Eyelid Ptosis – 3 Reasons Why Eyelid Surgery Can Help Droopy Eyes

A Guide to Eyelid Ptosis – 3 Reasons Why Surgery Can Help Droopy Eyelids

  • Do you look in the mirror and see droopy eyelids?
  • Do you have to raise your eyebrows just to see properly?
  • Are your eyelids causing you difficulty seeing well?

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Perhaps your eyelids drop down and sag over your pupils a bit. If this sounds like you then you may have eyelid ptosis (TOE-sis). In other words ‘drooping eyelids’[1]. Having eyelid ptosis can actually affect your vision. Your condition may be so severe that you find yourself having to lift your head or eyebrows to see more clearly. If this is the case or if you are not satisfied with how your eyelids have changed over time then continue to read and find out what treatment options are available to you.


Does This Sound Like You?                                

  • Do you look older around the eyes than you actually are?
  • Is your vision impaired because of your drooping upper eyelid folds?
  • Do you have trouble seeing clearly?
  • Do you always look tired? Even after getting a fantastic night’s sleep?
  • Is it difficult to put on your eye makeup?

Causes of Ptosis and Why You Might Need Eyelid Surgery (Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty)

There are many factors that can cause ptosis. Sometimes babies are even born with droopy eyelids, however, it is often something adults develop later in life. In fact, it can be attributed to muscle weakening due to the ageing process.

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Ptosis can also be a lasting effect from certain health conditions or surgeries.

Muscular dystrophies can damage or weaken eye area muscles over time which can lead to the condition of ptosis. Having eye surgeries such as Lasik and cataract surgery can damage or weaken your eye muscles. More serious conditions, like tumours and brain aneurysms, can also cause ptosis so be sure to check with your G.P.  if you notice any sudden or severe eyelid drooping, to ensure that you are not suffering from a major medical condition[2].


Symptoms of Eyelid Ptosis

  • The main symptom of ptosis is drooping of the eyelid or of both eyelids.
  • You may see the eyelid skin droop in one or both eyes.
  • You may also notice that the droopiness doesn’t always happen and that at times it can be barely noticeable.
  • Upper eyelids and lower eyelids can droop – the upper eyelid is usually the area that droops first.

One of the major complaints of EYELID PTOSIS is that people who have the condition complain that they look tired and appear older than they actually are.

Three Reasons Why Eyelid Surgery can help you with ptosis

1. Treatment can be simple, compared to other facial surgeries

Treatment of ptosis will depend on your age, and the level of droopiness as well as if it’s in both eyes and whether its the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both that have major droopiness.

The great news is that Plastic Surgery options for Eyelid Ptosis are available for you. Sometimes non-surgical methods such as Injections can also help; our Coco Ruby Team can help you to decide if Injectables or Surgery is best for your ptosis treatment.

Eyelid Lift Procedure – Blepharoplasty

  • Ptosis can be corrected surgically and will involve the tightening of levator muscle which holds your eyelid up.
  • In some cases when the levator muscle is extremely weak, your Surgeon may perform a “sling” operation that will allow the forehead muscles to lift the eyelid(s).
  • Even minor ptosis can be surgically treated and your Surgeon will perform several eye tests to determine which option is best for you.

2. Correct children’s vision and allow for a better quality of life.

  • When children are born with ptosis it often requires treatment to correct the condition as it can lead to vision problems later in life.
  • Congenital ptosis is normally not an indication of anything serious. It is usually more of an indication that the eye’s levator muscles did not fully develop during gestation.
  • If the ptosis is severe enough it can even prevent a child from walking well because of the constant lifting of the child’s head in order to see clearly.
  • If the condition is not as serious, then surgery is generally deferred until the child is about 4 to 6 years of age. This is due to the fact that children are a bit more cooperative with surgeries by this stage.

3. Appear Younger

Upper eyelid lift surgery or blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-roe-plas-tee), is very effective in treating eyelid droopiness and enhancing your overall appearance. You may be struggling to apply eye makeup because of your drooping eyelids or you just want to appear younger overall. Surgery really is the best option for treating ptosis and the team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery will be happy to discuss options with you.

Does Health Insurance Pay for Eye Lid Surgery?

Some patients MAY qualify for a partial surgery rebate or partial procedure cover by their health insurance companies if they have Ptosis that impacts their vision.

You may be eligible for cover by your INSURANCE or you may qualify for a partial Medicare Rebate. However, this depends on whether the surgery repairs a condition that impairs vision. Unfortunately, if you are having the surgery purely for cosmetic reasons, most insurance plans will NOT cover you.

Where is Eyelid Ptosis Surgery performed?

Most upper eyelid surgery is done as OUTPATIENT day surgery. Although it can also be performed in a fully accredited Hospital. Or, if the candidate is suitable, in a Day Surgery Facility. However, most lower eyelid lift surgery procedures (Lower Blepharoplasty) are performed in hospitals to maximise patient safety.

You can sometimes undergo a Blepharoplasty surgery at the same time as other plastic & cosmetic procedures, for example, a brow or facelift. Your eyelid procedure can also sometimes be combined with injectables treatments, including reducing wrinkles in the brow or forehead or using fillers to reduce your eye lines or crow’s feet.

The procedure itself generally takes from one to up to three hours. During this time your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will remove any excess skin and/or fat as well as repair any weakened muscles.

Recovery for Eye Lid Surgery for Ptosis or Eyelid Rejuvenation

You will spend several hours in recovery and if all goes well you should be able to go home that same day! However, there are some things you need to be aware of;

  • You may be sore for several days after the procedure.
  • Some redness and swelling are normal.
  • You could also experience some bruising around the eye area.
  • Furthermore, your eyelids or eyelid incision may feel tight or scratchy.

Be sure to rest and follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions.

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[1] Source: http://www.asoprs.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3669

[2] Source: http://www.healthline.com/symptom/droopy-eyelid

Last updated: 29/04/2022
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Dr Richard Sackelariou - MBBS, BMedSc, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Richard Sackelariou, MBBS, FRACS/FRCS, is a leading Sydney Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon who sees patients in two locations: Double Bay, Sydney and Melbourne VIC (Australia). Dr Sackelariou offers extensive experience in attaining natural-looking, excellent surgical results for patients of all ages. Graduate of Sydney University, FRACS, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery plus additional training in Cosmetic Surgery in Paris at the Clinique Turin in 1994. BIO PAGE: Click here

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