4 Reasons Why You Get Heavy Eyelids

Many people suffer from ptosis, also known as heavy eyelids, but don’t exactly know why. Maybe you feel like you’re getting enough sleep at night, yet you still look in the mirror and find your eyelids drooping, making you look exhausted.

However, lack of sleep isn’t the only reason for having heavy eyelids. Some of it is completely out of your control. If you feel this way, you’re not alone. We see this problem every day at Pure Touch Skin Center. Here are some of the most common causes of heavy eyelids.

1. Exhaustion

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Getting a good night’s rest affects so many important factors in your life, and droopy eyelids are one of them. You should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you’ve got heavy eyelids, there’s a good chance exhaustion is one of the causes.

2. Aging

The years eventually catch up to everyone, and aging is one of the natural reasons why people get heavy eyelids. Your eyelids have the thinnest skin on your entire body, and as you age, your skin loses its elasticity and isn’t able to bounce back quite the way it used to. Lack of collagen production is the reason for your skin not snapping back into place. Combine aging with sun exposure and eye rubbing, and you can end up with heavy eyelids.

3. Heredity

You might just be one of the lucky millions of people that had heavy eyelids passed down to them from their parents and grandparents. Unfortunately for you, there’s really no way you could have prevented this, as it was simply something you were born with.

4. Injury

If you’ve had an injury around your eye, the nerves that hold up your eyelids may have been weakened, which can cause them to be droopy and affect your vision.


Whether you’ve had heavy eyelids your entire life or have just recently started to get them, you don’t have to live with them if you don’t want to. There are a few methods to help improve your eyelids so they don’t drop down so low. If you don’t mind surgery, you can always have the excess skin removed to give them a tighter look.

However, if you’re looking for a non-invasive procedure for your heavy eyelids, our registered nurses at Pure Touch can improve them by using botox. You don’t have to suffer or be self-conscious anymore about your eyelids. If you’re interested in a free consultation, please contact us.