How to Fix Droopy Eyelids Without Surgery: Excellent Alternatives

October 18, 2018 7:48 pm Leave your thoughts

We’ve all heard the quote, “The eyes are windows to the soul.” So, what are your eyes saying? Unfortunately, if you’re suffering from droopy eyelids, your eyes may be communicating that you’re tired, sad, or aged beyond your years. Now is the perfect time to bring the twinkle back into your beautiful eyes!

Wondering how you can fix those droopy eyelids? The good news is that not everyone who wants eyelid rejuvenation needs surgery to create a visible difference. Read on for non-surgical options to improve your look and feel revitalized.

Droopy Eyelid Causes

There are a variety of reasons eyelids can become droopy. This can happen in one or both eyelids.

  1. Muscle Weakening or Fat Loss: the appearance of droopy eyelids may result due to the weakening of the muscle that elevates your eyelid. Another reason is due to the loss of fat beneath the brow. These issues can become slightly worse as we age because the fatty tissue under our brows shrinks or deflates as we get older.
  2. Ptosis is a condition that makes the edge of your eyelid (where the lashes are) hang too low on your eye.
  3. Dermatochalasis is when extra eyelid skin or excess eyelid fat is hanging over the front of the eyelid.

The right treatment can make all the difference! It’s essential to consult with a qualified physician to diagnose your specific condition to receive professional, better quality results. When you have eyelid rejuvenation (or any facial rejuvenation) the purpose should be that your results look natural. A light-handed approach is the best approach and the goal is for you to look refreshed, not like you’ve had a procedure done.



Botox truly started a revolution in cosmetic surgery. Botox can be used to raise the brow and, in turn, raise droopy eyelids due to the sagging eyebrow muscles. Botox can help fix sagging upper eyelids by relaxing the muscles that pull down on your brows when your face is at rest. Once Botox is administered, your brows are free to rise slightly to a more aesthetically-pleasing position, lifting your sagging eyelid skin with them. When brows sit higher, they naturally raise the sagging skin hanging over a patient’s eyes.

How well this treatment works depends on how much hooding a patient is experiencing, as well as the amount that the brows can be lifted.

Botox treatments are fast and easy. There’s no downtime for this procedure. While some people see immediate results from Botox, it can take up to two weeks to see the full effect.


Often brows become droopy because of a loss of fat underneath your brow. In those cases, a filler such as Restylane or Juvederm is the best treatment. This gives eyelids the natural fullness they once had, which then lifts the eyelids slightly and makes them look more like they did when you were younger.

These safe and popular fillers usually last about 9-12 months; all while helping your skin build collagen and elastin. Treatments take about 15 minutes to administer, and you will see immediate results with minimal to no recovery time.

Restylane and Restylane Defyne

Restylane is an FDA approved dermal filler used to give the face youthful contours. It was the first hyaluronic acid filler approved for cosmetic use in the U.S. in 2003, and it has been successfully used in millions of treatments across the world.


Juvederm is also a crystal-clear injectable gel composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a “water-loving” molecule found naturally in the human body. Hyaluronic acid keeps skin full and hydrated.

These treatments are always performed personally by Dr. Marc Cohen or Dr. Nancy Swartz, never a nurse or assistant. When you leave our office, often, no one can tell that you’ve just had the procedure done. The problem areas treated will gradually improve within a few days. However, you should wait a full two weeks to be sure that you have obtained the full result.


Drs. Cohen and Swartz use tiny needles to minimize pain and discomfort during and after treatment. Most patients report only slight discomfort during the procedure.

While some cases of droopy eyelids can be improved non-surgically, there are cases when surgical intervention is necessary. Surgical options include upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery or eye bag surgery to rejuvenate your eye area.

Cosmetic improvements are an important decision. Get to know us by reading our patient testimonials. Ready to schedule a consultation? Contact our office to begin your journey to eyelid rejuvenation!

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