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Droopy Eyelids
Droopy Eyelids

As you age, one of the first areas you’ll see change is in the delicate tissues around the eye. Your eyelids may droop as the muscles supporting them weaken. Remodelling of the bones that support the eye, and changes in the fat under the skin around the eye, also contribute.


There are both surgical and non-surgical options to help droopy eyelids. The best choice for you will depend on the amount of excess skin, and the severity of your under-eye bags.

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Non-surgical options

Botulinum Toxin (Botox® or Dysport®)
Tiny injections of Botox® or Dysport® under the brow, and into the crow’s feet, can release the downward pull of the muscle surrounding the eye, named “orbicularis oculi”. It’s possible to achieve a 1-2mm lift of the brow, smoothing out excess skin above the eye, resulting in a less baggy appearance of the upper eyelid.

Dermal Filler (Juvederm® or Restylane®)
For baggy skin above the eyelid, dermal filler placed in the temples and directly under the eyebrow can project the brow, taking up a small slack in the skin. Juvederm® Volift is a good choice of filler. This is an advanced technique, offered only by our most senior Appearance Medicine practitioners.

If the area under your eyes is a concern, dermal filler placed in your cheek, tear trough or even your temples can reduce hollowing under your eyes and disguise mild eye bags. If you are prone to fluid swelling under the eyes, your practitioner may suggest avoiding dermal filler in this area. Treating the tear trough is an advanced technique, only offered by our senior Appearance Medicine practitioners.

Surgical options

Can reshape your upper and lower eyelid. Excess skin can be removed or repositioned, and the surrounding muscles and tendons can be reinforced. Blepharoplasty can even improve impaired vision caused by droopy eyelids. It may be covered by insurance if certain criteria are met.

Why Skin Institute?

Feeling confident and looking the best you can are things we all aim for. Skin Institute has over twenty years of experience in skincare, and we pride ourselves on keeping at the forefront of developments in appearance medicine. Our expert teams are helping Kiwis across the country show the world their best face – and you could be one of them.

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