Ptosis Surgery – Droopy Eyelid Surgery
How does ptosis show up in adults?
The most common presentation of ptosis is in adults. In the upper eyelid, there are two muscles that work together to lift the eyelid. As we age, the larger of the two muscles can slip out of position, causing the eyelid to fall down. This type of eyelid droop tends to occur more frequently as we get older. Additionally, the muscle can slip as a result of eye surgery. Cataract, glaucoma, and retina surgery can also cause the eyelid muscle to slip. There are also neurologic conditions that can cause an eyelid droop. For younger adults, we tend to see eyelid droop occur either as a result of injury, or in patients who wear contact lenses.
How is a ptosis surgery performed?
Ptosis surgery in adults is typically performed while patients are awake. This allows Dr. Dewan to ask patients to open and close their eyes during surgery to ensure the most symmetric results. The surgery can be performed in a few different ways depending upon the amount of ptosis and the functioning of the muscle. Dr. Dewan will thoroughly evaluate your eyelid functioning during your consultation and provide a recommendation on the best method of surgery.
There are three main approaches to ptosis surgery:
- The classic approach involves making an incision in the eyelid crease, which is a well-hidden incision. From here, Dr. Dewan can access the large lifting muscle in your eyelid. Using stitches, he will tighten your muscle so that it can lift more strongly.
- An alternative approach involves tightening the muscle from the underside of the eyelid. This method avoids an external skin incision and allows for faster healing and recovery.
- For patients with poor muscle functioning, the best way to lift an eyelid is to use muscles that work better than your eyelid muscle. This typically means using an implantable silicone band to allow your eyebrow muscle to help lift your eyelid.
For patients that do not want surgery, there is a new eye drop that can also temporarily lift your eyelid. Dr. Dewan can offer this to you if surgery is not the best option.
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Does insurance cover ptosis repair surgery?
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