Droopy Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty or Ptosis Repair?

Droopy eyelids can be caused by a droopy brow (Brow ptosis), extra skin above the eyes (dermatochalasis), or a weak muscle (ptosis). An oculoplastic surgeon can fix each of these problems to restore the natural function and appearance of the eyes.

Brow ptosis is an aging-related change of the tissues above the eyes that cause the brows to hang below the rim of bone where they are normally positioned. A brow lift is a functional or cosmetic procedure that restores the youthful shape and location of the eyebrows. There are many different techniques for brow ptosis repair, so a consultant with an oculoplastic surgeon is necessary to determine which is tight for each patient.

Dermatochalasis or extra eyelid skin can be corrected with a procedure known as blepharoplasty. With this type of surgery, incisions are hidden in the natural creases of the eyelid to ensure a youthful result. Enough skin is left behind do that the eyelid can still open and close normally.

Eyelid ptosis is a procedure that strengthens a weak eyelid muscle to restore its natural look and function. Depending on the degree of ptosis, the surgery can be performed with hidden incisions on either the back of the eyelid or in the eyelid crease.

An oculoplastic surgeon can determine which of these procedures is necessary to fix a droopy eyelid.

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