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How to Lift Droopy Eyelids

Often I get variations of this question: I wish you’d find a solution for droopy eyes, Tonya. My eyes were big and beautiful when I was young, and I got lots of compliments. Now, in my late forties, I feel like I have droopy, swollen, smaller eyes. I wish there were a product that could tighten my eyelid skin. Will beets help this, beyond their help with eye bags? 

Causes…The condition of droopy eyelids has a fancy technical name: ptosis. It’s generally linked with age-related sagging of the muscles holding up the eyelids. Less commonly, ptosis can be a birth defect or the result of nerve damage. Newer on the scene as a cause of ptosis: Botox—though that’s usually temporary ptosis. This damage can take as much as 6 months for the eyelids’ drooping to disappear.

The most common type of ptosis is age-related. Here, the levator muscle, which lifts the eyelid, weakens with age, causing the eyelid to fall.

Solutions…Plastic surgery offers two options. In one, the surgeon tightens the levator muscle, lifting the eyelid into a higher position. In another, the “sling” operation, forehead muscles are used to elevate the eyelids. As to cost, figure on $3,500.00 per upper lid, more if lower lids are operated on. Swelling takes an average of two-to-three months to subside, and “bumpy” incisions are often reported, which take much longer to heal, some never fully healing.

Mechanical solutions include glasses with “eye crutches.” These take highly skilled craftsmanship. The crutch is a bar placed along the inside of a frame that supports the drooping eyelid. The crutch is positioned where the orbital fold would typically be without ptosis. The crutch creates a fold above the eye, tucking the lid in, raising it just above the pupil. If these crutches aren’t very exactly fitted, they can be extremely uncomfortable. Users typically can’t blink completely, leading to dry eyes and the need for eye drops. Bacterial growth and possible infection are also among the risks.

The role of raw foods…In 1997 I was 39. My face had begun to show some age-related changes. A sallow complexion. Large pores. Puffiness. Most upsetting: My upper lids started to drape over my eyes, giving me the dreaded hooded appearance. Just like my correspondent's, my eyes had become smaller, surrounded by puffy flesh. That very year, I started out on raw foods.

Within months, all these things began to change. So impressed was I by what was happening to my face and body that I felt compelled to write a book about the experience. Raw foods quite literally were transforming my face, bringing the feeling of attractiveness I’d never felt even when I was younger. It’s a feeling every woman wants, every woman has a right to. So I titled the book Your Right to be Beautiful

Your Right to Be Beautiful

The Miracle of Raw Foods

Here is an excerpt from this book: “Feeding your body raw food will make eyes, once sunken in bulbous flesh, look larger and rounder by eliminating the surrounding puffiness and by firming the eyelids. Eyebrows that were beginning to form an awning over the eyes will regain their youthful arch.”

Raw foods have helped me to firm my eyelids. This has been the most impressive of all the numerous improvements I’ve experienced. The best thing: Twenty years later my old drooping eye lids haven’t reappeared.

Just one of many good things that will happen when you significantly improve your diet. In my books, this means eating predominantly or exclusively raw. Your skin becomes more supple, your face firms, and the loose or excess skin around your eyes will likely tighten.

But there’re a few more things I do to keep the area around my eyes looking youthful...

Facial Exercises

An all-natural way to relieve droopy eyelids is through facial exercises. Your eyelids are part of a muscle ring around the eye. There are a few exercises for droopy eyelids that can tone your eyelid muscles.

Beets in your juice…Include 1 small beet in your morning juice. It creates a powerful cleansing effect on your liver—a valuable remedy, since a liver’s poor functioning is often the cause for eyes bags. More information in Beet Juice Benefits: Eye Bag Remedy.

Bamboo Charcoal Under-Eye Patches

To look youthful, you need also to take care of the under-eye area. Often eye bags, under eye puffiness, and creases need extra help. Bamboo Charcoal Under-Eye Liners can help. Activated charcoal is the main ingredient.  It pulls our toxins, quickly improving the look of your under-eyes.

Under-Eye WrinkAlign

Facial liners for a wrinkle-free face.