Often patients complain of droopy eyelids when there is a flap of excess skin and/or puffiness on the upper eyelid. This is called dermatochalasis and cosmetic eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) is the treatment.
A true droopy eyelid, called ptosis, is when the upper eyelid descends lower than it was before and covers the pupil. Ptosis should not be confused with excess eyelid skin or fat, which is corrected with blepharoplasty surgery. Many patients with ptosis also have excess eyelid skin/fat and both need to be addressed for the best aesthetic result. An oculofacial plastic surgeon is uniquely skilled to identify and treat both of these conditions.
Ptosis is seen when the upper eyelid droops or sags due to stretching or weakness of the muscle that is responsible for raising the eyelid, called the levator muscle and can affect one or both eyelids. Ptosis may also occur from damage to nerves controlling the muscle. It can be a manifestation of the normal aging process, a congenital condition or due to an injury or disease.
It is very important to establish the correct cause to ensure the best treatment outcome.
When the eyelid position is so low that it obscures peripheral vision, it may be considered functional or medically necessary and covered by most insurance plans. Documentation with photographs and a visual field test is needed to prove that the vision is being affected. If the vision is not affected, ptosis can be corrected as a cosmetic procedure.
Various surgical techniques exist to correct ptosis. Most consist of tightening of the muscle that lifts the eyelid. This can be done through an incision in the crease of the eyelid or on the inside of the eyelid. The surgical approach is chosen based on the individual patient’s examination and testing. Often ptosis surgery is combined with an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty).
For more information about correcting droopy eyelids please contact us or call us today at (203) 557-6464.
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