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Cluster headaches
  • Lung cancer
  • Horner’s syndrome
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Microvascular cranial nerve palsy

Cosmetic Concern or Medical Issue?

Both. For most people, drooping eyelids are just a cosmetic concern because they can make a face look older than it really is. However, what starts as a cosmetic problem can turn into a significant safety issue. Over time, drooping eyelids can become severe, and if left untreated can interfere with vision, which can be especially dangerous while driving.

Can Drooping Eyelids Be Corrected?

Yes, they can, through a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty. The blepharoplasty procedure can tighten the levator muscles to lift drooping eyelids. The procedure can also be performed on the lower eyelids to remove excess skin and fat that may be pulling down lower lids.

Dr. Alqulali performs the blepharoplasty procedure and other cosmetic face and body procedures. Learn more about blepharoplasty and other services offered by Infinity Medical Group by calling 888-716-0559 today.

 

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