One of my eyes is more open than the other which makes my eyebrows look uneven. Do I Need Eyelid Surgery? (Photo)

How can I fix this?

Doctor Answers (7)

Fix uneven eyebrows

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  • There is a muscle that opens the upper lid called the levator palpebrae.
  • Your photo shows that the left levator palpebrae has probably stretched or detached from the eyelid cartilage,
  • There are many causes - from contacts and injury to medicines and inheritance. 
  • The result is a droopy lid and a higher brow - the brow is trying to open your eye.
  • See a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Oculoplastic Surgeon to asses the cause and the best surgical correction for you. Best wishes.


Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Left eyelid ptosis

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You have ptosis (drooping) of your left upper eyelid. Your left eyebrow is higher to compensate for it. There are many causes of ptosis. It can be something you have had since birth, or you may have developed a medical condition more recently that has caused the ptosis. Be sure that your doctor excludes other causes of ptosis that may need treatment. Otherwise, the eyelid itself can be treated with ptosis correction surgery.

Roy Ng, FRCS(Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
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Brow higher on eyelid ptosis side

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You have left upper eyelid ptosis (droopy) which causes the brow on that side to work harder to lift the eyelid, which means the brow is higher. Ptosis surgery is the likely solution. See an oculoplastic surgeon.

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This is not a very helpful photograph for deciding if you might benefit from eyelid surgery.

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Your photo really needs to show you looking straight ahead.  You probably have left upper eyelid ptosis with a less well defined crease.  A very precise anchor blepharoplasty with a component of ptosis surgery is needed to address this issue.  If that is the case, then yes, eyelid surgery is what you need.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
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Eyelid surgery

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Without a complete examination, it's very difficult to advise you. The eyelid is dynamic, and a thorough exam specifically looking at the range of motion of the lid as compared to the opposite side would be required. Based on the photo, it appears that you have some droopiness on the left vs. the right. This may require surgical correction, I suggest you consult either a plastic surgeon / ophthalmologist experienced in treatment of ptosis of the eyelid. Good luck.

Wilfred Brown, MD
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Ptosis

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Picture is really nearly impossible to read well.  You may have ptosis on the left side,  This can be corrected with surgery.  You are best served by seeing a plastoc surgeon or ophthalmologist about your condition.  A careful exam will give the diagnosis and best course of action.  My Best,  Dr C

George Commons, MD
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