If you notice that you have trouble seeing clearly or feel dissatisfied with your appearance due to loose, sagging upper eyelids, you may be eligible for an effective surgical procedure called blepharoptosis surgery. While drooping eyelids (ptosis) are often a sign of aging, it can also occur as a result of an injury or neurological condition. If it occurs in young children, droopy eyelid(s) can interfere with a child’s visual development, resulting in lazy eyes Fortunately, the board-certified oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Mehryar Taban in Beverly Hills has the extensive training and experience necessary to safely correct eyelid ptosis.
To make an appointment with Dr. Taban, please do not hesitate to call us today at (877) 697-4586 or contact us online.
What is a Blepharoptosis?
While a blepharoptosis procedure is often referred to as an “eyelid lift,” it is an oculoplastic operation in which the small levator muscle tendon that helps move and hold the eyelid is adjusted and tightened, allowing the individual to keep his or her eye open comfortably. Eyelid ptosis surgery (droopy eyelid surgery) is appropriate for individuals in whom the levator muscle tendons have become loose and weak, rather than those who have eyelids that are puffy as a result of excess skin or fat. The latter requires upper blepharoplasty rather eyelid ptosis surgery. In many cases, both procedures are done together if necessary.
Some patients require a combination of blepharoptosis and other eyelid and eyebrow procedures to achieve their cosmetic and medical goals. It is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with an experienced oculoplastic surgeon to determine the exact cause of your eyelid droopiness before undergoing any procedures. Dr. Taban always conducts thorough eye examinations in order to reach an accurate diagnosis, and therefore, a comprehensive treatment plan that is suited to each patient’s condition.
The Eyelid Ptosis Surgical Procedure
Prior to the blepharoptosis (eyelid ptosis) surgery, a skilled oculoplastic surgeon can provide the patient with medication to help him or her relax if he or he is nervous; however, it is important to note that droopy eyelid surgery is a fairly simple procedure that can be safely performed under local anesthesia at the surgeon’s office. Once the patient’s eyelid is numbed with local anesthetic, the surgeon will make a small incision in the eyelid crease to locate the levator muscle tendon. The tendon is tightened and reattached to the supporting structures of the upper eyelid. Since the patient is awake during the procedure, he or she will sit upright and may be asked to open and close his or her eyes to ensure that the lids are symmetrical.
After the procedure, patients are advised to apply ice packs and antibiotic ointment to the eyelids for the first three to four days and then switch to warm compresses. Patients often experience temporary discomfort and blurry vision, particularly during the first few days of recovery.
Contact TabanMD Today!
To learn more about treatment options for eyelid Ptosis, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban, an exceptional oculoplastic surgeon with extensive experience in performing blepharoptosis operations. Whether you simply need correction of the upper eyelids or a combination of treatments, your oculoplastic surgeon at TabanMD can assist you.
Call (877) 697-4586 or contact us online today to learn more.
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Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban is one of the few board certified surgeons who is a member of the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), and the American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO or ABO). Dr. Taban specializes in eyelid and facial plastic (cosmetic and reconstructive) surgery. He uses the latest technology in surgery, including minimal incision techniques, to provide quicker recovery times and natural outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Taban here.