Droopy eyelids, also known as eyelid ptosis, occur when one or both upper eyelids rest at an abnormally low position on the eyes. In some cases, it can be difficult to lift the eyelids enough to properly see, especially if the lids cover the pupils and irises. If left untreated, droopy eyes can cause significant damage to one’s sight as the eyes attempt to adjust to the obscured visual field. It is not uncommon for droopy eyelids to lead to eyesight conditions, such as astigmatism or lazy eye (amblyopia).
If you or someone you care about is living with droopy eyelids, whether as a result of injury, neurological disorder, or simply old age, it is possible to correct the condition with reconstructive eye surgery. To learn more about potential treatment options, please schedule a consultation with the renowned oculoplastic surgeons at Taban MD in Los Angeles.
What is Involved in Droopy Eyelid Reconstruction Surgery?
In order to correct ptosis, it is important to go to a oculoplastic surgeon, rather than a cosmetic or general plastic surgeon, as the procedure requires highly specialized skill and training. Depending on the cause of the eyelid condition, it may be necessary to surgically adjust the tendons or muscles that help support the eyelid. The most common causes of droopy eyelids include:
Acquired Ptosis: The most common type of ptosis often occurs in adults as a result of weakened or stretched tendons of the levator muscles over time. Acquired eyelid ptosis, also known as aponeurotic ptosis, can be corrected by tightening the levator muscle to lift the eyelid to a desired position. This could be done either via making incision from the outside or inside of the upper eyelid. It is important to understand that droopy eyelid surgery is different than upper blepharoplasty as the latter only removes skin from the upper eyelids without actually raising the eyelid. Upper blepharoplasty can easily be combined with droopy eyelid ptosis surgery in those who also need skin removed in addition to lifting the upper eyelids.
Congenital Ptosis: When a droopy eyelid is present at birth, it is typically because the levator muscle, which lifts the eyelid, did not fully develop. With poorly developed levator muscles, it can be difficult to fully lift or relax the eyelids. Usually the condition is mild and is addressed when the patient is older. The corrective procedure is similar to that of adult acquired eyelid ptosis. However, if the muscle is significantly weak and the ptosis is severe enough, then it needs to be addressed during childhood to prevent amblyopia (lazy eye); this usually requires a frontalis sling. The upper eyelid is secured to the frontalis muscle in the forehead with a synthetic material or fascial tissue from the thigh, allowing the patient to properly lift his or her eyelids to a comfortable position,
Schedule an Consultation for Droopy Eyes Today
To learn more about droopy eyes and other potential causes and treatments, please do not wait to contact oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban and schedule an initial consultation in our Beverly Hills or Santa Barbara offices in the greater Los Angeles area. We will work closely with you to determine the best treatment option to suit your needs and cosmetic goals. Call us now!