Individuals with ptosis are frequently told they look tired or fatigued. In addition, many find that the position of their eyelid(s) impairs their ability to read, drive, and perform other basic tasks. If you find your vision seriously disrupted by a drooping or falling upper eyelid(s), getting a ptosis repair procedure may be the right choice for you. Dr. Michael Connor has had years of experience performing eyelid procedures and repairs. His expertise and dedication to patient wellness can provide you with the results you’re looking for.
Ptosis is a condition in which the upper eyelid droops down over the eye, partially – or sometimes completely – blocking a full range of vision. This issue can affect one eyelid (unilateral ptosis) or both eyelids (bilateral ptosis), often to varying degrees at different times during the day.
Although its cause is often unclear, the most common reason for developing ptosis is improper functioning of the levator muscle. This major muscle is responsible for elevating the upper lid. Some people are born with a droopy eyelid (congenital ptosis), but ptosis is more commonly a result of aging, trauma, or muscular or neurological disease. Occasionally, ptosis is a symptom of an underlying ocular condition and should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist. Those struggling with this concern may feel self-conscious and have difficulty seeing. Thankfully, anyone with this condition can be a good candidate to receive treatment.
Ptosis can usually be addressed with a minor, outpatient surgical procedure. Depending on the patient’s unique needs and goals, Dr. Connor can treat ptosis by reattaching stretched muscles to their proper location, shortening the congenitally non-developed levator muscle, or utilizing a “sling” that enables the forehead to elevate the eyelid in cases where the levator muscle does not function due to neurologic or medical cause.
After a successful ptosis repair surgery, you can enjoy major improvements in your vision through parts of your eye that were previously covered by upper eyelid drooping. In addition, you will see an improvement of eyelid symmetry, height, and contour. You will also look much more awake, refreshed, and younger, positively impacting your self-esteem. Dr. Connor works hard to restore the normal anatomical appearance of your eyelids while minimizing any post-procedure scarring.
To correct a minor degree of eyelid drooping, the ptosis repair procedure can often be performed without making a skin incision. For moderate to significant amounts of ptosis, however, a small, hidden skin incision is made in the eyelid crease or on the backside of the eyelid – both of which typically leave no noticeable scarring. Ptosis repair surgery generally takes about one hour to complete, though the exact length of time will depend on the complexity of the procedure. After treatment, patients are usually able to return home with the help of a friend or family member.
Following ptosis repair surgery, the majority of individuals are able to go back to work and resume non-strenuous daily routines within one week, with all restrictions typically being lifted after about four weeks. Some initial swelling and/or bruising in the upper eyelid region can be expected, but these symptoms should fade rather quickly. If needed, any discomfort experienced can be effectively controlled with medication.
The cost of ptosis repair is dependent upon the surgical technique employed, the overall complexity of the procedure, and how much—if any—of treatment is covered by insurance. Due to the high level of customization involved, Dr. Connor will need to perform an in-person assessment to provide an accurate quote for surgery. At this time, a member of our team can also help determine what specific guidelines must be met to qualify for insurance coverage based on your particular healthcare plan.
Your insurance company may cover ptosis repair surgery if the ptosis significantly inhibits your ability to function. However, strict guidelines exist, and insurance companies will not pay for cosmetic eyelid surgery. In many cases, treatment is considered aesthetic, like upper blepharoplasty surgeries.
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– Jennifer G.
This patient had severe upper eyelid ptosis. She underwent bilateral ptosis repair, which was performed on the back side of the eyelid with no skin incisions. The procedure took 15 minutes. The eyes can be used right away and there is full recovery in 2 weeks.ANESTHESIA:
After photo taken 1 month post op
The patient had visually significant ptosis and underwent bilateral ptosis repair. Surgery was performed on the back side of the eyelid without a skin incision. An additional blepharoplasty could be done to address the excess upper eyelid skin.ANESTHESIA:
After photo taken 1 month post op
The patient had visually significant ptosis and underwent bilateral ptosis repair. She also disliked the appearance of her upper eyelid skin. The ptosis repair was done on the back of the eyelid and a cosmetic upper eyelid blepharoplasty was done to improve the appearance of her eyelids.ANESTHESIA:
Photo taken 2 months post op
The patient had both ptosis and excess upper eyelid skin. She underwent cosmetic ptosis repair and functional upper eyelid blepharoplasty.ANESTHESIA:
After photo taken 5 months post op
This patient has brow ptosis and upper eyelid ptosis. He elected to undergo eyelid ptosis repair only. There were no skin incisions and the entire procedure took 15 minutes. The eyebrow can be addressed through an incision above the brow or as a full forehead lift with incisions behind the hairline. He elected to keep his natural appearance and not address the eyebrow position.ANESTHESIA:
After photo taken 1 week post op
Palm Beach Gardens oculoplastic surgeon Michael Connor, MD is considered one of the top eyelid surgeons in South Florida. As an eyelid surgery expert, Dr. Connor is happy to provide his ptosis repair procedure to the wonderful Florida community. For more information on our surgical treatments, please contact Oculoplastic & Orbital Consultants today by calling (561) 845-6500 or filling out the form below.REQUEST CONSULTATION
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