Blepharoplasty Combined with Ptosis Repair

There are two 'main' surgeries that might possibly be performed on {the} upper eyelid.

  1. Ptosis is {the} medical term for drooping of {the} upper eyelid; it might possibly affect one or both eyes.

  1. Pseudoptosis is different from ptosis and refers to {the} situation when excess skin might possibly encroach on {the} eyelid; it might possibly affect one or both eyelids and is repaired by blepharoplastY

Thus {the} patient has two eyelid conditions that should be evaluated.

When you lift {the} skin (photograph on {the} right), once can see {the} patient has ptosis.

Repair of Ptosis Removal of Excess Skin
  • Ptosis (Ptosis is sometimes referred to as Blepharoptosis. It refers to an eyelid which is droopy. This might possibly cause a loss of vision, especially while reading, headaches, and eyebrow strain.
  • Surgery involves elevating {the} eyelid itself, either by a skin incision or from {the} back of {the} eyelid
  • Pseudoptosis refers to {the} situation when excess skin causes a hooding, or blinders effect, limiting {the} peripheral visual field.
  • Surgery is called a Blepharoplasty
  • Surgery involves removing excess skin and fat from {the} eyelid
Repair {the} one or both of {the} eyelid muscles that has weakened resulting in a ptotic eyelid.
  • Ptosis can be corrected via several different techniques.
  • Repair of a droopy eyelid can be performed via an eyelid crease incision or from {the} inside of {the} eyelid (no skin incision), or if severe, via alternate suspension techniques
  • Repair of ptosis & blepharoplasty are often performed at {the} same time.
Your droopy upper eyelids and droopy brows might possibly give you {the} appearance of being sleepy, tired and aging prematurely
  • In addition, this sagging, might possibly lead to brow/eyelid strain
  • Eyelid surgery to improve {the} appearance of {the} eyelids is often called 'eyelift' or 'blepharoplasty'.
  • This surgery can be performed on both {the} UPPER and on {the} LOWER eyelids.
  • In {the} pre-operative photograph above, take note that there appears to be little, if any excess upper eyelid skin.
  • Rather, {the} patient's superior visual field is limited by {the} position of {the} eyelid since it partially obstructs {the} pupil.
  • The normal position of {the} upper eyelid is midway between superior limbus and {the} upper pupillary margin.
  • When {the} edge of {the} upper eyelid falls, it might possibly block {the} upper field of your vision
  • Removal of upper eyelid excess skin and fat (often cosmetic in nature and not covered by insurance).
  • This is often called Pseudoptosis and is repaired by Blepharoplasty
  • Repair of ptosis & blepharoplasty might possibly be performed at {the} same time.


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