What is Ptosis and How Can You Correct It?

Droopy eyelids are not just an aesthetic issue; they could also impair your vision. Besides, contrary to what many might presume, they affect both adults and kids. Certified oculofacial plastic and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Dustin Heringer of Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgeon offers professional ptosis repair to both women and men across the Arizona community. If ptosis in Peoria disrupts your vision or impacts self-confidence, arrange an appointment with Dr. Heringer through mobile or book online today. 

What Exactly is Ptosis?

Ptosis occurs whenever the upper eyelid droops or falls. The lid might droop just a little or completely cover the pupil.

Ptosis could make it difficult for some individuals to maintain their eyelids completely open, causing the condition to impede or even block peripheral vision. To counteract the droopy eyelids, some patients may arch and elevate their brows.

Unfortunately, the drooping may be exacerbated once the muscles are exhausted from being awake for a long time. Ptosis could obstruct eyesight or cause embarrassment owing to its look.

What is the Cause of Ptosis?

There are various causes of ptosis, including age-related muscular weakening, congenital insufficiency, and injury. Nevertheless, the most prevalent type of ptosis happens with aging when the tendon that connects the levator muscle stretches and causes the eyelid to drop.

For some, ptosis happens after normal cataract surgery due to tendon and muscle stretching. Whereas in kids, ptosis could be present at birth.

Who is a Good Candidate for Ptosis Surgery?

Most patients with ptosis are favorable candidates for surgery. So long as the patient is healthy and the eyelid is in good shape, the ptosis could be addressed surgically.

However, patients with mild to serious dry eyes are not ideal for ptosis surgery, as raising the eyelid position could exacerbate dry eye problems. Other conditions that might exclude you as a fine fit for ptosis surgical repair include:

  •         Tumors behind or around the eye
  •         Eyelid swelling
  •         Diabetes
  •         Myasthenia gravis
  •         Stroke
  •         Horner syndrome

Once a patient sets foot at Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Heringer will examine their eyes for these concerns. If deemed a fine fit for the procedure, he will discuss your procedure’s particulars and the expected outcomes.

What to Expect with Ptosis Surgery?

Ptosis repair surgery is complicated, and only oculoplastic surgeons are qualified to perform it rather than generic plastic surgeons. The operation only takes around an hour. After that, there is virtually little discomfort- only Tylenol is required.

Dr. Heringer performs the procedure using monitored anesthesia. Most patients describe the experience as a wonderfully comfortable nap from which they awaken instantly. You might experience slight bruising that clears after several days or a week. The stitches will also dissolve; hence, you do not need a follow-up procedure to remove them.

Nonetheless, you should note that completely recovering from this surgical treatment could take a while. Dr. Heringer advises that you take about a week off to relax. You should avoid lifting heavy things and engaging in strenuous exercise during this time. Women should also refrain from wearing make-up near their eyes for about two weeks after their procedure.

Does ptosis disrupt your vision or make you more self-conscious about your look? Whether it is you or your kid, Dr. Heringer can help. Call Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgeon or use the online booking feature to schedule an initial consultation for ptosis surgical repair.