Over the years, especially after age 40, the skin surrounding the eyes begins to lose its elasticity, causing the fat pads under the eyes to be more prominent.
This is generally referred to as eyelid drooping. While most cases are due to old age, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this condition can also be caused by a tumor forming around or behind the eye, diabetes, Horner syndrome (a disorder that affects the nerves that go through the eye and face), myasthenia gravis (a neuromuscular disorder), stroke or swelling in the eyelid such as with a stye.
As the website of the Clofán Clinic in Medellín explains, “Eyelids are structures that serve to protect the eyes and help keep them lubricated to stay shiny and comfortable. The skin of the eyelid is very thin and consists of just a few layers of skin that store fat and surround the eye to shield it. Genetic factors may predispose people to developing these conditions at an earlier age, which is known as ‘dermatochalasis.’”
To correct this condition, patients may seek out a surgery called a blepharoplasty, which is a process in which the excess skin and fat bags are removed.
While this is a low-risk surgery, special care should be taken within the 15 days following the operation. During this time, humid climates should be avoided, and the time spent in front of the screen should be limited.