Ptosis repair is a procedure to elevate droopy eyelids. Ptosis is defined as drooping of the upper lid, partly covering the pupil. It not only might have an affect on eye appearance but also can cause a problem with vision. Ptosis repair involves tightening or shortening the eyelid muscle so that it can once again lift and open the upper eyelid adequately. Ptosis can sometimes happen after cataract surgery.
Ptosis repair is similar to blepharoplasty and both can be done by ophthalmologists. The main difference is that blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery which can just enhance the appearance of the eyelid, but ptosis repair is considered to be medically necessary to improve vision.
Ptosis surgery is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. There are two approaches to perform this surgery.
The most common type is by opening the skin of the upper eyelid. The surgeon then finds the small muscle that raises the eyelid and then places stitches to tighten this muscle and raise the eyelid. The incisions will then be closed with more stitches.
The surgery can be performed entirely from underneath the eyelid. In this case, the surgeon flips the eyelid and tighten the muscle from underneath. No skin incision is required for this approach.
The patient should have another meeting with the surgeon about a week after the surgery to remove the sutures. Full recovery might take up to three months.
Ptosis is a condition of having droopy upper eyelid. The condition can be treated with ptosis surgery which is so common with blepharoplasty.
Pain, swelling and bruises are common discomfort after ptosis repair. The vision might be blurry for a couple of days. You may also have swelling on your cheeks and jawline. This will start to get better 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery.
People who just have wrinkles and their eyelid is not that much droopy to affect their eye sight.