As you age, everything sags to some extent. Your upper eyelids are no exemption! Sagging upper eyelids, also known as ptosis, might be uncomfortable to see in the mirror from an aesthetic aspect. Nonetheless, they could also droop to the point of impairing eyesight as they progress below. As an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Soheila Rostami of Rostami OPC offers ptosis surgery to women and men across Virginia. To learn more about the technique Dr. Rostami uses to correct ptosis in Reston, VA, call the office or book an appointment online today.
What Is Ptosis?
Ptosis is merely a droopy or saggy upper eyelid. With this condition, your upper eyelid border drops to a lower place than usual. It could affect one eye (unilateral) or both eyes (bilateral).
Ptosis can be present from birth (Congenital Ptosis) or develop over time with aging. It might be merely aesthetic, or it could indicate a more severe disorder involving the nerves, muscles, eye socket, or brain.
However, ptosis that develops rapidly, in days or even hours, is an indicator of a more significant health issue.
When Is It Necessary to Have Eyelid Surgery to Address Ptosis?
Upper eyelid drooping does not necessitate surgery in its early stages. Surgery might not even be essential for some persons who are not concerned by their eyelids drooping. However, if your drooping eyelid or eyelids start to obstruct your eyesight, surgery may be appropriate.
Some patients are unhappy with how their drooping eyelids age their appearance. Besides, the eyes are the main center of the face. Therefore, droopy eyelids will make your entire face appear older.
Blepharoplasty, or cosmetic eyelid surgery, is based on this principle. Contrary, ptosis surgery focuses on strengthening the levator muscles rather than removing extra skin like blepharoplasty.
What Exactly Does the Procedure Entail?
The ptosis surgical procedure is normally done with a local anesthetic injection to your eyelid or local anesthetic eye drops. The procedure normally takes 45-90 minutes, based on whether the treatment is performed on one or both upper eyelids.
Your oculoplastic surgeon will cut the skin’s natural crease of your eyelid. The levator muscle will be stitched to reinforce its attachment to your eyelid and to modify the elevation of your eyelid.
What Is the Recovery Like Following Ptosis Surgery?
After several hours of your operation, you can return home. Nevertheless, there are a few measures you should take when you arrive home:
- Do not wet your eyelid, exercise vigorously, or bend down till the stitches have been withdrawn
- For several weeks, avoid consuming alcohol or wearing eye make-up, and protect your face from direct sun
- Refrain from swimming for about a month
Routine exercising should help you get back to your daily activities as rapidly as feasible. However, before you begin exercising, seek counsel from your specialist.
The outcomes of ptosis surgery are long-lasting. Your face will continue aging, yet it will always look younger than it would if you had not undergone surgery.
Say goodbye to ptosis! With surgery by a competent oculofacial plastic surgeon at Rostami OPC, you can enhance your vision and appearance by correcting the unsightly droopy eyelid(s). Schedule a ptosis surgery consultation through mobile or request online today.