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Ptosis Surgery (Droopy Eyelid) Philadelphia, PA
What is Ptosis Surgery?
Ptosis (“Toe-Sis” or Droopy Eyelid) is a condition where the upper eyelid or eyelids droop due to a muscle weakness. Ptosis makes a person with droopy eyelids look sad, imbalanced, tired and asymmetric. Sometimes people are judged negatively by others simply for having a droopy eyelid. Patients often share with Dr. Chandler their unhappiness with photographs or selfies of themselves, and they are often embarrassed by the droopy eyelid or lids. Asymmetric eyelids can cause frustration or even feelings of poor self-worth.
Ptosis surgery requires a true eyelid surgery expert, and few surgeons in the world have the training and experience to be considered experts in this specialty of plastic surgery. Unfortunately, Ptosis will not improve with eyelid exercises or any non-surgical treatments. Ptosis surgery is delicate, precise and challenging. Dr. Chandler will carefully study photographs of your face that he takes personally and then he will review them with you during your consultation. It is key to realize that Blepharoplasty does not correct Ptosis. Ptosis surgery is very different from Blepharoplasty, yet these procedures may be combined for the best cosmetic eyelid surgery results.
How is a droopy eyelid corrected (Eyelid Lift)?
Ptosis surgery is performed in Dr. Chandler’s Philadelphia, Main Line or South Jersey office, often under local anesthesia. Patient cooperation is required to help achieve the most precise balance in the appearance of the eyelids during this procedure. An incision is placed in the upper eyelid crease where it is blended to minimize scarring. View Dr. Chandler’s Before and After Photos of Ptosis Surgery to see top results he has achieved with Ptosis Surgery (Cosmetic Eyelift).
Diagnosing Ptosis, especially if mild, can be challenging. Also, it can be difficult to distinguish droopy eyelids due to excess skin and fat from a true weakness of the eyelid muscles. An in-person examination with a specialist in Eyelid Surgery will help determine whether or not a person has Ptosis of the eyelid(s). While there are some less common medical causes of Ptosis (like stroke or myasthenia gravis), most ptosis cases are a result of weak eyelid muscles, often due to the aging process.
Can asymmetric upper eyelids be corrected?
Everyone has some asymmetry in the structure and anatomy of his/her face and eyelids. However if one upper eyelid droops more than the other, the eyes and face look very imbalanced. Careful correction of weak eyelid muscles with Ptosis surgery can significantly help restore balance and symmetry. The most challenging aspect of Ptosis surgery is having the two eyelid be as close to symmetric as possible — and that includes the openness of the eye, the shape of the eye, the contours of the eyelids, and the creases of the upper eyelids. Ptosis surgery is complex and is best left to the expertise of eyelid surgeons like Dr. Chandler for the best outcomes.
Can Ptosis Surgery be performed on only one eyelid?
Yes it is possible to have only one eyelid operated on to achieve symmetry. However, every patient and set of eyelids is different. The two upper eyelids often work together and the way the brain controls them makes it possible that both upper eyelids may require surgery if only one eyelid seems droopy. Referred to as “Hering’s law” this determination is best left to an expert in Ptosis surgery. You can see in this link Link Here For Ptosis Repair of One Eyelid to my Before/After Ptosis Surgery patient where only one eyelid was operated on with a very pleasing outcome. The patient shown had a prior unsuccessful surgery on that same eyelid with another surgeon before she sought out Dr. Chandler for his expertise in Ptosis surgery. This patient was very grateful to Dr. Chandler for her excellent, symmetric Ptosis revision!
Does Upper Blepharoplasty fix Ptosis?
No! Blepharoplasty helps rejuvenate and sculpt the upper eyelids and removes excess skin and fat. But Blepharoplasty cannot make an eyelid open more if there is weakness of the eyelid muscles. Only a Ptosis surgery together with Blepharoplasty can achieve a more open eyelid when Ptosis is present.
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If you have Ptosis (Droopy Eyelids) and are located in Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Lower Merion Township, Radnor Township, Gladwyne, Villanova, PA, South Jersey, Cherry Hill or Moorestown, NJ and think you would benefit from Ptosis surgery, contact our office today!