What is it for?
- Corrects drooping of the upper eyelid
What does it mean?
- Ptosis correction surgery repositions the muscle which causes elevation of the eyelid, or suspends the upper eyelid in congenital cases where the muscle does not function. Many times, this procedure is associated with a rejuvenating upper eyelid blepharoplasty
Other procedures that can be associated
- Often associated with upper and lower blepharoplasty (4-eyelid blepharoplasty), complete facelift, mini-lift, brow-lift, botulinum toxin
Type of anaesthesia
- Usually under local anaesthesia, with or without sedation
- Positioned along the skin folds of the eyelids, almost unnoticeable after 1 to 3 months
- It does not require hospitalization, although it does require an accompanying person to return home due to the possible difficulty to fully open the eyes after surgery caused by swelling
- You can start reading after 2-3 days. The return to daily activities can start at around 5 to 7 days, although minor bruising may sometimes persist up to 2 weeks
Most frequent problems and risks
- Temporary discomfort, feeling of "tightness" in the eyelid area, swelling or bruising. Excessive tearing and sensitivity to light during the first weeks should be expected. Temporary dryness, burning or itching in the eyes may also occur but these side effects are rare.
- More rarely, there may be blurred vision or temporary double vison, infection, bleeding, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, slight asymmetry in healing and hypertrophy, difficulty in completely closing the eyes (which is rarely permanent), and a recessed lower eyelid position (if lower blepharoplasty), which may require additional surgery. Permanent loss of vision is a risk but this is extremely rare
- The improvement, though it may not be lifelong in some cases, usually lasts many years