What are droopy eyelids?

Droopy eyelids are medically known as ptosis, where the upper eyelid droops and sags downwards, covering the eye partially. Depending on the severity of the condition, droopy eyelids can cause vision disruption by obstructing the pupil. Unilateral ptosis affects one eye only while bilateral ptosis affects both eyes. 

While the risk of droopy eyelids increases with age, it may affect children as well as adults. 

What causes droopy eyelids?

Ptosis can be caused by trauma, age, or other medical disorders. It can also be congenital, meaning it is  present from birth. As opposed to congenital ptosis, those that develop later in life are called acquired ptosis. 

Rarely, ptosis can also be caused by a more severe underlying condition, such as a neuromuscular condition (myasthenia gravis), diabetes or an eye tumour. 

What are the symptoms of droopy eyelids?

The main symptom of droopy eyelids is the sagging of one or both eyelids, which may affect your vision. 

You may also experience: 

  • Dry eyes 
  • Watery eyes 
  • Eye strain
  • Having to tilt your head back in order to see 
  • Migraine headaches 

How do I correct droopy eyelids in Singapore?

There are invasive methods such as surgery, or non-invasive methods such as ultrasound tightening for droopy eyelid correction. Let us go through some of the pros and cons of these methods. 

Droopy Eyelid Correction Method How It Works Pros Cons
Invasive: Eyelid surgery
  • Also known as blepharoplasty.
  • Tightens the levator muscle that controls the eyelid to lift the eyelid up to the correct position.
  • May also involve removing excess skin, muscle and fat.
  • Improves vision
  • Excess skin is removed
  • Reduces puffiness of eyes
  • Scars are hidden in natural eyelid creases
  • Difficulty closing eyes
  • Dry and itchy eyes
  • Complications such as asymmetry, undercorrection, overcorrection, infection, bleeding.
  • Might need revision surgery if primary surgery doesn’t go as planned.
Non-invasive: Ultrasound devices – Ultherapy, Ultraformer III and Sofwave
  • Uses ultrasound heat. Targetst deep layers of the skin and connective tissue to stimulate collagen production which tightens and lifts skin.
  • The effects continue for several months after treatment.
  • No surgical risks
  • FDA-approved
  • Long-lasting, natural effects
  • No downtime
  • Mild soreness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
Minimally-invasive: Botox injections
  • When injected correctly, opposing muscles relax and help to lift the eyelid by about one to two millimetres.
  • It takes about 5-7 days for effects to be seen, and the full results appear after 2 weeks.
  • Can also reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • Minimal to no downtime
  • Quick results
  • Mild bruising, pain, redness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Temporary facial weakness

Droopy Eyelid Treatment in Singapore by Harmony Aesthetics


Energy-based Devices

Ultherapy, Ultraformer III and Sofwave are ultrasound technologies that can also be applied to skin over the brow bone, so as to improve hooding of the upper eyelids. Ultherapy is an FDA-approved non-invasive treatment that uses heat from ultrasound waves to stimulate production of collagen in the skin. It is a good non-surgical solution to improve the appearance of droopy eyelids. 


Botox Injectables

Botox injections give a temporary lift by relaxing the muscles of the eyelid, which makes the eyes look wider and less tired.