My eyes weren't always uneven. I did something stupid 6 yrs ago and wore one contact on my right eye for a couple of months. My left eyelid drooped, and my left eye looked smaller than my right eye. Is there anything I can do to make my eyes even again? Brow lift? Laser blepharoplasty?
How Can I Fix One Drooping Eye?
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Droop Eyelid Following Contact Lens Use
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This is a complicated question to answer without...
This is a complicated question to answer without examining you, as the options for correction of this problem include blepharoplasty, browlift, or even a ptosis procedure (a procedure for a droopy lid). The best advice I can give you is to seek out a plastic surgeon in your area that is familiar and comfortable with eyelid surgery so that he or she can give you the best options for correction, as the eyelids are best corrected at the first procedure. Second opinions are also a good idea in situations such as these-- remember it's your eyes we're talking about, so find the surgeon you're the most comfortable with.
A droopy eyelid can be caused by various things.
1. Nerve: nerve damage can cause a droopy eyelid
2. contacts: contact lens wearers can weaken the muscles that lift their eyelids and cause them to droopy
3. Age: Sometimes the muscle that lifts the eyelid can become weak over time
4. Mechanical: If there is a stye or bump on the eyelid from a growth that can weigh down the eyelid and make it droopy
5. Medication: Various medicines but most commonly botox if injected near the eyelid can cause it to become droopy. This wears away with time
6. Allergic reaction: In patients who have eye allergies or even contact lens related allergies, an eyelid can be droopy
The best bet is to see an ophthalmic or oculoplastic plastic surgeon to get this sorted out.
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Eyelid Surgery vs. a Brow Lift
We all have some degree of facial asymmetry, and while I can’t speak to the cause of your specific concerns based on the information available, factors like genetics, sun exposure, and the natural aging process can all affect facial appearance. Determining how to resolve or improve your drooping eyelid will depend on its cause, which can be evaluated during an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like myself. However, here is a brief overview of the most likely possibilities:
· If the drooping is caused by excess skin on your eyelid (which is often a combination of heredity and aging), the best course of action will probably be blepharoplasty, or cosmetic eyelid surgery. Using a subtle and discrete incision in the natural crease of your eyelid, this procedure involves removing excess sagging skin in order to resolve the “hooded” appearance. In most patients, this produces highly long-term results, and it often only needs to be performed once.
· If, on the other hand, the drooping is caused by laxity in the muscle and/or skin of the left side of your forehead, a brow lift will likely be the better option. Just as its name sounds, a brow lift (or forehead lift) involves lifting sagging skin throughout the forehead, as well as repairing the underlying muscles to offer a firmer and more youthful yet natural look.
I’m glad to see that you’re starting by learning about your options. Just keep in mind that your best source of information will be a consultation with a plastic surgeon (or multiple plastic surgeons) who has directly examined your eyelid and forehead, so that they can make a personal recommendation tailored to your specific needs. Be sure to look for a surgeon who is “board-certified in plastic surgery.” Best of luck!
So we would need to do a good physical exam to see if this is a ptosis problem. Ptosis means there is a problem with the muscle, nerves, or the attachment of the muscle that lifts the upper lid. Contacts are a known problem that can cause detachment of the upper lid muscle that lifts the lid. This can be reattached if that is the case.
Every person has facial asymmetries if you look closely so it could also be a baseline issue that you just started to notice now that you were paying very close attention. Old photos can help to determine that.
Ptosis is a dynamic process so we need to see you raise and close both eyes while measuring some lid and pupil marks.
Hope this helps.
Best of luck.
Unilateral eyelid drooping
Old posting but still relevant question. In my practice, contact lens wear is the most common cause of eyelid ptosis (drooping) in those under 60 years of age. In your case I would advise discontinuing the contact lens and see if the lid elevates. There could be reversible causes to your ptosis, such as lid inflammation. If the lid stays low see an oculoplastic surgeon experienced in ptosis surgery. Insurance may cover the procedure. Cheers and good luck!
There are many causes of eyelid asymmetry, which can include trauma, aging changes, congenital ptosis, brow position to name a few. I would recommend a consultation with an experienced eyelid surgery to properly examine you. There are several options for repair of eyelid ptosis or asymmetry.
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