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3 Causes of “Heavy Eyelids” – Early Signs of Aging


Heavy eyelids can be one of the most frustrating, un-wanted physical characteristics. Even when you’ve slept for a solid 8 hours, had plenty of water, and rested with cucumber slices over your eyes, heavy eyelids sometimes just won’t go away.

Unfortunately, for some people, this means the early signs of aging are starting to show.

Here, Dr. Waltzman of Waltzman Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery discusses why the eyelids begin to look heavy and what you can do to fix this common early sign of aging.

1.     Skin Losing its Elasticity

Youthful skin gets its firm, smooth texture from the elastic properties offered by structural proteins such as collagen. As we age, particularly with excessive sun exposure, the eyelids’ thin skin begins to lose this collagen and starts to stretch. This leads to the folding of the eyelids and excess skin hanging down over the upper eyelids.

2.     Weaker Muscles Surrounding the Eyes

As we enter our late 30s’ and early 40s’, decades of using the delicate muscles that control the features surrounding our eyes cause these muscles to lose strength. With these muscles gradually receding, fatty tissue starts t show through, and the area loses volume, which can create a sunken and heavy appearance.

3.     Formation of Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Repeated small and rapid muscle movements surrounding the eyes lead to fine lines and wrinkles forming around and between the eyes relatively early. These extra lines contribute towards a tired or heavy appearance and are a sure sign of early aging.

What Options Do You Have?

There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments available to treat heavy eyelids. For those wanting a more comprehensive, longer-lasting solution, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, offers a permanent solution.

For other patients—who are perhaps a bit younger and show minimal signs of aging that aren’t quite as pronounced—non-invasive treatments such as dermal fillers can volumize and rejuvenate heavy eyelids.

Reach out to Dr. Waltzman in Long Beach, CA, to have a proper discussion about your aesthetic goals by calling 562 448 6100 or filling out his online form today.

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