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5 Treatments for Heavy Eyelids

Maybe your heavy eyelids are a recent thing, or perhaps you’ve had them for most of your life. Either way, there are plenty of options to look into when it comes to treating heavy lids so you can feel more confident and achieve your desired look.

Below, we’ll talk about what are considered heavy eyelids, the causes and five treatment options for you to consider.

What Are Heavy Eyelids?

Having heavy eyelids refers to the upper eyelid drooping, giving the appearance of being tired. But heavy eyelids also refers to blepharitis, a condition that causes itchy, swollen, and scaled skin on the eyelids. Similarly, dry eyes can make your eyes feel heavy and droopy.

No matter what type of heavy eyelid you’re experiencing, it can be uncomfortable and make you feel self conscious. However, there’s no need to put up with heavy eyelids that make you feel uncomfortable, regardless of the cause. So, let’s look at what causes this. 

What Causes Heavy Eyelids?

Many of us have experienced heavy eyelids when we’ve been extremely tired. But that’s not the only cause. Heavy eyelids can be a result of an underlying condition or genetics. There are many things that can come into play and can cause heavy eyes. 

Here is a list of some of the most common causes:

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • An underlying medical condition such as ptosis and dermatochalasis
  • Aging
  • Allergies
  • Genetics
  • Dry eye
  • Blepharitis

Before beginning any treatment for heavy eyelids, it is important to know what is causing it. Once you understand the cause, it is much easier to find the most suitable treatment for you. The first step is to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your heavy eyelids and the cause to find the best treatment for your condition.

5 Treatments for Heavy Eyelids

As with most things, there are a range of different types of treatments you can try for heavy eyelids. There are natural home remedies which can be cheap and easy to do. There are also surgical treatments that can be pricey with some risks involved. Many will look for the most natural option first, while others want the most proven method to work, no matter what it is. 

So, let’s go over 5 treatments for heavy eyelids, with a variety of options from which to choose.

Lifestyle Changes

Changing your lifestyle may have the least amount of barriers regarding cost, time, and risk factors. It’s often passed off as the ‘simplest’ way to make improvements or treat ailments. However, it can be the hardest treatment for many people to try if you’re looking for instant and quicker results. 

Making changes to your lifestyle can be difficult for many reasons. Mindset has to shift and so do daily routines and habits. But they’ve proven to be the most effective for many issues and heavy eyelids are one of them.

So, it may not feel like the easiest option for you, but it is the safest and the recommended place to start, especially if you want to save money.

Some lifestyle changes to include:

  • Getting more sleep – at least 8 hours a night
  • Drink more water – keep yourself as hydrated as possible
  • Reduce stress – try yoga, meditation, or something else relaxing that quiets your mind
  • Eating a balanced diet – be mindful of your consumption of junk food and try to increase your fruits and veggies

However, if heavy eyelids are caused by genetics or another condition, lifestyle changes may not be enough to improve them.

Natural Home Remedies

Natural remedies can get a bad rep for not working or for being too time-consuming. However, they can be extremely effective and a great option if you want to go the natural route. Any remedy that can be done at home is also favorable for a lot of people.

If you’re suffering from blepharitis, the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of black tea have been known to help symptoms. All you need to do is place a black teabag into boiling water and allow it to cool to a lukewarm temperature. Squeeze the water from the bag and place it on your closed eyelid for 10 minutes. 

Likewise, if you have dry eyes or suffer from allergies, purchasing some eye drops may be all you need. It’s important to consult with a physician before trying any at-home remedies to make sure they’re safe. 

Skincare Routine

It’s important to look after your skin and a good skincare routine can do wonders. So even if you aren’t suffering from heavy eyelids, taking care of your skin on a daily basis is recommended. It may even reduce your chance of getting it in the future. 

Many suffer from heavy eyelids due to aging of the skin, so choose products that reduce the signs of aging, specifically for the eye area. Skincare containing hyaluronic acid and collagen helps improve the skin’s elasticity and reduces wrinkles and sagging. 

You may find that a consistent routine of applying these products is enough to treat your heavy eyelids. You can also consult with a dermatologist to find the right products to add to your routine specifically for heavy eyelids.

Non-surgical Treatment

Maybe you’ve tried all of the treatments above and you want to know what your next option is. Non-surgical treatments are quick and can show almost instant results with less downtime and risk as surgical options.

Botox is a non-surgical option that blocks nerve signals that contract the facial muscles, paralyzing the muscle. Botox can make skin look smoother and help iron out wrinkles. It can be an effective treatment for droopy eyelids.

You can also opt for dermal fillers, which are substances injected into the skin. Dermal fillers can promote the production of collagen and improve skin elasticity to help with heavy eyelids.

Always speak to a professional and fully understand these types of treatments beforehand to make the right decision and get the best results for your case.


Finally, there’s the option of surgical treatments. Going down the surgical route isn’t something to take lightly and isn’t for everyone. You should always educate yourself and understand the risks involved. However, if your eyelids are heavy to the point that nothing else will work, the surgical route may be the best option for you.

Procedures such as an upper blepharoplasty are meant to re-contour the shape of the eyelids and directly target structural issues. Eye cream isn’t going to remove sagged skin, so a surgical procedure may be the only option for severe cases of heavy eyelids. Of course, the first step before deciding on a surgical procedure is to consult with a surgeon first.

Treating Heavy Eyelids: The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a treatment for heavy eyelids, the best place to start is by consulting with a professional to discuss your case, concerns, the desired outcome, and the best treatment options for you.

No matter which treatments you opt for, always do your research and ensure you understand what the treatment involves. And if you’d like to learn about what treatment options the professional at BLUSH provides for heavy eyelids, reach out to us to book a consultation today.