Researchers get to the bottom of droopy eyelids
29 May 2014It’s no secret that sagging eyelids are closely associated with ageing – but researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands decided to go one step further, and seek out possible risk factors unrelated to the ageing process.Their results consisted of two different groups so they could assess genetic causes: 17.8 per cent of 5,578 unrelated participants with North European ancestry showcased moderate to severe droopy eyelids, while 61 per cent of 2,186 twin participants inherited their sagging eyelids. “The most common cause for sagging eyelids is genetics. By looking at your parents you will have a good indicator on whether or not you’ll develop large fat pads,” explained Dr Cameron Rokhsar, Cosmetic Surgeon and Professor of Dermatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Periorbital puffiness (or tissue swelling around the eye area) is a frequent occurrence that can be brought on as a result of oversleeping, alcohol use or a high-salt diet – regardless of gender or age. However, many embrace the notion that the swelling of lower eyelid fat is a natural part of ageing. Additionally, the study noted that being male, slightly older, having lighter skin tones as well as a higher body mass index (BMI) were all potential risk factors for droopy under-eye skin. So a person possessing a higher BMI will generally accumulate more fat as opposed to a person of a normal weight – meaning their under-eye fat pads are more likely to be larger and be more protruding. Thankfully, the Blepharoplasty procedure offers an effective approach for those looking to tighten the skin around the eyes. “Blepharoplasty is actually the only way to remove protruding fat pads, especially for those who are overweight and have an increase of fat,” Rokhsar added. Have you considered the idea of Blepharoplasty? Post your opinions on Facebook today!