Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Are you a candidate for ptosis correction surgery?

Ptosis is a condition that causes the upper eyelid to be droopy and covers part of the pupil. The droopy eyes makes a person look tired or sleepy, so ptosis correction surgery is required.

How to know if you are a candidate for ptosis correction surgery?

With the example below, her whole pupil is not visible on both eyes. Moreover, the level of droopiness varies in both her eyes.

She needs not only ptosis correction surgery, but additional blepharoplasty (double eyelid surgery) in order to remove the excess skin and fat in her eyelids.

There are many types of ptosis correction surgery, but if it is a cosmetic surgery, then the weakened levator muscles (levator aponeurosis) are the cause of the drooping eyelids.

The levator muscles are used to raise the eyelid, so when the muscles are weak, the eyes cannot be opened completely. A person could be born with weak levator muscles or the muscles can weaken due to age. Children who have ptosis tilt their heads backwards to be able to see well. This does not solve the problem.

If left untreated, as is the case with many patients, the forehead muscles are used to lift the eyes, which can cause a lot of strain, and wrinkles in the forehead area with time.

Surgery may be performed along with blepharoplasty, to get rid of the excess skin and fat, and have a proportional eyelid crease.

For patients who have ptosis, but prefer to have double eyelid surgery only, the results will not be satisfactory. The ptosis correction surgery is necessary to resolve the eyelid droopiness.

The ptosis level is determined by the distance between eyelid and pupil. For mild ptosis cases, non-incision surgery may be possible but for severe ptosis cases incisional surgery is recommended.

The surgeon has to examine you in person to know the ptosis level and surgery plan to correct it.

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