I am 17 years old. Over the past few months in photos I have noticed my left eyelid drops considerable more than my right! Should I be concerned? what are my options? this has been going on since about August. Thats when I first noticed it and it wasn't that bad but I think its gotten worse. More and more people are noticing it now and I want to fix it. is it a health issue or just aging? I'm only 17 so if its aging how bad is it going to get?
One of My Eyelids is Dropping, What are My Options? (photo)
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Eyelid Asymmetry and treatment.
Your eyes are slightly asymmetric which is common. Leave them alone. No one notices this except you and you do Not need surgery! You can always find a surgeon ready to operate.
There are multiple anatomic abnormalities that can result in eyelid and facial asymmetry. These may include deformities of the orbital bones, eyelid soft tissue and eyebrows. In most cases, they are relatively minor, but in some cases, they may be severe and extremely noticeable. Depending upon the deformity, treatment may or may not be possible. Although it's hard to tell exactly what's going on from your pictures, I suspect you have boney orbital asymmetry. It appears that on the side of your droopy eyelid, you also have a depressed orbital rim and flattened cheekbone.
Asymmetry of the facial bones can be a major contributor to facial asymmetry. When this occurs, it's not unusual to have one side of the face that has a depressed orbital rim and flattened cheekbone and an eye that appears smaller than the opposite side. This can result in a droopy eyelid. These findings are often related to a condition called plagiocephaly.
When this situation arises, it's possible in some cases to disguise asymmetry. Unfortunately, it's not possible to correct this deformity without major surgery. In this case, a unilateral brow lift might be helpful. If you're considering treatment, it's important that you meet with a board certified plastic surgeon who can help you with this decision.
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Not your eyelid but your eyebrow
thank you for the photographs
one thing to feel great about is that you have beautiful features and an overall very attractive appearance. I agree with the other surgeons that it appears that you have some asymmetry of your facial bones and in particular the position of your left eye. That may be due to a difference in the size of the orbit or eye socket.
Get several consultations before proceeding with anything and I would consult with facial plastic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons.
I've attached a little information not because I believe you have ptosis but because I think you may find it helpful to see the differences between these patients and yourself.
Incidentally, since I see you live in Illinois one of the very best oculoplastic surgeons in the country is Stewart Farris, MD in Springfield Illinois
Chase Lay, MD
double board certified facial plastic surgeon
Eyelid assymetry may represent the shape of the bones underneath
Thak you for the pictures, a large proportion of people have assymetry of the face and you are now noticing it more than before. Your left eye socket is likely lower than the right.
- Because you say that it has been changing, I would recommend a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon or craniofacial surgeon .
- Your forehead movement, eyelid movement and eye movement can be checked.
- 3D photographs or a 3D CT scan can be helpful to determine just where the assymmetry is most prominent. Then, you can decide whether any surgery is worth it to you. Best Wishes
Although you may have very slight left upper eyelid ptosis, you have more prominent bony facial asymmetry with left side of face being smaller than the right, contributing to a lower brow position on the left side. There are nonsurgical and surgical options to help the asymmetry.
Drooping Eyelid at 17
Many people have some assymmetry in their faces and this stands out particularly in the eyes. The assymmetry you have is probably normal. I do not recommend surgery at this time. Continue to observe this over the next 3-6 months - photos are a great way to compare the changes. If you see that this is really changing, then I'd suggest a visit to your ophthalmologist (eye doctor who in an MD - not an optometrist) or find a locay oculo-plastic surgeon. Chances are you will not see any progression. Also - a recent eye infection in the left eye or trauma to that side may account for the droop you are now seeing.
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