Eyelid Ptosis Correction
Eyelid ptosis can be caused by several reasons -- birth defect, aging, accidents, malfunction of the nervous system, etc. They may be affecting one side of the eye or both.
Ptosis results in drooping eye skin, which may impair vision, cause the eye lashes to point towards the pupils, or result in unnatural facial appearance due to the eyes not being symmetrical. The severity can range from a slight drooping of the eye to inability to open the eye.
A reconstructive operation on the eye muscle can correct this issue, and will allow the individual to open their eyes fully, and can be done at the same time as Upper Blepharoplasty as requested by the patient.
Individuals with eyelid ptosis
After applying anesthesia, the surgeon will cut open the upper eyelid skin until reaching the muscle layer, and remove/alter the muscle to the appropriate level. After this stage, the surgeon may also suture the eyelid fold if the individual would like to have double eyelids. The cut will then be closed.
Apply cold pack to the area during the first 3 days.
Clean the area daily, avoid contact with water until suture removal date.
Remove the suture on Day 7. Patient can wash his/her face and apply makeup.
Avoid sunlight exposure during the first 3 months.
The swelling will be less noticeable after 3-6 months.
The swelling period may last longer than for Upper Blepharoplasty.
How long will the change last?
The corrected eyelid may not be symmetrical to the “normal” side in case of unilateral ptosis.
In bilateral ptosis, the eyes may not be able to open as fully as a normal eye.