Face Issues: drooping brows and eyelids
Stress, sun exposure, aging and gravity all contribute to loss of skin elasticity, causing wrinkles and lines in the brow (forehead). Combined with drooping eyebrows, these forehead creases can make people appear older than they actually are, or tired, depressed or angry.
The older we get, the more likely it is that the tissue between the eyebrows and the upper eyelids will also begin to sag, particularly at the outer edges.
The lower lids may appear baggy or puffy, and the hollows beneath them may deepen. As we age, the amount of fat in our lower eyelids actually increases. The tissues and some of the muscles around the eyes weaken, allowing the normal fat inside the eyelids to droop.
Baggy lower eyelids are accentuated by the ‘tear trough’. Tear troughs are the hollows beneath the eyes; the grooves running along the junction between the lower eyelid and the cheek. The troughs usually deepen and widen as years go by, creating shadows that make the face look weary.
The eyebrows themselves also change; the hairs may lose color, lengthen and/or become sparser.
Forehead wrinkles, sagging upper eyelids, baggy lower eyelids, deep tear troughs, shadows under the eyes and sparse or asymmetrical eyebrows can be corrected by a number of techniques ranging from surgical to minimally invasive to non invasive.
These are discussed in more detail in the section on brow lifting, under ‘Face Therapy’, page 112 of ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin’.