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Ptosis Repair

What is Ptosis?

Ptosis (pronounced “toe-sis”) is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelid(s).  Excess skin hanging over the edge of the lid margin (where the eyelashes are) is called dermatochalasis , while ptosis is where the upper eyelid margin itself is too low. Ptosis can be caused by many things but is most often caused by the stretching of a muscle called the levator aponeurosis.  In most cases the muscle is healthy but stretched out, leading to sagging of the upper lids and a sleepy appearance.  Ptosis frequently blocks the superior portion of a patient’s vision unless they constantly raise their brows to see, which can lead to headaches.  This procedure is usually covered by insurance.

Pre ptosis repair
Pre Ptosis Repair Left Upper Lid
Post ptosis repair
Post Ptosis Repair Left Upper Lid
Pre bleph on upper lids
Pre Blepharoplasty Bilateral Upper Lids, Ptosis Repair Left Upper Lid
Post bleph on upper lids
Post Blepharoplasty Bilateral Upper Lids, Ptosis Repair Left Upper Lid
Pre ptosis
Pre Ptosis Repair
Post ptosis
Post Ptosis Repair
Pre ptosis and CO2 skin tightening
Pre Ptosis Repair, Lower Lid Blepharoplasty with CO2 Laser
Post ptosis and CO2 skin tightening
Post Ptosis Repair, Lower Lid Blepharoplasty with CO2 Laser

How is Ptosis Treated?

Ptosis surgery can be performed via a hidden cut in the eyelid crease, or through an incision on the back of the eyelid.  Dr. Hellman will tighten the loose muscle with a suture and then inspect the lids until they are at the perfect height.  If you also have excess skin in the upper eyelids, Dr. Hellman will usually remove this skin at the time of surgery.

pre ptosis and crease
Pre Ptosis Repair
Post ptosis and crease
Post Ptosis Repair

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