Do I Have Ptosis, and What Can I Do About It?

When you look in the mirror, do your eyelids appear to droop down over the eyes themselves? If the answer is yes, you may have ptosis.

What is Ptosis?

Ptosis is a condition that affects the upper eyelid,  and it occurs when the eyelid margin hangs down and obstructs part of the eye. It isn’t the skin that hangs over. It’s a droopy lid. While ptosis isn’t dangerous, many people want to eliminate it for aesthetic purposes, given that drooping eyelids can create an aging or continuously exhausted appearance. Additionally, in the most severe cases, ptosis may even block part of your field of vision. 

The levator muscle is involved in ptosis development, and this muscle is entirely responsible for raising the upper eyelid. If it becomes stretched or loosened, the levator muscle won’t be as effective in keeping the eyelid in a raised position. As a result, the eyelid can begin to move downward. 

Whether it is caused by glaucoma medications, an eye injury, lash growth serums, or a previous blepharoplasty, ptosis can be extremely frustrating. Fortunately, ptosis repair is an available treatment and will restore the natural position of your upper eyelids. 

Ptosis Repair For Lifted Lids

Ptosis repair involves the tightening of the levator muscle. Typically, an incision is made during the procedure and can be easily concealed in the natural crease of your eyelid, preventing any visible scarring. During ptosis repair, your surgeon can also form a new lid crease, if desired. 

After ptosis repair, your eyes will have an alert, refreshed appearance. The upper eyelids will be in a raised position, your full field of vision will be restored, and the eyelashes will point upward. For patients with more pronounced ptosis in one eye over the other, ptosis repair can also give your eyes a more symmetrical appearance. 

If you have any signs of ptosis and are interested in rejuvenating the appearance of your eyes, schedule an appointment at Florida Face and Body today to learn more about what ptosis repair can do for you.